There’s nothing like a high ceiling to lift the weight off your shoulders, and nothing like some chunky beams, roof voids and mezzanines to take a room to new heights.

We’re quite partial to a bit of double height, so we’ve put together a capacious collection of lofty, err, lofts to share the peak of perfection when it comes to these voluminous spaces. Call it touching the void, call it ceiling the deal, call it the enheightenment… however you prefer it, here’s a short story, about tall storeys.
The Paragon, Searles Road SE1
This classic loft on the fourth floor of a Victorian school conversion in Bermondsey has two mezzanine bedrooms with lovely parquet floors that overlook the double-height living room with a gorgeous pair of magnificent schoolhouse windows that flood the space with light and look out towards the City. For sale at £699,995 – click here for details
Port East, Hertsmere Road E14
One of the first developments from Manhattan Loft Corporation is home to this warm, inviting and achingly authentic one-bedroom apartment on the top floor of a converted spice warehouse in one of the best locations in Canary Wharf, right on West India Quay with a waterside strip of restaurants and bars on the ground floor. For sale at £725,000 – click here for details
Kirkwood Road SE15
This former hosepipe factory in Peckham is now one of the most extraordinary houses we’ve seen with incredible beam work and vaulted ceilings inset with plentiful skylights to produce an arresting and quite beautiful property. There’s almost 3,000ft2 of living space along with a detached office/studio of 400ft2 at the end of the private garden. For sale at £2,295,000 – click here for details
Henry Tate Mews SW16
Tucked away in Streatham in the grounds of Henry Tate’s former personal home is a disarmingly charming collection of town houses set in 6 acres. This three-bedroom property has a double height living space on its first floor and a mezzanine master bedroom above it with a timber vaulted ceiling. For rent at £575 per week – click here for details
These are four of our current favourites but the list of lofts, factory and warehouse apartments, schoolhouse conversions and other alternative living spaces for sale and for rent is a forever changing one. Do drop us a line if you are looking to buy, sell or rent an interesting, unusual or unique property.


Under usual circumstances, whenever we get to market a property again after selling it first time round, while the place might look different through its furnishings and accessories, the overall change is, on the whole, fairly slight. So it’s a real pleasure to get to see a major transformation of a space that really hits all the right notes.

When we sold this 1,700ft2 warehouse conversion (and former Majestic Wine store) back in the 1990s, the sell was the rough-n-ready nature of the interior that dated back to its original conversion. While hardly fitted out to its full potential, it was a truly authentic space. So we’ll admit to a certain level of apprehension on hearing of the subsequent refurbishment.

(As loft living has moved into the mainstream, we’ve noticed a tendency to over-glamorise the apartments to a somewhat unnecessary level, seemingly inspired by business hotels in Asia. Essentially stripped of their essence and given the air of a new build in Knightsbridge, we’ve been left wondering why some people buy a loft in the first place. If you want a new build, buy a new build – please.)

However, any concerns we had on that front drifted swiftly away as we stepped over the threshold at Colina House, tucked away in Haringey. What we were presented with was a thoroughly appropriate and beautiful reimagining of the interior that honours all the good lofty bits while delivering a 21st century specification where it’s needed.

Let’s be honest, if you’re going to spend a million, you want a decent kitchen and bathroom. That doesn’t mean you want gold taps and Egyptian styling, but you do want comfort, convenience and quality. In fact you want that throughout your home, but not at the expense of everything else.

We think the owners have achieved a beautiful balance here, combining high quality materials with the original aesthetic. The combination of woodblock and marble worktops is a perfect example, introducing a lavish flourish afforded by marble without getting carried away.

Elsewhere, the (mostly) bright white paint job –including the splendid rafters in the arching roof void– gives the interior a fresh breeziness, and the use of engineered walnut planks has delivered a sleek richness that flows through the apartment in a nod to the original timber floors.

In short, this is how it should be done!

The apartment is for sale at £1.1million and you can read full details here.