Whether you’re Gryffindor or Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff, here’s a master class in loft living you won’t want to skip.

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Constructed in the mid nineteenth century, this Grade II Listed gothic style building of flint and stone was once the William Gibb Grammar School. More recently it was converted into residential accommodation and is now a cluster of exceedingly fine lofts.

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This one sits proudly in the middle and extends to 2600 sq ft of resourcefully utilised space where the entire first floor is given over to an incredible open plan living space. On the ground floor are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a wonderful double height entrance hall.

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Outside is a low-maintenance and nicely screened patio garden with a south-westerly aspect, and there’s also plenty of private parking beyond the front gates.

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All this, for £600,000.

Now, it’s not really sounding like the sort of loft apartment you’ve got used to settling for in London, is it? Well, that’s because it isn’t.

Just over an hour by train from St Pancras and 2 minutes from the M2 motorway, the thriving market town of Faversham in Kent offers a cultural and culinary alternative to the capital with an active local scene of comedy, film and theatre garnished with a healthy helping of restaurants.

Dating back to pre-Roman times and mentioned in the Domesday Book, Faversham is one of England’s oldest towns and home to more than 500 listed historical buildings. You’ll also find some of the best walking in the country here with many marked paths across the South Downs.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a complete escape, but not at the expense of a lofty home and neighbourhood lifestyle, hop on a high-speed Javelin train and grab yourself an education.

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Click here for full details.

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Imagine keeping your work and home life separate without the commute, balanced with an urban London lifestyle and regularly getting away from it all, without ever having to go anywhere. If that sounds like the stuff of dreams, stand by for a reality check.

Standing on Kirkwood Road in SE15, there is little clue to what lays behind an unassuming gate in a typical Victorian terrace, least of all a gasp-worthy pair of houses created from a former hosepipe factory.

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The conversion was completed in 2006 after the old industrial building had lain empty for some years. When open, the factory was the home of W. Greenwood & Sons Co. Ltd who operated here as “oil resisting hose pipe manufacturers” between about 1950 and 1980.

Many years later, an enterprising developer and architect saw a new future of residential use. Initially gaining consent for a mews of three, they were subsequently given permission to take that number down to two having decided a pair of larger houses would be rather more exciting. At 3,349ft2 this one is the bigger brother and is available for the first time since its initial sale.

Packed to the rafters with exposed timberwork, the house emits a convincing barn-like quality that immediately captured the current owner: at the time, a move to a converted farm building in the countryside was seriously on the cards. Already living a loft life in a nearby converted school, moving here delivered the desired domestic setting while retaining an urban existence.

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Inside, the sense of light grabs you at once. As well as large skylights, a double height glass atrium reaches into the roof’s apex and forms the end piece to the dining kitchen and, above it, the vast living room (where you’ll find a real log burner for winter cosiness). 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a chill-out room – of course! – and a surprisingly secluded garden complete a unique property, described by the owner as “very much a comfortable and functional home”.

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The cherry on the cake is the detached workshop at the end of the garden, now renovated into a wonderful studio space for running a business – a major improvement on using the spare bedroom!

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As one of London’s most vibrant and eclectic neighbourhoods, Peckham has recently added a slew of fun cafés and bars to an already lively high street and market. The town is home to Peckhamplex, London’s most successful independent cinema, as well as the summertime Rooftop Film Club. Wander past numerous places to eat and some great local pubs to eventually end up at Peckham Rye Park & Common, where you can walk off any calories accumulated along the way.

Should you wish to leave the neighbourhood, London Overground and Southern trains stop at nearby Queens Road Peckham station, with direct services to, among others, London Bridge (7 mins) and Shoreditch High Street (17 mins).

The house is for sale at £2,295,000. Click here for more information.

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After a little while working on it and a lot of background research, we’ve now launched the London Loft Apartments website, a tribute to some of our favourite living spaces in the capital.
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London has a rich and formidable collection of formerly commercial buildings that have leant themselves considerably well to a new urban lifestyle: from tannery to telephone exchange, orphanage to office and bath house to synagogue, these new-era living spaces turned the property market on its head and changed the way we live.

Divided into North, East, South and West London, the website aims to catalogue the very best of loft living in London. We see it as a working document that we’ll be continually adding to and editing.
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Alongside the collection of converted schools, factories, warehouses that make up the foundation of London’s loft contingent, we’ve also included some of the most memorable one-off dwellings we’ve encountered along the Unique Property Company journey.

A former chapel, a rescued church tower and a repurposed stable block are just some of the extraordinary rarities we’ve seen; these are joined by a few choice newly built houses and apartments whose certain savoire faire elevates them from boring and boxy to lofty and lovely.

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Whether it’s a raw and gritty warehouse or a smooth and slick glass box, our love of loft apartments, lifestyle and indeed mentality knows no bounds. But what do you think? Do you have a favourite loft building you’d like us to include? Or do you live in one of our favourites and absolutely love it to death?

Enjoy the new website and do keep coming back for more!

www.londonloftapartments.co.uk

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It’s hard to imagine a setting more serene or a loft lifestyle more archetypal than a converted factory on the banks of a leafy East End canal. From early morning coffee to sunset over the water, it’s a royally unruffled urban existence and a retreat from the daily grind.

This particular loft provides exactly that utopian dream: 1720ft2 of proper industrial space sitting on the banks of the Limehouse Cut and carved from a floor of the former Spratt’s Factory, the UK’s first tinned pet food production facility.

Original converted back in the 1990s, the apartment has been very recently brought right up to date by the current owner in a refurbishment that delivers some rather nice and unique touches, not least of which the use of old woodwork benches in the bathrooms as basin stands.

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Elsewhere it’s a genuine loft in every sense, with high ceilings, big industrial windows (now double glazed), rugged oak floors, grit-blasted brickwork and newly exposed iron columns and beams (inexplicably covered up in the original conversion) painted in a rich velvety purple against an otherwise bright white paint job.

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As with all the best spaces, this one has a useful quirk. In anticipation of extended stays from a visiting Australian mother, a kind of studio-within-a-loft was created, giving extra privacy to guests or lodgers (with its own entrance along with kitchen and bathroom facilities) but that can easily function as part of the overall apartment. It’s an ingenious idea that delivers many possibilities for future owners.

The apartment is for sales at £1,225,000 and full details can be viewed here.

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The last few months have seen us really get going on our social media pages to reach out further to our likely audience but also to attract a wider public, perhaps people who are interested in homes and design but not necessarily looking to buy or sell a property.

This allows us an element of fun in our posts as the aim is not to directly sell something. Yes it’s about increasing the awareness of our brand, but in an entirely different way. Social media, as the term implies, is about being social, not about selling.

This gives us much more freedom in what to post, and to plunder our catalogue of photos built up over the years of selling and letting unique London property. In some ways it’s a real trip down memory lane, rediscovering the incredible houses and apartments we’ve worked on, and reliving the experiences of showing people round.

Our Instagram account of course is the perfect environment for pure property pleasure, whether for homes that are currently available or simply a bit of nostalgic voyeurism. Everyone loves to know how people decorate their homes and to find out what’s behind the doors of many of London’s converted factories, warehouses, schools and other repurposed buildings.

Our Facebook page is proving the perfect environment for alerting the world to what’s available to rent and buy right now and our posts are beginning to garner engagement, likes, shares and comments. We’re approaching 1,800 likes on our page and are committed to breaking through the 2,000 barrier by the end of September.

That just leaves our Twitter feed, and therein lies the challenge. We are keen to avoid being another one of the countless profiles where the only service provided is re-tweeting other people’s ideas. Or, worse, constant “aren’t we great?” tweets. Twitter, to us, should be about sharing unique and useful information and insights. That is what we are determined to offer.

We’re learning exactly what we have to say on a daily basis that is not simply an ego tweet (which – who knew? – most people aren’t so interested in), but that is informative and useful to anyone following us.

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