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Rochester Row, Westminster, SW1
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1151 sq ft
1 en suite bathroom, 1 shower room
1 Living area
Walk into this light, airy flat and you will be struck by the sheer level of craftsmanship on display.
The oak floor alone is a work of art. Completely bespoke, it was sanded, stained and polished by hand on site; its chevron pattern creating a chic sense of attitude and continuity throughout the space. And what a space. With two bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room and the huge living area, it already spans 1,151 sq ft – but the shrewdly designed sight lines between the rooms make it seem 20 percent bigger. This is enhanced by the leafy trees outside, and the views down to the playing fields of Vincent Square.
Those playing fields are a splash of countryside in the middle of town and speak to the village-like quality that residents love about this neighbourhood. The area is full of independent shops, local restaurants and quiet residential streets. Yet it’s also a stone’s throw from the purr of central London life. You can amble to the West End in twenty minutes or to the tranquility of St. James’s Park lake in fifteen; you can be at Victoria station in under ten.
It’s such an inviting prospect, that many prospective buyers find themselves accepting properties with obvious drawbacks. This flat is not one of those – everywhere you look, clever design touches help it perform at its best. Take the door to the living area, which folds back flush with the wall to create a perception of flow into the entrance hall. If you do wish to shut it, however, it reveals a stylish bookcase built into the wall. And then there are the aesthetic elevations that show just how much care has got into every detail: the Carrara marble kitchen worktop has been sanded to create an inconspicuous gradient down to the sink; the grain across the Macassar ebony kitchen cabinets runs straight from one to the next; the artworks on the living room walls are picked out by individual spotlights.
The whole environment is so agreeable that, for everything that’s on the doorstep, it might just become your favourite place in town.
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Home-buyers from around the world trust us because (unlike other agents) we take responsibility for the beautifully refurbished homes that we source, and we back this up with an exclusive Cuvelo one-year warranty*.
We only ever take on homes with an exceptional standard of workmanship, fittings and interior design, and we take pride in providing the highest level of after-care.
When it comes to totemic landmarks, Westminster has an embarrassment of riches. But those who live there know that its character is much more textured than the tourists tend to discover. Beyond the hotspots there are endearing streets of Georgian and Queen Anne houses – the kind you might assume had been long vanquished by history. And as buildings once used as offices are increasingly returned to their original purpose as homes, the number of residents is growing.
You can see what attracts them. The area is full of endearing enclaves that have held out against high-street homogeneity. Stroll down Elizabeth Street, for instance, and you’ll find a treasury of eclectic businesses – everything from H.R. Stokes, the oldest personal stationers in London, to Les Senteurs, the independent perfumery, via the characterful boutique of haute-couture milliner Philip Treacy. Or take in the locale around the foodie haven of Tachbrook Street market. Here you’ll encounter well-kept secrets such as Rippon Cheese Stores – the company does much of its trade supplying leading hotels and restaurants, but sells to in-the-know individuals from behind this understated shopfront – and pubs such as the Queen’s Arms that somehow manage to feel like neighbourhood watering holes despite their central location.
The charm is not restricted to such pockets. Westminster as a whole has a wealth of independent eateries, from stalwarts such as the art deco Regency Café, which has provided old-fashionedly British fare to its legions of regulars since 1946, to upscale restaurants such as A. Wong with its recently acquired Michelin star. The latter isn’t some corporate confection, though – it’s a longstanding family business given a new lease of life by the owners’ talented son.
Westminster’s village-like quality is enhanced by its comparative sense of calm. But the area is a stone’s throw from the cut and thrust of London life. After seeing a play you can walk home from the West End in 20 minutes; when you wake up on a Saturday morning you can stroll over to Sloane Square for brunch. The vast green spaces of the Royal Parks are on the doorstep, as is the transport hub of Victoria. Although, like many residents, you’ll doubtless prefer to use St. James’s Park tube station. In 20 steps you’ll be on the District and Circle lines and can get anywhere – and hardly a tourist in sight.