When it comes to converting old to new, this two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s art deco Wallis Building in St John’s Wood, London, NW8 really does show how it should be done.
The factory was designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, with the build completed in the 1930s and originally occupied by the Palmer Tyre Company. It lasted as industrial space until 2000, when the conversion of the Wallis Building into loft apartments was completed.
Not just a lick of paint either. The apartments were designed to take advantage of the original build, while the front of the building underwent complete restoration. But it’s also a very modern place to live too, with communal Sky+ system and CCTV system, plus little bonuses like a lift, allocated parking (in a secure garage), on-site storage, a courtyard garden and a porter.
As for the apartment itself, you get the benefit of high ceilings, exposed concrete beams, solid oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling double-glazed Crittall windows for the period feel.
In terms of space, there is an upper first floor with split-level living/dining area, an open-plan kitchen with integrated Neff appliances and breakfast bar, a double bedroom and a shower room.
There is also a ‘sizeable’ south-east-facing balcony, accessed through double doors from the dining room, and a large mezzanine level above the kitchen that’s ideal for storage. Downstairs on the lower first floor is the master bedroom, a large en-suite with double-ended bath and shower and a spacious airing cupboard.
That does come at a price though. That price being £625,000.
Note the property now seems to be sold.