Stunning architecturally designed Primrose Hill Apartment For Sale
Located on King Henry’s Road, in the prestigious Primrose Hill area of London, is one of the area’s most exceptional homes. The architecturally reconfigured and designed apartment, offers a stunning 32 ft (9.75 m) open plan reception, with cathedral like ceiling heights and glass extension into the private 80ft (24.38 m) landscaped garden, exquisitely designed by Laura Arison, is now offered for sale through leading luxury agent Beauchamp Estates.
King Henry’s Road was part of the Chalcots Estate, once owned by Eton College, with the Fellows encouraged to develop the estate in 1820, as an extension of the prestigious new developments in Regent’s Park and St John’s Wood. Most of the houses in King Henry’s Road were built in 1860, with further development in 1871 and 1873: the houses were in the main large classically styled, 8-10 bedroomed semi-detached villas, in stock brick with Corinthian porches, initially built to attract wealthy trade and business men wanting to escape the pollution of the city.
The social changes associated with the First World War reinforced a tendency to convert large houses to apartments and many of those in King Henry’s Road were also converted as the demand for more manageable sized homes grew. When the current owner first happened upon this particular garden apartment in King Henry’s Road it was vacant & dilapidated. Some years earlier there had been a sitting tenant and when it fell vacant seven years ago Camden Council registered it as uninhabitable and not fit for occupation: the transformation has been spectacular.
In its original form the apartment offered little appeal, but to a trained and visionary eye revealed glimpses of the substantial potential that lay within, waiting to be realised. The large garden from the original house remained intact and under the terms of the lease is owned exclusively by the apartment: it is almost unheard of for a city apartment to have exclusive use of an 80 ft (24.38 m) private garden and is a key focal point of the apartment, having been enhanced by the introduction of contemporary sculpture by Eve Khalastchi (the only item that is not for sale).
The proposed design was visionary and required full planning consent before any work could begin. Due to the extent of the work obtaining full planning consent was not straight forward, as the project entailed removal and lowering of floors, the incorporation of an open yard to the side of the property and a rear extension into the garden, constructed of glass. While the project regularly and frequently presented technical challenges for engineers and contractors, perseverance has brought new life back to the apartment and created a truly unique and stunning home, of exceptional quality and style.
The property benefits from its own private street facing entrance, reached via a wide gently sloping access path, with full video entry security system. The imposing, yet discrete door, disclose little of splendour that awaits inside.
Entering the property guests are welcomed into a large entrance hall, with illuminated vaulted ceiling, hidden wardrobe and feature wall panel with concealed lighting. The entrance hall extends down four small steps, opening onto an inner hall with feature gold polished plaster wall running the length of the inner hall, strategically lit by accent floor level lighting: to the right is the guest cloakroom, which also acts as shower room for the second bedroom, which lies directly to the rear.
The second bedroom, or study, provides a built in bed, a feature bio fuel fireplace and opens directly onto the rear garden, through large double floor to ceiling glass doors.
Leading off the inner entrance hall to the left the main reception room opens out: a bright airy, 32 ft (9.75 m) open-plan living space, that benefits from increased ceiling heights, giving an almost cathedral like feel to some areas of the room. The space successfully combines, relaxed comfortable seating area, formal dining, breakfast bar and fully equipped chef’s kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, including four ovens (three different types: conventional, steam and microwave) as well as a range of hot plates including an induction hob, grill and teppanyaki grill. Each zone in the room is discretely and carefully delineated from the other by use of design features: the breakfast bar forming a functional divide between kitchen and seating zones, with a feature bio fuel fire place providing an almost invisible divide between the seating and formal dining zones. A television is neatly housed in a folding ceiling mounted mechanism ensuring that it’s only on view when you want to view.
All zones in the reception room take advantage of the stunning garden to the rear, with almost the entire rear wall appearing to comprise of glass, bringing the outside inside, whether day or night.
The rear terrace, which runs the full width of the property, can be accessed directly from the formal dining and kitchen zones, as well as the second bedroom/study and is prefect for both seasonal entertaining and quiet contemplation. The private garden, immediately beyond the terrace is exclusively for the use of the apartment and extends to 80ft (24.38 m). The garden was planned, designed and planted by leading garden designer Laura Arison who has created a stunning and inspirational oasis, which after dark, with the careful use of strategically placed lighting building on the specimen planting, takes on a new dimension: the prefect space night or day.
Leading off the rear of the reception, toward the front of the property, is the master bedroom suit: accessed through double doors, which appropriately set the scene for the scale of this truly master suit, which benefits from views over the front garden, also exclusively used by the apartment. The bedroom, which extends to 18 ft (5.48 m), accommodates built-in storage, an upholstered window seat and provides access to a walk-in wardrobe and luxurious en-suit bathroom.
The en-suite bathroom offers luxury and space on an unprecedented scale: large Napoli feature freestanding bath, double vanity with Napoli basins, Ese low level wc and bidet, sound system and large shower with Hansgroche Raindance Royal Air shower and Tylo steam shower system.
The property benefits from a high security front door, under floor heating throughout, electric blinds and tiled and timber flooring.
Rosy Khalastchy, Beauchamp Estates said, “The transformation has been incredible. The design uses space in a luxurious and extravagant way, creating an exceptional home, both inside and out. The scale and proportion of both the garden and entertaining space more closely resemble those that you would expect to find in a home that is in excess of £15,000,000, making this a fantastic option for those that are downsizing, or those that enjoy the luxury of space.”
King Henry’s Road is conveniently located within walking distance of the charming shops and cafes of Primrose Hill Village and the green open spaces of Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park. Primrose Hill is a designated conservation area, with close attention paid to businesses allowed to operate and trade in area: this helps to ensure that many local businesses are independent rather than chains. The transport links of Swiss Cottage and Chalk Farm underground stations are 0.3 miles and 0.7 miles away respectively.
King Henry’s Road is offered for sale through the vendor’s sole agent Beauchamp Estates at an asking price of £2,650,000 (Leasehold, with a share of freehold). All viewings are strictly by appointment only.
For further information please contact: Beauchamp Estates Tel: + 44 (020 7722 9793 or visit www.beauchamp.com