As London shivers its way into December, warm yourself with a look at this most exceptional of North London houses, transformed by architect Andy Martin from a nondescript 1930s terrace.
A total refurbishment isn't for everyone, but Dexters have worked with a number clients seeking the perfect development property for sale in London and our experience tells us that the essentials for success can be found in this contemporary family home.
A willingness to rethink your pre-conceived ideas about location - like Martin did - can open up more affordable areas, while an ability to look to the future will help you make the savviest choice. What could a less desirable area look like in a few years? Is there a plan for improved transport links? A new supermarket for all-important "Waitrose factor"? A school with an improved Oftsed rating? Listening out for any “buzz” about new restaurants or regenerated green spaces is also important; even if you intend to make this property your “forever” home, let its future prospects inform your purchase too.
If you’re looking for a London property to develop, Dexters would be happy to give you the benefit of our experience.
The outside is a standard Thirties terrace near Kensal Rise, not everyone’s favourite style, which Martin has kept. But the innards and back have been totally altered to make more light, a big open ground floor and an entire extra floor on top. He has also extended out 15 feet at the back. Martin explains why Thirties houses can be ideal blank canvases to transform into good family homes: “They have good, roomy proportions that are easier to work with, fewer chimney breasts, and good ceiling heights. This one was south facing. It was a no-brainer.”