A Renovation Project for Sale in Brondesbury, NW6

19 May
May 19, 2014


A renovation project for sale in Brondesbury, NW6 London.


A detached double-fronted house comprising well over 5000 square feet of interesting, character-laden accommodation. It requires substantial modernisation but lends itself to myriad ways of adapting the space as an extremely large family house or conversion into several self contained units subject of course to the necessary planning consents. One feature of particular importance is the double-volume Studio with a spiral staircase leading to a gallery. As a magnificent backcloth to the property is a land-locked garden stretching to approximately a third of an acre. The accommodation is arranged over 4 floors and furthermore is enhanced by a large cellar area.

Location: Cavendish Road, Brondesbury NW6
Guide price: £Sale By Tender / Freehold
House size: 5 Bedroom, 5 bathroom, Garden, 5,255 square feet

Further details can be found here.

Thanks to Lana for the property submission.

Industrial Style House for Sale: West Hampstead, London

11 Apr
April 11, 2014


This late-Victorian façade property redesigned in an industrial style house for sale on Sherriff Road, West Hampstead, London NW6.


The house was redesigned in its entirety in the 1980s by the architect Brian Muller, who stripped it back to the structural fabric of brick, joists and lath, and planted a tree that grows through the middle of the space. Huge glazed up-and-over doors flood the interior with natural light and allow it to be opened up to the south-facing garden, providing a seamless transition between inside and out. Metal service ducts and boldly exposed pipework are a nod to the High Tech movement pioneered by architects such as Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.

Accommodation is arranged over three floors. The ground floor is perfectly suited to entertaining, with a 35ft split-level reception room leading to an open-plan kitchen and dining area. The two upper floors contain the sleeping accommodation, with five bedrooms and three en-suite bathrooms. One of the bedrooms has a mezzanine in the eaves of the building, providing extensive amounts of storage, and there is a large study on the first floor, overlooking the dining area. There is also further storage space in the cellar.

The house was the subject of an extensive feature in the Architectural Review shortly after it was completed. “On entering, most first-time visitors gasp,” it wrote. “The effect [of Muller’s design] is spacious, light, cheerful and very liveable. It is also enchanting at night…” After training in architecture, Brian Muller went on to become an experimental film-maker, which explains the house’s cinematic quality. Its previous owner is the actor Stephen Fry.

Location: Sherriff Road, West Hampstead, London NW6
Guide price: £2,495,000 / Freehold
House size: 5 Bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2,954 square feet

Further details can be found here.

Oast House for Conversion for Sale: Ashford, Kent

16 Jan
January 16, 2014


A redundant Oast House for conversion for sale with planning consent to form single dwelling together with the creation of amenity space and garage, situated in a rural location with about 13 acres.


Situated in an idyllic rural setting, within a dedicated Special Landscape Area, Upper Boy Court Oast is an unconverted former oast house and dairy constructed mainly of brick and Bethersden marble set under a tiled roof.

Planning permission has been granted for conversion into a 3/4 bedroom house comprising an entrance hall, living room, open plan kitchen and family room, roundel dining room with part vaulted ceiling and mezzanine study (accessed via first floor), separate cloak/boot room and guest suite on the ground floor with two bedroom suites and study/bedroom 4 on the first floor.
the property sits in a rural and quiet location towards the end of a ‘no through’ road, surrounded by farmland, orchards and woodland and is convenient for Headcorn station and village which lie about 2.5 miles away.

Upper Boy Court Oast benefits from just under 2 acres of gardens (not yet landscaped) and an adjoining field of about 11.5 acres which is hedge enclosed and down to grazing. To the front there is parking for a number of cars whilst to the north-west lies a large timber outbuilding incorporating a double garage, tractor garage, garden store, workshop and refuse and recycle store.

Location: Boy Court Lane Headcorn, Ashford, TN27 9LA
Guide price: Offers Over £550,000 / Freehold
House size: 3/4 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,986 square feet
Features: 13 acres, rural location, double garage

Further details can be found here.

Modernist Property for Sale: South Hill Park, London

13 Jan
January 13, 2014


An astonishingly expensive mid 1950s modernist terrace property for sale in South Hill Park.


I wanted to include this property as it is an oddity, true, but also because my jaw hit the floor when I saw how much the house is on the market for.

This three/four-bedroom property has views over the Heath, off-street parking, a private garden and shared use of a beautiful orchard fringing Hampstead Ponds.

The property is one of six built as a terrace in the mid 1950s by the architects Bill Howell and Stan Amis, who went on to form the practice Howell Killick Partridge & Amis. Accommodation is arranged over four storeys. Every level has full-width floor-to-ceiling glazing across the rear elevation, providing framed views of Hampstead Heath and exceptional levels of natural light. The proportions of the house are based upon Le Corbusier’s Modulor system.

The interior retains its original configuration, with a self-contained one-bedroom flat on the lower ground floor with separate access from the street. This could easily be incorporated into the main house if desired, and indeed some neighbouring properties have installed a kitchen-diner here. The ground floor contains a large entrance hall with coat cupboards, leading to a dramatic open-plan kitchen and dining room that is partly double height. A spiral staircase leads down to the garden. The first floor contains a sitting room on the mezzanine at the rear, and a bedroom or extra reception room at the front. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor.

The house has a garden at the rear and access to an orchard beyond – the optional use of this is shared with neighbouring houses. At the front is an off-street parking space.

South Hill Park is a short walk from the shops and cafés of South End Green, as well as the facilities of Hampstead Village.

Location: South Hill Park, London, NW3
Guide price: £3,000,000, Freehold
House size: 3 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,986 square feet
Features: Views over the Heath, off-street parking, a private garden

Further details can be found here.

Contemporary Eco Home for Sale: Pulborough, West Sussex

02 Jan
January 2, 2014


An award winning eco home for sale in West Sussex with panoramic views to the South Downs.


Manor Farm was designed to take a group of agricultural buildings on an open hillside and convert the environment into a practical living space without compromising southerly views to the South Downs and over the land.

The zinc barrel vaulted roofs feature cut outs that form roof terraces and are fully glazed and the two key sections have been linked. Manor Farm is steel framed; the internal walls are not structural making the internal configuration easily adaptable and can be modified to form an annexe, office or further bedrooms. Sustainability is core to the design and build, with super insulation to all roof and walls, under floor heating throughout the ground floor and Oak, believed to have been sawn and air-dried from trees that formerly stood on the site, used for stair treads and interior finishing. There is also a 5,000 litre subsurface rainwater harvesting tank. It has been calculated that the south facing glass provides 6.5 kW of passive solar gain (heat) in the winter. Conversely, in the summer, the overhanging roof prevents the summer sun from penetrating far into the building.

A 4-bay car port, incorporating a stable and tackroom/workshop, lies to the west of the property. The gardens provide a main courtyard to the front, whilst a rear courtyard offers south facing walls perfect for fruit and vegetable cultivation and in close proximity to the kitchen.

Location: Manor Farm, Broomers Hill Lane, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2DU
Guide price: £1,500,000
House size: 4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,139 square feet
Features: 3.5 acres, 4 bay car port, Spectacular views, EPC=C

Further details can be found here.

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