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!