Found on one of Peckham's most coveted streets, this elegant Victorian property has the proportions and stature to rival many buildings in London. Covering four expansive floors, and comfortably over 2,200 ft2, the house is currently configured as three bedrooms (plus an office) but is endlessly adaptable – providing all the space, light and security that you could wish for in a family home of this era.
Talfourd Road, Peckham, 4 Bed. House
For us, this property offers the best of both worlds: a beautiful and charismatic home as it stands today; and almost unlimited potential for the future.
The house has been lived in and loved for many years by the current owners, and much of the structural work has already been done. For example, a sympathetically designed, three-story extension has been built to the rear, which has added significant living space. Some aspects remain unfinished, so there is an amazing opportunity for someone with vision and creativity to make it their own. These include two of the bathrooms and the huge basement, which are essentially shells for the next owners to shape and mould to their needs.
Overall, the house is already a warm and arresting place to spend time. The majority of the rooms have epic proportions, and the sunlight throughout is glorious. Many architectural elements jump out, but if we had to pick two, we would put forward the sweeping staircase, with its seamless and unbroken oak balustrade running the spine of the house – it's a thing of beauty. The other repeated joy for us is the centrally positioned windows on the raised ground floor. It's rare to have windows arranged this way, but they frame the space perfectly – particularly with the wood-panelling surround – and flood the rooms in natural light.
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.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: F & Environmental Impact Rating: F
Part of the London borough of Southwark, the house falls into Council Tax Band E (£1,624.99 2018/19)
For ease of commute, Peckham Rye is a convenient option. Half a mile away on foot, it takes you directly to Clapham Junction one way, and Highbury & Islington in the other. The latter route stops at (amongst others) Canada Water, Whitechapel and Dalston Junction.
For younger children, the treehouse and slide will be a thing of great excitement.
The house is already beautiful, but there is still more that can be done to realise its full potential. The scope may deter some, but for many, it will be a hugely creative proposition. Some ideas: creating an open-plan family room downstairs, with the kitchen leading onto the garden; moving the main bathroom to one of the newly built ones and re-appropriating the space as another bedroom, in turn creating a 4/5 bedroom house. With all the plumbing already in place, it would be a relatively easy job to do and an exciting one at that.
Explore South East London
This beautiful gallery hosts exhibitions primarily focussing on new work by British and international artists. Lose yourself in the main gallery, but don’t miss the Fire Station Annexe, opened in 2018 and a work of art in itself. Then pay a visit to South London Louie, the sunlit onsite café, for a delicious post-exhibit meal.
Ganapati brings southern Indian flavours to the heart of Peckham. The restaurant, which has eat-in and takeaway branches, offers a small and regularly changing menu with deliciously authentic dishes that include sea bass curry and to-die-for masala dosa. As the owners describe it, Ganapati pays “homage to the Indian coffee house with its utilitarian feel, mix of colours and fluorescent tube lighting”.
Popular Peckham all-day bar and dining space Levan dishes up inventive European plates, inspired by food scenes in other gastronomic destinations such as Barcelona, Berlin and Paris.
An intimate dining room and counter seating by the open kitchen make it great for any occasion.
With its simple, ever-changing menu of perfectly prepared, “Italian-inspired” food, Artusi has been a critics’ darling since it opened in 2014. Now a neighbourhood fixture, it even offers a cook-at-home delivery service so you can feast from the comfort of your own dining room (or sofa).
This community-minded café has some of the best coffee around, plus tasty baked goods, hard-to-find microbrew beer and unique wines from small vintners. Lumberjack even has a “pay-it-forward” programme to provide meals to NHS workers, so you can have your morning cuppa and do a good deed at the same time.