Unusual water tower home unchanged since the Seventies for sale in north London | Homes and Property


quirky six-storey water tower home with 360-degree views throughout London has been listed for sale for the first time in 50 years in north London.

The Grade II-listed property in the suburb of Winchmore Hill is an actual Seventies time capsule and was bought as a complete transformation mission for about £7,500 in 1966 by an architect and his spouse, who’ve since handed away.

Now, the home is being offered by the couple’s daughters Geraldine and Kate, who grew up there in the late Sixties and Seventies.

“My mother and father beloved it a lot, they only wouldn’t depart it,” stated Geraldine. “We had been at all times attempting to encourage them to maneuver right into a bungalow – someplace they wouldn’t must climb stairs – however they had been obsessive about it.”

Completely overhauled in the late Sixties however untouched for the final 30 or so years, the three-bedroom water tower’s six flooring supply 2,000sq ft of dwelling area.

Seventies-inspired interiors highlights embody salmon-pink kitchen cupboards, textured wallpaper and a sage inexperienced carpet operating via the dwelling areas.

Unusual nooks embody the small workshop in the cellar and misleading quantities of storage in the eaves.

The most hanging characteristic, nonetheless, is the spiral staircase that connects all the flooring, from the basement and backyard room, varied dwelling areas and the bedrooms – all the approach as much as the roof terrace and these spectacular views.

While the sight of all these stairs might trigger a few of us rising from flats post-lockdown to interrupt out in a chilly sweat, Geraldine stated her mom was nonetheless climbing them in her nineties.

“I keep in mind going to take a look at properties [in 1966], my dad was taking a look at a variety of issues however then, approaching the market because it did – comparatively low-cost contemplating it wanted fully renovating – it simply fired his creativeness,” added Geraldine.

“It was terrible after we first went to see it, fairly scary, however all of us instantly fell in love with it.

VIDEO: take a tour of the water tower home in Winchmore Hill

“My mother and father had offered a terrace home in Palmers Green for £5,000, and went spherical borrowing from family members who weren’t all that eager at first – however they quickly modified their minds.

“As a household, we took it on and we beloved it. It wants somebody ready to place a little bit of time, effort and cash into renovations.

“We’re hoping that somebody with the similar sort of design ambition [as my parents] would relish taking it on.”

With a stamp responsibility vacation extension in place till the finish of June, eager renovators seeking to buy their very personal Grand Designs-style mission will save £15,000 tax that may be put in direction of the obligatory work.

“The tower is a household home wealthy in historical past and options, the scale and potential of that are unparalleled,” stated Danny Brewer of property agent Unique Property Company. “It would swimsuit a younger household wanting for their very own ‘Grand Designs’ mission.”

The tower is in Quakers Walk, between Enfield and Palmers Green and about 9 miles from King’s Cross – lower than an hour’s bicycle commute.

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