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1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

Not been here since 2013, so nice to see this 1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y up for sale.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

In fact, if you want to see the potential of this one, have a look at that last place for an idea of how it could look. As you can see, this one needs a bit of work to bring it back to its best.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

As you probably know, the Golden Lane Estate is a 1950s modernist development, designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon (the people behind the Barbican Estate) with a mission to create living space for an area hit hard by the wartime blitz. Between the years 1957 and 1962, the Golden Lane Estate emerged, with Bowater House one of the 1950s constructions.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

This is a development that has been overshadowed by the Barbican in recent years, perhaps because of the rise in popularity of brutalism, but it is still an interesting/fascinating place, with some lovely modernist apartments to own on this grade II-listed estate.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The place on offer here is described as a ‘highly sought after’ duplex apartment on the second and third floors of the block, one with the full height pull-up window, a sought after as an architectural feature on the Golden Lane Estate.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The agent describes this place as being in need of ‘some cosmetic improvement’, but the shell of the place is just fine. That window arrangement for a start, as well as the original parquet flooring in the reception room and that lovely cantilevered staircase. The rest is fixtures, fittings and furnishings.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

So a reworking of the two double bedrooms (currently with exposed floorboards), the reception space with picture window, a pull-up door leading to a balcony, A kitchen, bathroom and separate WC finish off the layout.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The block is accessed via a secure video entry system controlled sealed entrance with no public access, there is left access and communal facilities too.

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

The Golden Lane Estate has a recently refurbished public leisure centre, which has tennis and squash courts, along with a brand new swimming pool. Access to all, but there will be a service charge for that and everything else relating to the site.

In terms of the price, this one is up for £695,000.

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

 

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y
1950s duplex apartment in Bowater House on the Golden Lane Estate, London EC1Y

 

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