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Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

Always popular, with this apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan-designed Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey throwing in a rarity value too.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

Before we get to that, let’s talk about the building itself. That’s a Ham Common block dating back to the late 1950s, one that is described as a ‘benchmark against which all other apartment blocks can be measured’ by the 20th Century Society.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

The Stirling & Gowan-designed block also has Grade II*-listed status as a result of its architectural significance. So quite a pedigree. That is due, in part, to the condition of this place, both in terms of the apartments and the communal areas. The hallways with pre-cast shuttered concrete, the curved steel handrails and the elevated walkways are a joy to behold. So reasons to love this place before we even get to the apartment.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

That apartment is described as a ‘rarely available’ top floor apartment and a comparatively large one too with three bedrooms.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

The layout is the lounge / dining room over 6 metres across, two rear bedrooms overlooking the communal gardens and a third front bedroom (or office) with floor to ceiling window. A kitchen and bathroom finish off the layout.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

The interior also retains many of its original features including exposed brick walls and squint, concrete mantel and corbel and restored original servery and kitchen units. Overall, it has a rather cool retro vibe whilst still being very much a modern-day home.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

The outside space is always worth talking about here, with shared gardens to the rear of the block and around 50m from the entrance to the block, Langham House Close leads onto the open spaces of Ham Common.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

Oh yes, if you want a garage, that is also available, but by separate arrangement (in other words, not included in the price). If you want it, there is an allocated lockable cupboard in the ground floor communal store for some extra storage.

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

If this one appeals, the asking price is £549,950, with a maintenance charge of £185 pcm.

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

Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey
Apartment in the 1950s Stirling & Gowan Langham House Close in Richmond, Surrey

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