Listing of the Day
Location: Brook Green, London
Price: £3.65 million (US$4.83 million)
Red-brick Victorian family houses of this grand size and width, with a generous walled garden, do not come up very often in the much-desired area of Brook Green.
Just 100 meters from the border of Kensington and Chelsea, it is a neighborhood popular with families for its well-regarded schools and for its easy access to Holland Park and Notting Hill.
The house has proportions “rarely seen in this area,” said Paul Cosgrove, director at estate agency Finlay Brewer.
“The width of this house is also a huge advantage,” he said. “Most homes in the area have narrower proportions, meaning that properties of the same square footage often feel considerably smaller. With this house, even the lower ground and top floors have brilliant ceiling heights and plenty of light.”
In the 1800s, when it was built, the raised ground floor’s double drawing room would have been arranged as a front parlour, for special occasions and receiving guests, mainly the domain of the women of the house, and a back parlour or dining room, where the men would congregate.
This has now been opened into one, huge room, that extends over 30 feet.
The house has plenty of well-maintained historic features, though, with high ceilings and cornicing. The double drawing room has two original fireplaces, with bay windows and views to the front and back out to the garden.
There is also an original stained-glass window; mosaic stained glass was very popular during the Victorian era when Augustus Pugin used it in his designs for nearby Westminster Abbey.
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Kitchens were traditionally found on the lower ground floor along with a scullery and staff quarters. Now this space is an open-plan kitchen and dining room, with direct access to the garden.
The whole of the first floor is taken up by the master bedroom, with juliet balcony, and large bathroom. The second and third floors have the remaining six bedrooms with two bathrooms.
The sellers, who run an educational charity in India, have lived here for years, raising their now-grown family.
The house spans five floors and 3,141 square feet, with seven bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Mr. Cosgrove said he expects the property to appeal to families who want to take advantage of the large number of bedrooms to convert some to playrooms, dressing rooms or even a gym.
It is unusual to have such a neat, walled garden facing southwest. And the large eat-in kitchen, with dining area, lends itself to entertaining.
Addison Gardens, the street where the house is located, is a part of the original Holland Estate dating from the 1700s, which is on 200 acres surrounding Holland House, built for Sir Walter Cope, a government official of the late 16th century.
The “green” of Brook Green has a village atmosphere, with independent shops, gastro pubs and farmers markets on the doorstep. Its particularly popular with French buyers who want to be close to the Jacques Prevert prep school on the edge of the green.
Local tube stations include Hammersmith Broadway, Shepherd’s Bush and Kensington Olympia.
The housing market in the area has been slowing down because of higher-stamp duty rates in the U.K., and anything over £1 million struggles to sell if it doesn’t tick all the boxes, Mr. Cosgrove said. However, “if the fundamentals are good, with a great location, configuration and orientation with lots of light, properties will still command a premium.”
He said he just sold a similar, smaller house right on the green for £3.65 million.
Agent: Paul Cosgrove, Finlay Brewer
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