For beautiful spaces packed with stylish ideas, look no further than your doorstep. It may be doom and gloom post-Brexit, but the world still turns and homes are still going under the hammer. We’ve picked out the best of what’s for sale right now in case you have itching-to-move feet – or just need some inspiration for your own home. From these houses with the wow factor, here are the property features to wish for, says Georgina Blaskey
Always scare in terraced Victorian townhouses, when you see a property boasting width and height, it’s a neighbourhood gem.
Highfield House is an imposing early Victorian detached property. The house is something of a landmark building locally, with its grand double-fronted façade and wrap-around gardens an instant property hit. Almost entirely rebuilt approximately four years ago, the interior is finished to an extremely high standard. The house boasts a tremendous sense of lateral space and incredible natural light. The building has been extended on the ground and the first floors to the rear of the original house and the basement has been excavated to provide more living space and guest bedrooms. With lateral space and big gardens a rarity in NappyValley, this is one to drool over.
Imagine a world where you never drove around the block for a parking space – and you had a garage. Sometimes the best things in life aren’t the most glam but they still bring you luxury.
A stunning double-fronted contemporary house in this highly popular development, this property has both a garage and off-street parking. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac but with easy access to the tube network via Clapham South, the house is immaculately presented and offers around 2,200 square foot of completely usable space. The ground floor benefits from a wide welcoming hallway with downstairs cloakroom and a handy utility room. The kitchen is a great size and opens into a conservatory-style dining room. Externally the house is set back slightly from the surrounding properties and benefits from a large north-west-facing garden to make the best of the late afternoon and evening sun.
AN INTERNAL COURTYARD
Light, fresh air and a serene view are crossed off the list with an internal courtyard – an unusual feature for this area which will transform your home’s vibe.
Portico and Marsh & Parsons – joint agents
A truly unique property, newly built within the grounds of a former 19th-century church which has been converted into four luxury apartments, ‘The House’ is beautiful inside and out and has approximately 3,089 square feet of cleverly designed space. Laid out over three floors, this elegant home includes four superb bedrooms each with their own en-suite, a grand reception room, a separate cinema room, two washrooms, an exceptional kitchen, an internal courtyard with a feature waterfall and a secluded sunny garden. The property also boasts a great location just off St John’s Hill, a short stroll away from Clapham Junction.
FABULOUS ENTERTAINING SPACE OUTSIDE AND IN
The seamless flow of friends from house to garden on a summer’s evening is a party-maker. You don’t need a trophy house to make this essential entertaining ingredient work – the right flat can offer just as much in terms of atmosphere.
A superb two-bedroom ground floor flat with a fantastic entertaining area and a large garden with a southerly aspect. This spacious flat is presented in excellent condition and has been finished to exacting standards throughout. A generous open-plan kitchen/reception room with concertina doors leading directly to a large south-west-facing garden is ideal for entertaining.
There are limits to what a Victorian property can do, so maximising the rooms you have is essential for a beautifully flowing home that combines easy living with wow-factor entertaining space.
Clever design, luxurious fittings and ingenious use of space are the hallmarks of this house near Clapham North Side. There is a double reception room, which has been cleverly designed into two zones. The front section is designated as a drawing room with an attractive fire place, a bay window and double doors opening to the entrance hall. The rear section is set up as a TV room/snug with direct access into a fantastic kitchen/breakfast room. The kitchen is well equipped with a range of units, integrated appliances and quartz work surfaces. There is plenty of space for entertaining as well as every day family living and concertina doors open out onto a pretty walled garden. In addition, the cellar has been converted into a handy utility room and storage space.
POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT
Sometimes it’s not about what has been done but what can be done. Find the location and the rest is up to you (particularly basements which can house any number of dream schemes!).
A beautiful Victorian house situated on a popular road between the commons with a short walk to Northcote Road and Clapham South underground station, this mid-terrace family home offers over 2,100 square feet of living space and includes an entrance hall, dual-aspect double reception room with a stunning original ceiling, downstairs cloakroom, impressive kitchen/dining/family room with ample entertaining space, five double bedrooms and two modern bathrooms. A lovely secluded rear garden is accessed via large folding doors from the kitchen area and additionally the house benefits from window shutters to the front and a cellar for storage.
ALL THE MOD CONS
Knowing a house has just been fitted out with a new roof, glazed windows, flooring, electrics and plumbing gives peace of mind and money left for the decorative touches that make a house a home.
A beautifully presented late Edwardian house, with the added advantage of a detached garage. Situated on the corner of Broomwood Road and Alfriston Road, this lovely family home is exceptionally bright throughout and has recently had a complete makeover to include a new roof, triple-glazed windows to the front, flooring, electrics, plumbing and a Morsø stove. As such it really is a ‘turnkey’ property and offers the new owner the opportunity to acquire a house which will need no further maintenance for many years to come. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and a fabulous master bedroom on the top floor with a large en-suite bathroom, high ceilings, an abundance of storage and floor-to-ceiling windows with rooftop views.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Being in the right place at the right time has a huge impact on your quality of life. Stepping out of your front door and benefitting from what’s in the immediate vicinity is a luxury in itself.
A beautifully presented two-bedroom ground floor flat with a large south-west-facing garden located on this popular road moments from the Northcote Road and close to Clapham Junction.
This stunning flat is situated in an attractive double-fronted Victorian house, offering a light and airy reception room with an open-plan kitchen. There are two well proportioned double bedrooms both including large fitted wardrobes, one large bathroom and a second shower room.
CLASSIC MEETS CONTEMPORARY
Anyone can redevelop a home but it takes planning and vision to combine old and new successfully. Admire local examples done well.
This property on sought-after St James’s Drive has been cleverly redesigned by the current owners to offer a substantial amount of entertaining space as well as every day family living and, whilst there is an extremely impressive contemporary feeling to the interior, many of the original period features have been retained. One of the most notable qualities of this house is its tremendous width, particularly towards the front. An impressively grand entrance hall opens onto a superb double reception room on the ground floor. And outside it’s no less impressive – double doors open out onto a beautifully landscaped, very private garden, which is not at all overlooked.
THE VIEW FROM ABOVE
One of the highlights of city living is the extraordinary views residents enjoy. Consider the high life and enjoy far-reaching vistas.
A stunning flat boasting over 940 square foot of accommodation and views of London over the River Thames. The seventh floor, newly build apartment has a large open plan kitchen/reception room with a smart modern kitchen, a dining area and a lounge area, all of which have an impressive outlook. Both of the double bedrooms have an en-suite and a separate cloakroom can be found off the hallway along with further storage. Outside the property is a lovely communal roof terrace with spectacular views. A parking space is also offered for sale by separate negotiation. Sesame Apartments itself stands out from the crowd, with its cruise ship-like appearance. The upper section has an almost copper effect exterior, the lower section being grey with a few coloured windows to one side.
A MUCH-LOVED HOME
When you walk into a home that has been well maintained and cared for by its present owners, you can feel the good vibes. That sense of atmosphere mixed with attention to upkeep is a winning combination for future buyers.
This house has clearly been much-loved and cared for by the current owners. The reception rooms have been opened up to create a wonderful space, perfect for entertaining. There is a handy WC between the reception and the kitchen, which has been fully extended into the side return. Oversized floor-to-ceiling French doors and a large feature window overlook, and give access to, a contemporary tiled garden. The windows throughout the property have been replaced with wooden double-glazed sash units and the cellar is unusually wide, so would be ideal to use as a utility room if required. Many of the radiators have been replaced and a new ‘megaflo’ system ensures great hot water pressure thoughout the property. Upstairs the house continues to impress, with four very good-sized bedrooms, a family bathroom and a fabulous wet room with huge shower head on the top floor. A well-loved family home with practical, luxurious touches.
The questions every potential buyer should ask – according to our experts.
Which school catchments are available?
Where is the nearest train or tube station?
Does the property have the potential to extend?
What does the service charge include (if leasehold)?
Why are the current vendors looking to sell?
When were (if any) works done to the house?
What is the vendor’s position? Have they found somewhere to buy? Is there an ongoing chain?
What specific work has been done to the property and when?
How long have the current owners lived there?
Why are they moving?
Have they had any issues in the past with the property, however historic?
Has the property had a survey done on it?
Are there any major works/developments planned within the street/area that they know about?
How long has it been on the market?
Have there been any offers?
What is the seller’s motivation-why are they moving?