Would you pay £1.25 million to live in a home in Kensington? What if the home was only 7ft wide?
That is the question facing house-hunters in London’s most expensive area, as the pint-sized property hits the market – and takes the prize of the narrowest home in the city currently up for sale. (Another seven-foot home was previously on the market in 2014.)
The Victorian terraced house sits on Peel Street and has caught the world’s attention, due to its diminutive width. Its estate agents, Winkworth, though, are confident in finding a buyer. The listing on Rightmove describes it as “a remarkable, compact and charming” house, highlighting the planning permission the three-storey home has to create a new lower ground floor. It even has a “drawing room with French windows onto a South facing roof terrace on the first floor”, although you may not be able to fit many drawings in it.
The property’s strength, rather, lies in its location: Peel Street runs between Kensington Church Street and Campden Hill Road, which means it is near the transport connections of both Notting Hill and Kensington High Street, with both Kensington Gardens and Holland Park within easy walking distance, should the new owner feel claustrophobic.
Josh Grinling, director at the estate agents tells The Express: “It is the narrowest home that I am aware of in the area. It is almost invisible, most people walk straight past unaware it is a house but it is actually a bit of a Tardis inside.
“A previous owner hired a canal boat designer to improve the ergonomics and there is quite a bit of space.”
Grinling adds that he has sold the property three times in the last 20 years. As he puts it, “it’s one of the cheapest freeholds in Kensington”. Maybe it’s not such a squeeze after all.Google+