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Hot properties: our pick of the top properties in north London

PUBLISHED: 15:21 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:54 16 August 2016

Jamie Oliver has submitted plans to turn his 10-bedroom house back into two with a separate basement flat. Picture: Polly Hancock

Jamie Oliver has submitted plans to turn his 10-bedroom house back into two with a separate basement flat. Picture: Polly Hancock

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This week, a seven-bedroom mansion in the Crofts, a Highgate bargain and Jamie Oliver's Primrose Hill reverse renovations.

The grand entrance hallThe grand entrance hall

Big buy

Burgess Hill, NW2, £3,150,000

If space is your thing then this propertywill be right up your street. The seven-bedroom house exudes a sense of airy openness, from the entrance hall, which is the size of some studio flats, to the open plan living-dining-kitchen area, with added skylights and floor to ceiling glazing offering boundless views.

GardenGarden

The décor is also tasteful yet comfortable, with a family friendly feel – stripped oak floors and well-designed lighting are the foundations of a happy living space. No surprises that it’s in the so-called Hocrofts, the group of streets in the Childs Hill/Hampstead Garden Suburb/West Hampstead (delete as snobbery requires) triangle, beloved of families who frequent the local schools.

TK International, 020 7794 8700

Fixer upper

New Orleans Walk, N19, £325,000

The enclosed kitchen with saloon-style doors creates an awkward shape to the reception/dining room. You could knock it through to create a large open plan space for a more contemporary feelThe enclosed kitchen with saloon-style doors creates an awkward shape to the reception/dining room. You could knock it through to create a large open plan space for a more contemporary feel

This one-bedroom flat in Highgate would make a perfectly serviceable (and remarkably affordable) first time property but we’ve opted to make it our fixer upper of the week because with a bit of wiggle room in the budget, you could really unleash the property’s potential. The enclosed kitchen with saloon-style doors is a tad cramped and creates an awkward shape to the reception/dining room.

The Highgate property has access to (and views of) a communal gardenThe Highgate property has access to (and views of) a communal garden

You could knock it through to create a large open plan space for a more contemporary feel. If budget allows the bathroom’s ripe for modernisation too, while the bedroom would benefit from at least a fresh lick of paint.

Winkworth, 020 8341 1988

Rental

Regent’s Park Road, NW1, £6,933/month

The £7,000/month maisonette is available furnished or unfurnishedThe £7,000/month maisonette is available furnished or unfurnished

At £6,933 per month, this Primrose Hill village property is probably not in student house share territory, although with five bedrooms spread over six floors it’s not outside the bounds of possibility.

The semi-open plan layout is an appealing feature of this Primrose Hill propertyThe semi-open plan layout is an appealing feature of this Primrose Hill property

Either way, the decked roof terrace, stylish semi-open plan layout and modern kitchen and bathroom make the ‘maisonette’ something of a find. The house even boasts an annex for staff, guests or teenagers. It’s available unfurnished if desired, but the rooms are so stylish tenants may well choose to keep the well-chosen pieces.

C.H. Peppiatt, 020 7449 9222

A roof terrace with a viewA roof terrace with a view

First time buyer

Grafton Road, NW5, £599,950

A bargain of sorts here thanks to a short lease – renewing will add approximately £45,000 to the bill if done immediately so factor that in as an additional cost. The agent says that were the two-bedroom flat being sold with a long lease though, it would be on the market for closer to £675,000 so there’s still a saving to be made here.

Grafton RoadGrafton Road

It’s also set with a cheeky £50 below the Help to Buy guarantee threshold, perfect for first time buyers. Set over two floors of a Victorian terrace, the property is bright, attractive and modern with a stylish kitchen and some attractive features including wooden floors and an exposed brick wall in the bedroom.

Salter Rex, 020 7482 4488

Word on the street

Multi million pound property may no longer be selling in north London but it seems Jamie Oliver may have come up with a novel solution. The TV chef, who has just become a father for the fifth time, bought two listed houses next door to each other in Primrose Hill eight years ago and knocked them through to create a 10-bedroom mega property. He hit the headlines again last year with his plans to remodel his new 17th century Highgate house but he’s struggled to sell his Primrose Hill home since putting it on the market earlier this year with an asking price of £12million. But does Oliver have a cunning plan? According to designs submitted to Camden council, he’s hoping to convert the house back into two four-bedroom houses, with a basement flat stretching across the two properties. If they sell for current values in the area they could net the star as much as £20million – not a bad return on the original £7.5million. Perhaps if the restaurant business falls through he could pick up a career as a property developer.

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