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Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

For many this is the Barbican dream. That’s because this split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2Y is both huge (for the Barbican) and original.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Mountjoy House was constructed in 1971, a side to side terrace block on tall columns and, of course, on the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon-designed brutalist estate. 64 flats in this block, with this being one of most sought after.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

That’s because this particular flat / apartment is a rare split level affair, one with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, not to mention a large terrace with east-facing city views.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

In addition to being both substantial and on the top two floors of the building, this place has another appealing factor. Little has changed over the years.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

The agent rightly points out that the hour has ‘original 1960s features throughout’, which are a joy to see preserved. You get the idea that it hasn’t been on the market often, if at all.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

So much to appreciate. The double height reception area is the first thing to consider, with the large indeed picture windows filling the room with light.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

But there is much more, such as the open tread staircase with built-in shelving, a barrel vaulted ceiling, that wonderful terrace and original kitchen and bathroom space.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

The fact that so little has been touched is a huge selling point with these apartments. Throw in the space and this is massively desirable. But that does create its own problem – the asking price.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Even small apartment on the Barbican Estate are pricey affairs. Something like this is always going to be pricey. You will need something in the region of £2,000,000 to secure this place, as well as an additional service charge each year. Get saving. Or get a lottery ticket.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Images and details courtesy of Hamilton Brooks. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Barbican living: Split level apartment in Mountjoy House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

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