By Beverley Brown
MY property of the week is in the Fife conservation area of Lower Largo, an ancient fishing village famously known as the birthplace of Alexander Selkirk in 1676.
Selkirk provided the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and a signpost at the harbour points in the direction of the Juan Fernandez Islands some 7,000 miles distant where Selkirk spent several years as a castaway.
A private garden with direct beach access and great views across the Firth of Forth are just two incentives to buy the first floor apartment within Balguthrie, a character property that dates back to circa 1737 and was originally two cottages made into one around 50 years ago.
The accommodation comprises open-plan living/dining room with steps up to a family area with a door onto a balcony that provides access to the rear garden and beach beyond, fitted dining-sized kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom.
In addition, the property includes a separate outbuilding with power and water, which subject to planning, offers potential for myriad uses.
The garden is a joy with a patio area at the bottom, where steps lead to the shore. The sailing club is also just two doors away.
Offers over £245,000 are invited by Strutt & Parker’s Edinburgh office.