“I visited the thinnest house in London in real life and it looked funny”
I don’t know how most people started their weekends, but mine started with a house tour for an apartment that I had no hope of buying.
I’ve written about London’s thinnest house and all of its unique features before, but I’ve never seen it in real life.
As I arrived at South Kensington tube station, all kinds of ideas started to float in my head. What does London’s ‘thinnest’ house really look like from the inside?
Would the apartment make me feel like a Victorian chimney sweep?
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Do I need a safety line?
Of course, I was a bit dramatic, and the first thing that struck me about the house wasn’t how thin it was, but its location.
It is a short walk from the tube station and close to some of London’s top attractions including the Natural History Museum, the V&A and the London Science Museum.
The house is located in Thurloe Square, a quiet part of Kensington, lined with impressive Victorian-style townhouses and has a residents’ garden at its center.
After looking for what was perhaps a little too long at the stunning shape of the building, I headed inside to meet Patrice May, the real estate agent who is currently trying to find a buyer for a two bedroom apartment. in the basement of the house.
As we walked down the stairs to the apartment entrance, Patrice told me that he was receiving an increasing interest in the property, with a number of people coming from countries like France, Hong Kong and China to to see her.
When I peeked inside something became obvious, this wasn’t going to be a long tour.
The apartment is very compact – to use a generous term.
The larger room is a decently sized living room which has a little offshoot where what can only be described as a kitchenette is hidden away.
Beyond the living room and kitchen there are two bedrooms with unique angular walls mainly due to the uneven width of the building.
Firstly, it gives the property a very individual character, but it’s also a bit unusual and can take a while to get used to.
It is a property that is economical with its space, making intelligent use of what it has.
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The best example of this smart design is the master bedroom bathroom.
Patrice, almost a magician, pulled back what looked like a cabinet door to reveal a small full bathroom with a shower and toilet.
Returning to the living room, I wondered aloud about the thin terraced garden that borders the living room windows, it was not clear to me how you got out.
Patrice pointed to a stool and a pair of large windows, some windows are also doors.
The apartment certainly has an abundance of them, it is surprisingly light for a basement apartment.
The other thing that surprised me was how quiet it was, despite its proximity to the nearby metro line.
I asked Patrice what he thought would probably happen to the apartment.
“It will probably go to a foreign investor,” he said.
He also explained that if an investor bought the apartment, it would more than likely become an Airbnb, with people flocking to use it as a base for tourist activities.
“The location can’t be beat,” he told me, and the current asking price of £ 795,000 is “100%” due to the apartment’s prime location close to transport, in a prime location. nice neighborhood and close to some of London’s best attractions.
I asked her why there was more interest in the apartment now than there had been in recent months.
He said that since the country has opened up and it is possible to travel to the UK, investors again see greater viability in buying property in London.
With that, it was time for me to say goodbye to Patrice and the thinnest house in London and rush out to find an emergency Halloween costume.
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