What do you get when you cross a passion for minimalism, an upsettingly natural gift for design, and a meticulous attention to detail to make the eye of a tiger look somewhat myopic? You get this.18-haybridge-exterior-s


Almost 1800 sq ft of dreamily modern factory space, arranged over two levels and kitted out in seriously sexy style. We don’t use the s-word that often, but we can’t leave it out here. A one-bedroom apartment the size of many four-bedroom houses: if that ain’t sexy, what is?


Haybridge House, close to Clapton Common and in what is fast becoming the place to live away from the tourists, was built in 1910, quite possibly – but not certainly – as a factory making tin boxes for toy cars. Fast forward to the 1980s,  it was snapped up by a property developer, who then went into receivership. Further forward to the 90s, when another enterprising soul had the use changed to live/work and, hey presto, 20 cor-blimey lofts and a bunch of happy new residents.


So far, so east end.


Now let’s rack things up a notch and pay a visit to 2005 when the current owner bought this unit and set about taking away everything that had come before and creating the most modernist, slickest and futuristic-est pad with a capital P, A and D.


Can you imagine a 4.2m freestanding black glass island with an inset bath and basin? Can your mind sail across an ocean of highly crystalised white glass as your living room floor? Glass sections cut into the mezzanine filling the lower space with light? Remote controlled lighting zones? A downdraft extractor rising out of the kitchen worktop? Or, get this, neighbours that actually talk to each other?


Well it’s all here, and more.18-haybridge-stairs-s


Every inch of this minimalist, modernist, mecca shines with star quality; it is, in every sense, highly polished.  So much so, it’s appeared in photo shoots, films, commercials and music videos. The apartment is as cinematic as it is cool, with even the live/work classification a slice of paradise; with no specified requirement for either usage, meaning you’re free to live in or work in as much of the space as you want. 80/20, 50/50, double or quits, the choice is yours.


Wander outside to Clapton Common and Springfield Park, or enjoy a pint and Sunday lunch at the Anchor & Hope just down the road on the banks of the River Lea. Train it in to Liverpool Street (12 mins) for all things corporate, or London Fields (1 stop) for everything hipster.








Originally, St Gabriel’s Manor started out in the late 1800’s as a Church Training College for Women teachers, designed by the emminent Victoria Architect, Philip A Robinson. The building is typical of its period and employs mixed Gothic and Renaissance motifs. It is built of a hard red brick with sparingly used Portland stone dressings and is five storeys high, the top storey being a very recent addition. In the centre is a gabled porch with a three-centred arch and above a statue of St. Gabriel. It is approached by a double flight of steps supported on a wide segmental brick arch. The chapel comes forward at an angle to the main building and is more competent and more decidedly Gothic in character. It has gabled buttresses, lancet windows with traceried heads slightly recessed under stone relieving arches, and a canted east end where the three light window has curvilinear tracery. The steeply pitched roof is covered with green slates. 67-reception-s

It has a varied history, being used as a Convent, a Secretarial School, requisitioned during the 1st world war as a hospital and for many years was the home for Goldsmiths Fine Art and Textiles department until 1988, when it was converted into apartments.


We have a long history with this building, having sold the Chapel to a well known interior designer many years ago, who transfored it into a spectacular home and over recent years have sold numerous other apartments in the building. We love this building as most of the apartments are very different from each other with many varied layouts, designs, outlooks and character. 40-reception-new

Situated just opposite Myatt’s Fields on Cormont Road, the locaion is a wonderfully quiet residential spot, with the centre of Camberwell a short stroll away.  It is one of those buildings that we always have such a strong demand from buyers for, our latest foray provided a lovely Two Bedroom apartment spread over three levels with double height ceilings in the Reception Room, a mezzanine level Kitchen/Dining area over looking the Reception Room and up to the upper floor which provides the Two Bedrooms and the Bathroom.

We put it on the market for £385,000 on a Friday and by the following Monday we were in receipt of multiple offers and a sale was quickly agreed. This has created another 20+ fans of the building and 20+ people extremely keen to buy in the building.

But as a temporary measure, we do have a fantastic apartment avaialable for rental in St Gabriel’s Manor. With it’s own private Patio/Terrace area, wonderful Reception Room with double height ceilings and Two Bedrooms on the Mezzanine area. Available for £385 per week immediately. 6-reception-sm6-garden-sm