November 15, 2008

I LOVE This House

When I was "commuting" from London to Cardiff and back, I often took the Megabus, since it was about £10 compared to £100 on the train. The route took us through Chelsea, along the Thames and out to the A4 to the M4 to Cardiff. I would pass a row of houses that I just adored. They were so intesting and like nothing I'd seen before. I fell in love.

Today, I was reading the Guardian and saw that one of them is for sale! Here's the description: Four bedrooms, open-plan reception cum kitchen, two bathrooms and a vault. Designed for bachelor artists, this startling terrace has an outsized atrium window which dominates the huge triple-height living area. Philippe Starck lavs, a whirlpool bath and Chinese slate floor make up for the A4, which zooms past the front door. Price: £1.575m ($2.32 million).
Here's the description of this incredible bathroom: Wash hand basin surrounded by Moroccan tiles with storage cabinet below with wooden Moroccan screen front, window to rear garden fronted by glassed wooden Moroccan screen, Philippe Starck-designed wc, wet room with Moroccan style ornate stained glass window.

Shame it's out of my price range.

Images: John D. Wood & Co.

33 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness -absolutely fab!
    Every detail is perfect for me - when can I move in?

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  2. Whoa - that window - that room - that ceiling. I so can see you and your doggie there! I adore this - the facade is to die for too. just wonderful - can't believe you found it - good eye.

    Joni

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  3. Are these in Tite Street? I think I've been in one, many moons ago, and not refurbished. The bed might be a bit scary - you'd have to be sure you weren't too careless about falling out of it!

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  4. Love the exterior, love the interior. What a great house.

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  5. I feel like we have been making a parallel journey in the last few weeks - I always look at these houses on my way to and from Heathrow! I think they were artists studios originally - they are fab but shame about the commuter road in front. Could be a little noisy...

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  6. Columnist... Telgarth Road, along the A4 in Hammersmith. If you're heading to Heathrow, they're on the left.

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  7. The windows are an architectural delight!

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  8. I think that window could make up for a multitude of sins — including a highway out front. Just keep the music going inside and a fountain in the garden to mask it ...

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  9. What a great house! Great curb appeal!..that bed...it would be a bit of a challenge when nature calls in the middle of the night! :)

    Beautiful though!

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  10. Yes, I remember them. There are similar ones in Tite Street too, and it's a lot quieter than Talgarth Road. A number of famous artists lived in Tite Street, including Augustus John, John Singer Sargeant. Oscar Wilde lived at number 34. Vide:

    http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmtours/chelseawalk/vm_cw_titestreet.asp

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  11. Y.U.M.

    That triple high living room with the atrium window. I bet the light is awesome in there.

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  12. I've never seen anything like that before! What an amazing house (but for some reason looks frigidly cold to me!)

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  13. Architect... i am sure that it's because the house has been styled to within an inch of its life!

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  14. i'm stealing these images for my picture files! the exterior is singular...stunning! i'm with courtney on this one...the library is my favourite room. that said, the huge triple-height living area is a close second : ) a lot of gorgeousness end-to-end!

    ps i love that it was designed by frank wheeler in 1890 'to suit the requirements of bachelor artists' ; )

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  15. I think I know these houses. Always visualized what the interior behind that beautiful big window would look like.
    Thanks for posting about it

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  16. I have loved that terrace of houses for a long time too, having first seen them from the vantage point of a taxi back in the 1980s. It's a shame the interiors don't reference, say, the days of Whistler. Surely those massive windows lit artist's studios.

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  17. AL... if I am remembering correctly, the windows are north-facing.

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  18. Sweet ceiling - just love it...and the library, oh I am tasting envy this morning!

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  19. I just can't figure out where everything fits in... the kitchen and studio are on the top level, I am guessing. But everything else?

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  20. Amazing! The windows are fantastic. And what a nice thing to see during your commute!

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  21. We LOVE that house, too. The exterior looks like a modern day fairy tale (perhaps a bit "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman)

    Thanks so much for sharing it!

    S+S

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  22. Bachelor-artists must do rather well for themselves.

    That atrium window! And a very nice library to boot. Shame about the road being right there. Storm windows appear to be out of the question.

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  23. I remember passing these amazing Victorian artists studios on the way in from Heathrow and always wondering about them...
    THANKS!
    Carolg

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  24. And here's a link to some history on these studios, one of them formerly John Singer Sargent's.
    http://www.jssgallery.org/Resources/Photos/Places/Tite_Street.htm

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  25. ^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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