House of horrors: Our Halloween round-up of Gothic gems on the market
PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:26 31 October 2014
A Gothic Revival house is the perfect place to enjoy the spooky atmosphere at this time of year and, luckily, streets in areas like Camden and Crouch End are often lined with these monstrous manors.
A resident ghost is not essential but look out for tall buildings with pointed roofs, long arched windows and original details such as stained glass windows and wooden beams.
Most of these residences have been excorcised of any demonic properties with bright, airy interiors but from the outside it’s still possible to imagine curling up in a candlelit nook with a copy of Frankenstein.
Crescent Road, Crouch End N8. Available through Greene & Co. for £500,000
The pointed arched windows on this ground floor two bedroom flat are a Halloween dream, while the heavy, wooden front door with its iron hardware ought to have a menacing creak.
Judging by the bright, modern interior of the apartment this seems unlikely, however.
Buyers here are more likely to be frolicking in the communal gardens than cowering under the covers.
King Henry’s Road, Primrose Hill NW3. Available through Goldschmidt & Howland for £850,000
This tall, narrow period property has all the right proportions for the Gothic Revival and the top floor windows with their distinctively pretty arches add character.
The ground floor garden flat has beautiful restored floorboards - perhaps they could be made to creak for one night only.
Spacious and light, the property also has appealing modern decor and the communal garden is long and leafy.
St Pancras Chambers, St Pancras NW1. Available through Fyfe McDade for £899,950
One of the grandest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in London, a flat in the renovated building above St Pancras station can probably only be trumped by a bolthole in the Houses of Parliament.
The one bedroom flat is on the second floor of this iconic Grade-I listed building in which architectural elements have been painstakingly salvaged and restored and it retains its original doorways and boasts exposed wood floors and lofty ceilings.
As a resident of the Chambers, you can also apply for membership to the exclusive private club within St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Brook House, Hampstead Garden Suburb N2. Available through Glentree for £7,750,000
This property may not be Victorian era Gothic, but the grand, double-fronted house draws on the architecture of Ye Olde England in a similar way.
Inside, the striking black and white tiling in the dining room and spacious entrance hall is straight out of the stylish Expressionist cinema classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
And, on a blustery day, Kenwood House and grounds are just across the road for those who want to re-create Wuthering Heights.