Loft City! Finding decent lofts and warehouse conversions to rent has always been incredibly difficult. The people who own them tend to have bought them as a real home and not as an investment, so the chance of them coming to the rental market is very slim.

Curtain Road Loft @ £500pw
Curtain Road Loft @ £500pw

 

We have always had a huge demand from people looking for these kinds of properties to rent and we rarely have enough to satisfy even 5% of that demand. But as luck has it, we have just been instructed to market a considerable investment holding of lofts for rental – mainly around the City fringes and also a few further afield. They will be coming to the market, starting now and gradually over a period of months, but from what we have seen, it is going to be a real joy.

Hoxton Square Loft @ £750pw
Hoxton Square Loft @ £750pw

 

We put the first one on our website in Curtain Road in Shoreditch at 4.45pm today (Thursday 24 Oct) and within 8 minutes exactly, the phones were buzzing and it was let by 5.25pm!! We have just put up the details of a perfectly formed studio loft in New Inn Yard, EC2 for a bargain £375 per week, which we don’t think will last long. Also, there is a wonderful contemporary two bed loft style unit in a conversion on Hoxton Square for £750 per week.

New Inn Yard Loft @ £375pw
New Inn Yard Loft @ £375pw

 

 

 

If you happen to be lucky enough to own one of these kinds of spaces – anywhere in London – and are considering letting it out anytime in the future, please do  contact us as we know a significant bunch of loft admirers desperate for the opportunity to rent one, whether it be £350 per week or £3,000pw.

Click here for Curtain Road Loft details @£ 500pw

Click here for New Inn Yard Loft details @ £375pw

Click here for Hoxton Square Loft details @ £750pw

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Funny how we spend our childhood years trying to spend as little time at school as possible, and then we spend our adult lives trying to get back in again and make them our home. Suddenly the memories of our childhood dislikes – assembly hall parquet floors, tall windows reaching up to the ceiling, stern elevations of Victorian red brick – turn into dreams of expansive interiors, swathes of natural light, heritage and iconic architectural style.

 

Here at Unique we love schoolhouse conversions and handle a good many apartments in various examples all over London. However, they can suffer from a secondary location in their urban and suburban quarters, sometimes a little ‘off pitch’ and away from an area’s heart. Not so The Chandlery in SE1: perfectly plonked on Westminster Bridge Road, about 10 minutes walk from the National Theatre & Royal Festival Hall, 6 from Waterloo station & Lower Marsh, and within a mile of Borough Market. The Chandlery sits at the point the bend in The Thames sweeps around, with pretty much everything you want from a cultural London life in same postcode as the building.

 

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The makeup of spaces inside is an invigorating mix of commercial, live/work and just 7 residential apartments, filling the building with all manner of freelancing, professional and creative types, from publishers to illustrators, doctors to IT crowds, actors’ agents to classical musicians.

 

“We know all of our neighbours and we actually like them” says Sue, owner of a particularly fine duplex at the top of the building and on the market for £1,425,000. Coming in at just under 1700sq ft, the apartment is one of the largest residential units at The Chandlery and ticks a fair few of those all important loft-living boxes: tall windows and high ceilings, check; columns & girders, check; a mezzanine & double-height void, check. And instead of raw urban grit, the apartment is soft, clean, bright environment with glass walls and balustrades, modern open-tread staircases and an overriding sense of calm. “White, wood and rock solid” as Sue puts it. “We never hear anyone”.

 

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Every window faces east, along with a nicely decked balcony, and when the sun does come to London, the apartment is extra sunny for breakfasts and mornings, without having to sweat out the afternoons.  Not that it ever gets dark, apart from at night.

 

We’re also marketing a work/live unit at The Chandlery on the first floor at £595,000. This one’s got even more schoolhouse character with beautiful parquet floors and now in need of cosmetically, dragging itself into the 21st century. At 1050 sq ft, it’s essentially one massive living space with a mezzanine bedroom above; one for the purists, you might say.

 

For a neighbourly, central, lofty and fulfilling London life, The Chandlery most certainly passes the test.1f-reception-2

 

THE CHANDLERY, SE1 @ £1,425,000

 

THE CHANDLERY, SE1 @ £595,000

 

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Over the past 20 years, we at Unique Property Company have got in to see some of the most incredible homes throughout all of London and after 20 years, we are still surprised every single week with more gems that keep on popping up. It got us all thinking and we started to chat about places we all wanted to go and see if we could only choose one place each. So here is a list of the top five places, though you might find some of them surprising………………

 

Bel Bulben, County Sligo
Bel Bulben, County Sligo

 

 

 

Benteng Chittorgarh, India
Benteng Chittorgarh, India
Rice Fields, Yunnan, China
Rice Fields, Yunnan, China
Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway
Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
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OK, so we have run out of  the normal school conversion superlatives – BACK TO SCHOOL – EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THIS PROPERTY – GET YOUR HOMEWORK DONE……………………….., No. none of that, but just a gushing narrative on the extremely rare availability of the ultimate loft space.

The Tabard Centre
The Tabard Centre

“The former Tabard Street School (now The Tabard Centre) was built by the London School Board and dates from 1873. It was built to the designs of Frederick W Roper for the London School Board. It was originally known as the Great Hunter Street school. The school was opened just two years after the 1871 establishment of the London School Board, following the passage of the 1870 Elementary Education Act which compelled the attendance of young children at school and resulted in a surge of school building across the country. The London School Board was the most influential of the new Boards, and was responsible for vast numbers of schools across the capital, generally defined by their distinctive Queen Anne style architecture evolved by the Board’s architect, E.R. Robson. Initially, however, the Board commissioned designs from private architectural practices. Where they survive, and many have been demolished or altered, schools from this period of private architect’s designs are of particular interest. The London Board schools were described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as ‘Beacons of the future!’ often being the most identifiable and notable buildings in their late C19 urban neighbourhoods” 4-reception-to-kitchen-s

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So there is your education. Now for the details – this ground floor unit is begging to be dragged into the 21st century. Currently just a large unit with exposed brickwork absolutely everywhere, full double height ceilings, original parquet wooden floors – the ultimate blank canvas. For those looking to create your own space, this opportunity is as good as it gets. It would be very easy to create a 2nd Bedroom & Bathroom and even a mezzanine area in the Reception Room with it’s double height ceilings. The requests from people looking to buy a loft space that they can do their own thing to – is here. When its gone, its gone for good…………….

Tabard Centre Loft – Guide Price £750,000 – £800,000

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