This one is just stunning. It’s also a 1950s apartment in the Parkleys Span development, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey.
Stunning because it has a finish both in keeping with the original era and architecture and a preservation of a number of original features. Two things that are always selling points for this kind of property.
The Parkleys development was created by Span between 1954 and 1956, with this first-ever Span development now grade II-listed due to its architectural merit. Specifically, the apartment is in Herrick Court and is a ‘Type A’ flat on the ground floor.
That means direct access to outside space, with French doors leading out to the well maintained communal landscaping. That’s obviously a selling point, but it is the inside that really sells this one to me.
The apartment has been ‘carefully restored and redecorated’ by the current owners as you might have worked out. It is a very sympathetic renovation too, as I mentioned earlier.
The building itself has maintained its original 1950s modernist vibe and this apartment continues to carry that through.
That’s a mix of preservation in things like the divider between kitchen and living room, the original kitchen units and draining board, the original internal doors, the tiled (working) fire place and wooden book shelf designed by Eric Lyons and the wall of glass across the living room. But also the touches added by the owners.
The fixtures, fittings and furnishings are either original midcentury pieces or designs that offer a nod to that era. Even the little touches like that radio (which obviously isn’t staying) and there lighting are in keeping with the era. The muted tones throughout are a lovely backdrop too, which are all courtesy of Farrow and Ball paints using original 1950s paint shades authorised by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Colour Council.
If you want a lesson in renovating, this is a great example of how to do it right. Also worth noting that the renovation involved complete rewiring and re-plastering, the installation of Webtech Elite underfloor heating and the use of Forbo Marmoleum natural flooring throughout.
As for space, you are looking at that bright living room and beyond the room divider, the kitchen, a mix of original units and modern-era appliances. A hallway accesses all the remaining rooms, which are the master bedroom with full-width windows looking out to the gardens, a newly redecorated bathroom with walk-in shower and original reeded glass window and the second bedroom, which is double aspect.
The flat also has its own separate utility store and all ground floor apartments have their own individual brick store rooms, which used to be the old coal store.
If you can see yourself in this one, the apartment has just gone on the market, with an asking price of £449,950.
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