This elegant maisonette on a pretty street in Cricklewood is a calm and composed home, with three bedrooms, two large reception spaces and a private garden retreat.
Newton Road, Gladstone Park, 3 Bed. Flat
Occupying the top floor of a handsome Edwardian building, this beautiful home is found in the leafy northwest London enclave of Cricklewood. Built around 1910 for workers of the nearby Smiths Clocks factory, the maisonette has one large double bedroom, one smaller double plus a single. All adaptable, they could serve just as well as a nursery, home office or guest room.
Having been renovated extensively by the current owners, each room is carefully considered with muted hues and sympathetically selected materials. These choices are in keeping with the period detailing, including the standout red marble fireplace in the living room.
Accessed via internal stairs, the private exterior space has the intimacy of a courtyard garden and yet stretches more than 8 metres in length – a walled refuge that combines delicate planting with pristine landscaping.
Nearby Gladstone Park is a crowd-pleaser, but there are plenty of reasons to love the area. Independent cafes and shops abound (with options increasing all the time), and reaching central London or the countryside couldn’t be easier with excellent road and rail connections on the doorstep.
THE OWNER SAYS
For us, this property was the unicorn that we never thought we’d find; a first-floor property with private entrance and a garden. When we saw it, we fell in love. It needed some work, but the beautiful light rooms, original sash windows and period features were qualities that jumped out at us. Since then, we have lovingly restored it from ‘period property with potential’ into our family home.
The location is great too. Whether it’s going into or heading out of London, it’s so easy with the Thameslink and Jubilee Line trains and the M1 short distances away. Whenever we fancy a coffee, a craft beer or perfect pasta, we stroll over to enjoy Willesden Green’s local offerings, like our favourite Italian, Sanzios.
For us, the cherry on the top has to be the fabulous Gladstone Park, a huge hidden gem just around the corner. Whether it’s Parkrun on a Saturday morning, an evening walk taking in the views of the London skyline or an afternoon picnic among the blossom trees, we love it every time.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Energy Efficiency Rating: D. Potential rating: C.
In the Borough of Brent, the property falls into Band D (£1,741.92 in 2022/23).
Currently (approx) monthly charges: Gas £45, electricity £45 & Water £37.
The maisonette comes with a share of freehold (share the freehold 50% with downstairs).
Service Charge & Ground Rent:
There is no service charge or ground rent.
In total, there are two flats in the building.
The home has been extensively updated, including new flooring throughout. The owners have replastered and replaced the bathroom, renovated the kitchen, replaced the roofing on the property’s rear section, and boarded the loft beneath it. The original sash windows in the bathroom, main bedroom and lounge have been renovated and draft proofed, and bespoke cabinets have been installed in the lounge.
Cricklewood station on the Midland Main Line is closest and likely your main transport hub, with regular services to London St Pancras, Wimbledon, Sutton, Luton Airport and St Albans. The station is also served by a number of bus routes. You can also walk or cycle to Willesden Green tube, about a mile away.
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