Albert Dock,New Wharf Road, London N1 9RB
Renowned horoscope-writer Shelley von Strunckel’s fabulous London loft apartment is up for sale. This freehold flat encompasses of the top floor of a former warehouse building at Battlebridge Basin, on London’s Regents Canal, close to King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, and all the transport links those hubs offer. St Pancras is a short stroll from the apartment, making it possible to ‘walk’ to Paris. King’s Cross station connects London to the rest of the UK, particularly the east; Yorkshire, Northumbria and Edinburgh.
Battlebridge, the original name for the King’s Cross area, was an ancient bridge over the River Fleet, which now runs underground but from which Fleet Street took its name. The building retains many of its charming historical features, fortunately, however, it’s not listed so changes and repairs can be made without the paperwork and extra cost associated with Listed Buildings status.
The loft, located in the borough of Islington, is 2,400 sq ft, and has an open-plan reception with breathtaking views across Regent’s Canal, from The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral to the London Eye and, more locally, St Pancras Hotel’s iconic clock tower.
There are three bedrooms, and the large master suite has its own bathroom. If you feel inclined to eat in, rather than in Paris, the apartment has a ‘chef’s kitchen’ with a top-end Falcon range cooker, and a larder with a second basin, dishwasher and fridge.
While the bones of the building are about 110 years old, the loft space was gutted and rebuilt seven years ago, so you have the charm of a period house, but with the convenience of under-floor heating, hardwood (beech) floors and storage space that meets the needs of modern life!
The wind and weather blows in from the south, and, anticipating this, Ms von Stunckel had new, gale-proof windows custom built and installed on the south-facing side of the building.
The property has an entry gate and concierge, and a garaged parking space. The building is looked after by an extremely diligent residents’ association, and a managing agent.
This area of King’s Cross has developed remarkably over the past five years in terms of services and community. It now benefits from Kings Place Arts Centre, a hub for music, art, dialogue and food, housed in an award-winning building across the canal from the loft. There is also a selection of superb restaurants nearby and charming outdoor spaces such as the Granary Square, adjacent to Central Saint Martins school of fashion. Property values in this area have increased astronomically over the past five years, but there’s a lot more to come, especially once Google moves into its new building nearby, in just two years’ time.
Buying agent Jake Withers on 020 7581 1631, email Jake.