Lofty living: high ceilings and exposed beams in this NW6 penthouse
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A top floor apartment in a period mansion block by an award winning interior designer is on the market for just over £1 million
Picture this; a mansion setting with arresting views over West Hampstead, exposed beams and high ceilings, a New York loft feeling in the heart of North London. Renovated by award winning architect and interior designer Jack Woolley, the property has been spruced up to NYC standards by its current owner, and it’s reached lofty heights.
Interior design is minimalist throughout, with simple statement rooms given interest by surprising details and interesting materials. The wet room is clad in colour popping ‘Marmoreal’ terrazzo by Dzek and Max Lamb, accented by Vola fixtures in on-trend brass, complete with underfloor heating
Wood is utilised throughout for both form and function. A wood burner provides heat for the apartment, stripped wood flooring is used underfoot whilst exposed rafters provide an artfully innovative shelving solution. The kitchen features Corian worktops and appliances by Miele and Bosch.
Raw plaster walls uplift the muted tones of the airy apartment and lend a pared back feel to the flat. Storage cupboards are recessed into the walls to reduce shadows and nourish the spaciousness established by period high ceilings.
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All windows feature solid oak frames and have been replaced with double glazing, providing thermal insulation and a place of quiet respite from the city. In need of a little noise? A glazed arch leads out onto a south-west facing balcony providing expansive vistas of the hubbub of the metropolis beyond.
The front door opens on to the living and dining area with a voluminous sense of space and light. A skylight allows natural light to flood the corridor that maintains its original line yet is exaggerated with wall curvature featuring shadow gaps and recessed LED lights. Dimmable strip lights by Viabuzzuno can be used to create different moods.
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The apartment has two bedrooms spread over its 1070 sq ft of internal space. The Master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom whilst a larger second bedroom is currently used as a study and features a working fireplace.
Smyrna Mansions is found just off West End Lane just a short walk from Primrose Hilland Regent’s Park. Tennis lovers will be satisfied by Kilburn Grange Park’s courts, whilst families can rest assured that nearby schools are well regarded. West Hampstead Underground station is only a short walk from the apartment, and Hampstead benefits from a Thameslink line and Overground services.
A loft apartment to rival hip Lower East Side pads, Smyrna Mansions makes a spacious statement in north London. With a central location well equipped with local amenities and transport links to the city on your doorstep, the home is tranquil base for those looking to escape the city whilst ensuring it remains on tap for evenings and weekends.