A grade II-listed development and a local arcitectural landmark. If you fancy this apartment in Frederick Gibberd’s 1930s modernist Pullman Court in Streatham Hill, London SW2, then you might be interested in the upcoming viewing day.
Some might say art deco, but this 1933 Frederick Gibberd is more likely to be filed under modern movement – and one of the finest example of that style still standing in the capital.
It dates back to 1933, taking inspiration from ocean liners and made up of different blocks, all of which have been maintained to a high degree architecturally. If you fancy a step back into the high life of the 1930s, this might be the place for you.
Of course, it isn’t just about the architecture, it is also about the apartment itself. In this case, it looks like the past has been respected, although as you can imagine, size isn’t huge within.
That’s because these apartments were more of a ‘base’ than a permanent dwelling when first constructed. The idea was to appeal to young professionals who wanted a ‘country retreat’ (I know, things have changed since).
Each new owner was given a ‘wireless’ a gas fire and an ice box to help them settle in. Eating out was probably the norm, which is why these apartments and others in similar blocks have such a small kitchen.
Oh yes, you get more than a radio and gas fire these days, with free parking for residents, fibre optic broadband and a staffed laundry facility being just some of the benefits for residents. But there is a service charge, which I will detail in a moment.
For now, let’s look at the apartment, which has a number of original features still in place, not least the Crittall windows, along with walnut sliding partitions and a private balcony with views over the communal gardens. Yes, the kitchen and bathroom have been updated as you would expect, but the general feel is very much of the original era.
In terms of living space, you are looking at the main living room, the one bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and the balcony area.
I did briefly mention the grounds, which are set around several mature tress which pre-date Pullman Court and are a huge selling at this time of the year. Indeed, there is a strong residents’ committee at Pullman Court, which brings the community together for events such summer barbecues and Christmas parties in those landscaped grounds.
The service charge is around £1,912 annually and there asking price is £280,000.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.