See inside one of Highate’s oldest houses
PUBLISHED: 18:43 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:43 26 February 2016
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Sitting on a medieval route from Highgate to Muswell Hill, this house on Southwood Lane dates from the year of the Great Fire of London.
Built in 1666the four-bedroom house dates from a time when City gentlemen were first building smart residences in the hilltop area, in part to escape the Plague, which decimated the city’s population the year before.
In 1666 King Charles II and Samuel Pepys were both in Highgate visiting Lauderdale House where the king’s mistress, the actress Nell Gwynn, lived for a period.
“We very rarely see properties this old,” said Philip Green, director of Goldschmidt & Howland who are marketing the property.
“I didn’t even know there were houses that old in Highgate. Rarely does a property of this age in this part of London come to the market. It’s a true piece of London history.”
The property has been substantially remodelled since it was first built and despite it’s impressive age, it is arranged for full modern convenience.
The four floors are stylishly decorated, while a contemporary rear extension in the kitchen adds valuable space and light to the property.
There is also a secluded private garden and a 35ft patio while wooden beams and fireplaces nod to the longevity of this Highgate Village gem.
The property is on the market for £2,350,000. Find out more here.