in a Restored Machiya
concepta home with an inner garage that expanded possibilities
In the Heian period, Murasakino was a forbidden hunting ground for imperial family members and a serene place where nobles enjoyed foraging for ferns and plants.
Reflecting on the region's history, we have revived a Machiya where hobbies can flourish through renovation.
Taking inspiration from the weaving structures of the "Oriyadatte" building which historically served as both a workplace and residence and featured high ceilings, we have transformed the space into a uniquely Japanese garage house.
This is a space designed for indulging in hobbies and recreational activities.
Inside the built-in garage, we have installed EV/PHEV charging points for electric vehicles, aiming to create a versatile space that seamlessly integrates the old and the new.
Furthermore, in homage to the nearby association with the renowned metalworkers Goto Yujo and Tokunori, the interior of the building features the incorporation of metal materials throughout.
Now, in the Reiwa era, this meticulously "restored" Kyomachiya stands as an invitation to a lifestyle where playfulness knows no bounds. Would you like to experience the art of truly embracing life in this remarkable space?
From the entrance to the earthen floor, Engawa porch to the garden, the space is designed in the style of traditional Japanese architecture, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. The large-sized tiles, traditionally laid out in a herringbone pattern, are capable of accommodating heavy vehicles including motorcycles and cars. The entrance is equipped with facilities such as motion and heat-sensing ventilators, a handwashing area, and EV/PHEV charging points, making it not just a storage area but a stylish space to enjoy life with your vehicles. The design combines practicality and aesthetics.
Black iron plates are integrated into the earthen floor's lower panels and kitchen counter. This adds an industrial touch that complements motorcycles, vintage cars, and more, while also allowing you to appreciate the effects of aging. The iron staircase leading to the loft deliberately avoids risers, reducing a sense of confinement and aligning well with the garage's atmosphere. Its skeleton design also creates a sense of presence and unity with the loft's railing.
In the spacious garage area which was originally used for weaving, a loft with Tatami flooring in a Kyomachiya style has been created. The entrance, which requires you to slightly bend, replicates the entrance of a traditional Japanese tea room. The low-ceilinged Tatami area recreates the traditional way of sitting on the floor or Tatami mats, and the placement of skylights makes this space bright and inviting.
"Nook" finds its origin in the Scottish word "neuk", meaning a small and cozy space. A compact space offering easy access to essentials which is perfect for a snug lifestyle. Enjoy the comfort of a cozy hideaway.
The layout is designed to minimize external visibility while offering views of the earthen floor and garden. Skylights have been added to the spacious weaving floor for a bright and comfortable atmosphere. The LDK features a built-in counter, and the floor is equipped with floor heating in key areas to ensure warmth in chilly Kyoto winters. An electric screen operated by remote control is integrated into the living room's western wall, enabling a luxurious private theater experience using a projector.
The garden brings elements from the outside into the building and offers changing views based on the opening and closing of the entrance door. Bright and ever-changing, the garden reflects the seasons. It consists of features like the weeping red maple leaves that sway in the breeze, the Japanese snowbell that casts shadows, the "Tsukubai" washbasin where you can watch the water flow, and the ”Kazuraishi” stone that adds depth. Within the limited space of the townhouse, it creates a sense of depth and expansiveness. The area is gently illuminated by the light of the iron lantern adorned with pine, bamboo, and plum motifs.
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Located in the northern part of Kyoto City, Kita Ward offers a serene living environment enriched with renowned cultural treasures such as Daitokuji Temple and Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). Not only are the historical landmarks that make Kita Ward special, but the area also boasts a convenient lifestyle with essential amenities such as supermarkets, drugstores, banks, post offices, bakeries, and cafes readily available. While it might seem a distance away from Kyoto Station on the map, the accessibility is well facilitated by buses, offering direct connections to Kyoto Station and the city center without any transfers. Also, with the convenience of bicycles, exploring the city becomes effortless.
Moreover, in recent years, the influence of the Katana boom, driven by the popularity of works centered around swords, has been felt in the region. Notably, buildings like Kenkun Shrine, which houses swords owned by Oda Nobunaga, and Jobonrendaiji Temple, linked to the distinguished swordsmith Goto Yujo and Goto Tokijo, the ancestors of the Goto family renowned for their decorative metalwork on swords, have gained attention and brought vibrancy to the area.
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|Property Price||41,800,000 JPY (Approx. USD *1JPY= USD)|
|Type & Conditions||Used House (Kyomachiya/One of 2-terraced houses)|
|Location||6-13 and others, Murasakino-Junibocho, Kita Ward, Kyoto|
|Transportations||approx. 3 min. walk from Kyoto City Bus "Senbon-Kuramaguchi Stop"|
|approx. 24 min. walk from Keifuku Electric Railroad Kitano-line "Kitano-Hakubaicho Sta."|
|approx. 26 min. walk from Subway Karasuma-line "Kuramaguchi Sta." Exit 2|
|【Actual/Measured by surveyors】approx. 75.45sqm|
|Private Street Area Included||Yes (One half of 10.84sqm / One-forth of 23.21sqm)|
(subsidiary building) Mill/Single Storey Wooden House/22.80sqm
|【Actual/Tape measured】1F: 57.14sqm, Loft: 18.01sqm
(approx. number/including unregistered area)
|Building Structure||Single-Storey Wooden House|
|Building Date||Unspecifiable (the earliest record in the house evaluation report is 1927)|
|Size||Living-Dining-Kitchen + Garage + Loft (6-mats Tatami, 2.1-mats nook)|
|Adjoining Street||Street width: 2.48～2.50m, Frontage: 7.82m, Direction: North (approx. number)|
|Public Utility||Electricity, Water Plumbing In/Out, City Gas|
|Land Use District||【A】Neighborhood Commercial District 【B】Category 1 Residential District|
|Legal Restrictions||【A/B in common】Quasi-Fire Prevent District, Distant View Preservation Zone, Residence Attraction Area, Established Urban Area
【A】15m / Category 4 Height Control District, Central Line Roadside Aesthetic Formation District, Outdoor Advertisement Roadside Category 2 Regulatory District
【B】15m / Category 2 Height Control District, Old Urban Type Aesthetic District, Outdoor Advertisement Category 3 Regulatory District
|Building Coverage Ratio||【A】80% 【B】60%|
|Floor Area Ratio||【A】240% (300%) 【B】160% (200%)|
|Land Category||Residential Land|
|Notification According to National Land Utilization Law||Not Required|
|Elementary School||Murasakino Elementary School (approx. 11 min. walk/875m)|
|Junior High School||Karaku Junior High School (approx. 12 min. walk/930m)|
|City Planning Act||Urbanization Promotion Area|
|Renovation Works||Fully renovated by Hachise in Jul 2023|
|Renewed water plumbing facilities (bathroom, kitchen, toilet, washbasin, etc.), Repaired and repainted exterior walls, Renewed fittings (exterior/interior), Interior refurbishment, Replaced flooring materials, Installation of floor heating system, Gardening, etc.|
|Remarks||※approx. 5.93sqm setback
※This property has obtained Kyo-machiya profile.
※Furniture shown in photos is not included in the property price.
|Transaction Terms||Hachise as a Seller (No agent commission required)|
|Sales Representatives||(EN) Aya Kito / Boa Zhang|
|(JP) Masanori Yanagiuchi|
|Information Updated||Sept 25, 2023|
|Information will be Updated||Oct 2, 2023|
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