This elegant three-bedroom apartment occupies the two uppermost floors of a classic Victorian building and is only minutes on foot from Hampstead Village. Providing over 100 m2 of living space, over two expansive floors, its innate strengths and characteristics have been enhanced by a recent refurbishment which adds just the right balance of contemporary style.
Carlingford Road, Hampstead, 3 Bed. Flat
The staircase is a thing of beauty; elegant black spindles and the Mahogany handrail spiral up between the two floors, seamlessly linking them together.
On the lower level are two well-proportioned double bedrooms and a smaller third room that could be a nursery, small guest bedroom or home office. The latter is how it is currently configured, with two walls of built-in bookshelves. Your very own library.
The open plan living area is set on the upper floor and is the true heart of the home. With large windows at both ends there is light in abundance, but the space is also practical with gorgeous bespoke cabinetry lining one wall. We’re especially fond of the kitchen: its shaker blue units, marble worktop and bright Moroccan-inspired tiling come together to create a fresh and ‘en-vogue’ aesthetic.
And the proverbial cherry on top of the icing on the cake? A private roof terrace, accessed by an external, spiral staircase from the balcony. The secluded spot, 'hidden' between the chimney stacks, has ever-changing views of London that are hard to beat.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: E
Part of the borough of Camden, the flat falls into Council Tax Band F (£2,148 for 2018/19).
There are three other flats in the building – all owners have a share of the freehold (990 years remaining). As a result, there is no ground rent and no regular service charge. Maintenance is agreed upon as and when required.
As mentioned, the flat has had a complete refurbishment recently, and this includes new windows, flooring, carpet, cabinetry, kitchen fit out, luxurious bathroom tiling and units, electrics, fixtures and fittings. Plus, a new roof and boiler. And all this has been done in the past five years.
If you’ve got a family, you can’t go wrong as there are many coveted schools nearby, such as The Academy School, Heathside Preparatory School and Christ Church Primary School, all rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Hampstead is synonymous with the Heath and there is clearly good reason for that (!), but there are numerous other places of interest nearby. The architecture of Erno Goldfinger continues to divide opinion to this day, but there is little doubt his own home on Willow Road is an exemplar of its type. Two NT properties can be found nearby – Fenton House and Burgh House as well as the Freud Museum, which is Sigmund's old home, or Keats’ House – the poet’s former residence and now a museum. Indeed, the side streets are littered with blue plaques for John Constable, Daphne Du Maurier, DH Lawrence, Edith Sitwell, Richard Burton and Peter Cook amongst others.
THE OWNERS SAY
We have loved living in our beautiful flat and will miss it when we're gone!
Everything about it feels special – whether you're curled up on the sofa in the living room where it's always so light and airy; sitting at the desk in the study, watching the parakeets in the big tree in the garden; or up on the roof terrace on New Year’s Eve, watching fireworks exploding in the sky across the city.
And of course, we'll miss Hampstead, with its coffee shops full of writers; the independent boutiques; arguably the best butchers in London, and all the well-known neighbours you see on the high street. Then there’s the Heath itself, which feels like a little piece of rugged countryside buried in the middle of London – beautiful both in the summer sunshine and winter snow.
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to maintain accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these are intended as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection. Total floorplan measurements have been rounded for ease. Distances are also provided as an approximate.
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