Hot properties: our pick of the best homes to rent and buy this week
PUBLISHED: 13:07 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 18:22 06 December 2016
From a Pop Art apartment in Primrose Hill to a sweet starter home on Englands Lane, here are the properties that have caught our eye
White walls are quite alright, but go too neutral and you end up with a home that feels less like a contemporary art gallery and more like a plastic surgeon’s waiting room. This funky home in Primrose Hill has got it spot on, with strategic bursts of bright colour bringing levity and style. The bold green front door sets the tone, and the acid yellow kitchen will make all culinary endeavours feel like they’re being carried out in a Roy Lichtenstein painting.
Upstairs the Pop Art vibe continues, with citrus doors on the built in storage and the clever sliding door that hides the en suite.
Architect Issy Goldberg oversaw the redesign of the apartment, so the new owner will have him to thank for smart touches such as the glass lobby, which allows the open plan living space to fill with natural light unimpeded. The cool recessed lights are another subtle but stand out feature. With all the hard work of making this period conversion hip and trendy all you need to do is bring your best pieces of furniture and bask in the reflected glory.
The Modern House, 020 3795 5920
The agents note this property requires ‘full modernisation’, which says most of what you need to know about this property. It’s crying out for a good gutting. Bin the broken blinds, chuck the naff cupboards, and sort out the depressing carpets. It’s up to you if you want to keep the Spiderman bin or the matching toilet seat and loo brush combo.
The bay window also needs a bit of TLC, but once you’ve sorted that you’ll be left with a lovely, roomy flat in Highgate. The kitchen is a little narrow, but if you’re a fan of open plan then you could always knock through.
The apartment is on the third floor, which means you have access to the loft space. It’s rather large, so if you can get planning permission you could have even more floor space to play with.
Anscombe & Ringland, 020 8340 2600
First Time Buy
This sweet one bedroom flat has everything you need from a starter home. The open plan living area sits at the front of the property, taking full advantage of the width of the building and the south east facing sash windows.
Along with the windows you also get some lovely period features, including a beautiful fireplace, elegant cornicing and a ceiling rose. The fitted kitchen is a little dated but perfectly serviceable, and would make for a fun foray into home improvements once you’ve saved up the cash.
It’s nestled over the shops of England’s Lane so you won’t need to go far to find entertainment should you find yourself suffering from cabin fever.
Benham & Reeves, 020 7435 9822
Rentals can be depressing, but this two bedroom apartment feels like a real home. The landlord themselves has been living there, so everything is in beautiful condition.
It’s set on the ground floor of a grand 1930s mansion block and is just as smart inside, with dark wood floors a swish new bathroom.
There’s lots of space for entertaining. Along with the rather lovely living room complete with gas fire you get a separate dining room.
The smaller of the two bedrooms is currently being used as a study, but could easily serve as a guest room if you need the extra bed.
Marsh & Parsons, 020 7244 2200