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Retro refurb: this rare Modernist apartment in Hampstead designed by Michael Lyell Associates is ripe for a refit

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 May 2017

The exterior facade of Oak Hill Park Mews features slate cladding and was designed by Michael Lyell Associates

The exterior facade of Oak Hill Park Mews features slate cladding and was designed by Michael Lyell Associates

Piotr Gozdek

A 1962 Modernist gem is on the market in Hampstead Village, and it's a prime project for house hunters who want to make their mark with a refurbishment project

Oak Hill Park Mews was erected in 1962 in the Modernist styleOak Hill Park Mews was erected in 1962 in the Modernist style

In need of a project? How about a home in a leafy setting in well heeled Hampstead Village set within a tranquil courtyard forming part of a private estate just off Frognal?

This 1962 Modernist apartment designed by Michael Lyell Associates requires a good deal of work doing to it, but could be something rather special with a little sprucing up.

The living and dining area at Oak Hill Park Mews is open plan and features a traditional open tread staircaseThe living and dining area at Oak Hill Park Mews is open plan and features a traditional open tread staircase

The three bedroom, two bathroom property features traditional open-tread staircase and open plan layout throughout. True to Modernist form, the exterior façade features large windows dispersed asymmetrically along the front of the slate-clad elevation.

The kitchen is in need of a little TLC, currently featuring somewhat dated yellow cabinets, stained 1970s wood, and unflattering worktops. However, there is great potential for a feature kitchen as the space is lit by a large skylight, and the Spanish tiling could be maintained stylishly alongside an updated palette.

In the en-suite master bedroom, the built-in storage units would benefit from new doors, and the carpets wouldn’t suffer from a little cosmetic updating and an injection of colour in the form of artworks or a statement light fitting. With large windows, there is plenty of natural light in the main reception area which is currently used as a living and dining room.

Homeowners also benefit from underground parking space for two to three cars and have direct access to a well-kept communal garden and a balcony. The amenities, restaurants, bars and café culture of Hampstead Village is just a short walk away.

Oak Hill Park Mews is formed of eight houses arranged around the communal gardens. The site was developed for Elsworthy Ltd on the former site of Victorian villas and is part of the Estate of the same name.

For a Modernist townhouse in need of a facelift, the property doesn’t come cheap at £2,095,000, but with only eight apartments of its kind in the mews it’s something of a rarity.

Buyers with big ideas better have a wallet to match, but for a home with 1,700 sq ft of living space spread over three floors in a peaceful and much sought after north London location, the property has promise as a modern townhouse.

Hampstead might have fewer famed Modernist properties in its portfolio than neighbouring Highgate, but it doesn’t struggle for the mid-century style preferred by the likes of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. For inspiration on how to transform a dated 1960s Modernist property into a modern maison, take a look at Highpoint 1, Highgate Spinney, and Southwood Lane.

Oak Hill Park Mews, Hampstead Village, NW3 is on the market with Benham and Reeves for £2,095,000

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