3 metre wide alleyway in Marylebone to be turned into £2.7 million house
PUBLISHED: 16:30 10 August 2017
The gap betweent two buildings on the Euston Road is to be converted into a multi-million pound home despite opposition from a nextdoor pub
Would you pay severl million for a luxury home just 3.1 metres wide? That’s exactly what developer Bolsover Street Limited are hoping for when they convert a disused alleyway just a few steps from Great Portland Street Underground station on the Euston Road into a four storey luxury property.
The plans for the three bedroom home between 383 and 379 Euston Road, dubbed ‘The Skinny House’, were given the green light by Westminster City Council on Tuesday after being opposed by the owner of neighbouring pub, The Green Man. The freeholder argued that it was out of character with the area both in terms of appearance and useage.
Other complaints included that the noise from the busy road will create a poor living environment. The plans are sure to aggravate locals further since in the last month Westminster has given the go-ahead to a luxury block of flats in Paddington containing just 16 per cent affordable homes.
Designed by HOK Architects, the ground floor will feature a courtyard with space through which to enter a neighbouring home, and on the top floor owners will be able to look out over Regent’s Park from a swanky roof terrace.
The home will measure 1,500 sq ft and feature all mod-cons in its kitchen and dining area alongside the separate living room. According to the planning documents, the home will also feature Juliette balconies and space for two bicycles but no cars.
The layout, scale, design, and appearance of the new building are not stated, but the committee decision urged the developer not to impeach on the status of the Grade I listed former Holy Trinity Church adjacent.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, estate agent Jonathan Hudson said the property could fetch up to £2.7 million, describing the idea rather ambivalently as “quirky”. It’s not the first time a tiny home has fetched a high price tag, with an 8ft wide house in Clerkenwell fetching rents of £3,000 per month.
The developers have allegedly argued that the plans will provide “family-sized housing in the city”, although with just 10ft to play with, a pub next door and another commercial office space on the right of the property, it’s hard to imagine that families will be racing to call the space home.
Infill sites have been touted as a possible solution to solving London’s housing crisis in recent years. However, with an estimated price tag of nearly £3 million, it’s hard to tout The Skinny House as a model for affordable housing in London.
Are mews and alley passageways the answer to the housing crisis, or is The Skinny House just a pied-à-terre for a multimillionaire looking for a bachelor pad? One thing is for certain, the London property market never fails to amaze.
Think the Skinny House is right up your alley? Want to move to Marylebone anyway? Read our guide to the area here.