We've had the pleasure of looking after this property for the last few years, firstly as a rental then more recently as a sale. By the time it'd reached that point, things were starting to show their age and whilst it looked like a thoroughly authentic space (which it most certainly was), and looked amazing pics, the reality of living in it day-to-day was somewhat different.
Enter the current owner. With a creative background, this was a space that she could sink her imaginative teeth into. It wasn't a project to flip, the requirements were space, light and quiet. Plus, with two growing kids, it had to have a funky feel. This then, ticked all the boxed. With flair and artistic precision, the down at heel open space was picked apart and put back together with warmth and colour, wth the addition of some proper bedrooms. All this without losing the authenticity. It’s one that has stuck in our memory banks for a while.
Now a few years on, all that space is not so much of a requirement and pastures new beckon. So, this stunning space can be purchased. The thing is, much like many a vendor at right now, the concern is that property is taking just that bit longer to sell and savvy sellers are not interested in having their details plastered across the portals for any longer than is necessary. With that in mind and considering this is a sale for specific reasons and not a forced sale, the decision has been made to "discreetly" market this property via all our social media platforms and not on the likes of the portals.
The guide price is £1,100,000 and viewings can be booked via this site
Imagine keeping your work and home life separate without the commute, balanced with an urban London lifestyle and regularly getting away from it all, without ever having to go anywhere. If that sounds like the stuff of dreams, stand by for a reality check.
Standing on Kirkwood Road in SE15, there is little clue to what lays behind an unassuming gate in a typical Victorian terrace, least of all a gasp-worthy pair of houses created from a former hosepipe factory.
The conversion was completed in 2006 after the old industrial building had lain empty for some years. When open, the factory was the home of W. Greenwood & Sons Co. Ltd who operated here as “oil resisting hose pipe manufacturers” between about 1950 and 1980.
Many years later, an enterprising developer and architect saw a new future of residential use. Initially gaining consent for a mews of three, they were subsequently given permission to take that number down to two having decided a pair of larger houses would be rather more exciting. At 3,349ft2 this one is the bigger brother and is available for the first time since its initial sale.
Packed to the rafters with exposed timberwork, the house emits a convincing barn-like quality that immediately captured the current owner: at the time, a move to a converted farm building in the countryside was seriously on the cards. Already living a loft life in a nearby converted school, moving here delivered the desired domestic setting while retaining an urban existence.
Inside, the sense of light grabs you at once. As well as large skylights, a double height glass atrium reaches into the roof’s apex and forms the end piece to the dining kitchen and, above it, the vast living room (where you’ll find a real log burner for winter cosiness). 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a chill-out room – of course! – and a surprisingly secluded garden complete a unique property, described by the owner as “very much a comfortable and functional home”.
The cherry on the cake is the detached workshop at the end of the garden, now renovated into a wonderful studio space for running a business – a major improvement on using the spare bedroom!
As one of London’s most vibrant and eclectic neighbourhoods, Peckham has recently added a slew of fun cafés and bars to an already lively high street and market. The town is home to Peckhamplex, London’s most successful independent cinema, as well as the summertime Rooftop Film Club. Wander past numerous places to eat and some great local pubs to eventually end up at Peckham Rye Park & Common, where you can walk off any calories accumulated along the way.
Should you wish to leave the neighbourhood, London Overground and Southern trains stop at nearby Queens Road Peckham station, with direct services to, among others, London Bridge (7 mins) and Shoreditch High Street (17 mins).
Yes, I know this blog is all about London Lofts but occasionally I'll stumble across something that needs to waxed lyrical about, this is one of those moments.
Faversham in Kent is the location of the subject of my latest ramblings. I could bore you for hours on this one as I've totally fallen for this place but I don't want you falling asleep so I'll keep it as concise as I can.
About 10 years ago, the current owner and thoroughly nice chap tried to buy on a whim, an old converted ship lap boarded building sat at the edge of the creek in town but due to circumstances beyond his control, never went through with the purchase. By now, he'd been totally seduced by the charm of this pretty medieval market town and decided to hunt out something else that offered him a weekend retreat. Whilst exploring, it became evident that the social scene was buzzing, particularly in the arts scene, which was handy as this particular buyer was a certain Jeff Lowe, who, to the un-initiated, was an established sculptor with international acclaim.
So, after a lengthy search, Flint House presented itself. Within a nano second of stepping over the threshold, Jeff and his wife knew this huge apartment which housed the assembly hall of a former school was "the one". Once an imposing gothic style building, now, after much love thrown at it with a sympathetic eye, a grade two listed development of just 12 properties of varying shapes and sizes. That was that, a swift completion ensued and the romance with rural Kent started.
Fast forward to today and Faversham with its growing popularity with Londoners looking for a slightly more gentile life just an hour from the smoke has become something of a more semi permanent affair for the owners. So much so that the only reason this place is up for sale is due to a forthcoming move to another jaw dropping property just outside Faversham, one thats been widely touted buy a national newspaper as one of the top 50 of the worlds most interesting properties and one with enough acreage to house his impressive collection of sculptures.
Back to Flint House. The reason for me going all misty eyed about it is the charm of the place, its almost tangible. Or, it maybe because as I write this, I'm indulging in my guilty pleasure of listing to Christmas tunes on Spotify whilst the frost disappears outside. I cant help picturing a large gathering relaxing around the huge rustic oak table tucking in to a festive banquet. what ever. My point is really that this bears the hall marks of what a great property should do, bring out emotions that you thought you had buried away. It really delivers. I hope you can see with the series of pictures attached why I've been waffling on about it.
Before I sign off, one thing worth noting is this, if you are lucky enough to own and live in a space like this and about to embark on a refurb mission please take note of the all important dressing of the interior, apparently its been singled out as the main reason this place found its buyer within 10 days of going to market. Worth keeping in mind.
We all love a project don't we? Certainly in my heady days as an agent, they were the sought after pick of the bunch. It didn't matter where you lived or wanted to live, there was always another budding Sarah Beeny looking for that place to put their own stamp on and to be honest, I can see why, why pay over the top for the previous owners paint and paper when you're going to do your own things anyway....
Now, try finding that un-modernised space in London and the old proverb ("rarer than rocking horse sh*t) springs to mind. That was until this huge space to the East of the big smoke reared its head, bravo! I thought. So why hasn't it sold? That I really cant answer but i guess its indicative of the state of the market generally? who knows....
What I do know is that on closer inspection, this place should tick all the boxes and maybe even give Kevin McCloud and warm fuzzy feeling, its a place that any inspired interior guru could turn in to a Grand Design of their own.
There's just over 2200 sq ft to play with, three floors of loft loveliness that is crying out to suitably played about with. All the hall marks are there, decent ceiling height, spacious open plan rooms, some exposed beams, wooden floors and all of it wrapped up with exposed brick work.
The building that houses this apartment is almost text book, ask someone to describe a loft building and they would conjure up the exterior of this former dog biscuit factory in what was once the industrial heartland of London's East End.
And the price? well, a snip under £1 Million. Thats a lot lot flat for the money (in my opinion)
Tucked way in the East End is a small Victorian building which happens to be featured in our list of top loft buildings in the hipster quarter of London. Minerva Street is a tiny road just a stones throw from Hackney Road and as you'd expect has all the standard issue local amenities that you'll need being a cool East End loft dweller, anything from your morning caffein injection at the achingly cool Hackney Coffee Co to the razor sharp Vagabond Tattoo Studio and everything in the middle supplied by the Tesco metro.
We thought this well worthy of a mention, usually its the mega lofts that gain centre stage but mega lofts have price tags to match, this one on the other hand has more modest £455,000 attached to it and is currently being listed through Prospect Residential http://www.prospectresidential.com//property/propect125_25/e2/minerva-street/london/flat/1-bedroom
Photos and floor plans courtesy of Prospect.
We've been very fortunate this week to have stumbled across this gem of a loft tucked away in an anonymous street in Peckham SE15. Its so good, its made the blog, loft of the week and on to our short list of serious London Lofts. Odd thing is its only one of two properties in a converted factory that in its heyday produced........hose pipes! Who would have thought that such a bog standard building back in the day could have produced so much pleasure tickling our property fancy. See loft of the week for the full SP and enjoy!
.....to all the people who have viewed our site so far, literally hundreds of you and we only went live on Monday! Maybe this means that our thought of sharing our love of loft and warehouse apartments wasn't such a bonkers idea after all. Clearly there are a few of you with the same thoughts. I've been trawling through the web on my mission to find some tasty places to share with you. I've also been contacted by a few people who'd like to share ideas and tips on the best way to dress your loft so there is lots more to come. I'm all ears with this concept so if there is anything you've seen or heard about that is worthy of a mention, please do let me know via the contact page. Until next time....
Loft of the week this week is one of our all time favorites. Its been in the same hands for about 10 years and over that time its been a venue for some rather lavish do's, some extravagant dinner parties, a roller disco and more recently its housed a full size trampoline (every loft should have one darling). All we'll say is that it fits in with the London Loft Apartments ethos, if it puts a smile on your face, then job done. Pictures say a 1000 words apparently so we'll let these one's do the talking....http://www.londonloftapartments.co.uk/loft-of-the-week.html
Hello, thanks for checking in to London Loft Apartments. As you may have already gathered, we're huge fans of lofts, warehouses, cool spaces and quite frankly anything that puts a smile on your face. This blog will be updated regularly with new stuff, property, ideas, decor, interiors and everything loft related. We'll also be constantly adding new sexy property as and when we hear about them. If you live in a cool sublime space or you know of anything that really needs shouting about, please do reach out, we'd love to know and if its as good as you say, we'll feature it, only the best will make the grade. We'd also like to hear from you if you live in one and why, what make living warehouse and loft living so special? Come on, don't be shy, share it with the world......please.