Property of the Week: The Dulwich House that’s Narrower than a London Bus

If you can almost get a double-decker bus through it, you can build a house in it, as this quirky property conversion in East Dulwich proves…

London is not short of quirky properties. From Kennington’s water tower to a Yorkshire farmhouse reconstructed in Petersham, Londoners love a Grand Designs-style challenge. And with the highest property prices in the country, we won’t be put off by tiny plots.

It’s surprising what you can do with a small space, as the owners of this East Dulwich property demonstrated, converting an 8ft-wide former workshop into a two bedroom house.

The house is actually 8.1ft wide, which is just shy of the width of a new Routemaster bus (which comes in at 8ft and 3.25 inches wide), but the phrase ‘small but perfectly formed’ certainly comes into play when viewing it.

The property, entered through the original workshop door, offers open-plan living with a cosy living space and surprisingly spacious kitchen-diner on the ground floor.

With sleek materials, a grey colour palette throughout and a cool Crittall patio door leading right out on the contemporary south-facing decked rear garden, the home is a textbook example of industrial chic.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms, complete with grey-painted wooden floors and antique-style cast-iron radiators, as well as a recently updated shower room.

‘It’s ideal for those who have decided to move out of London following lockdown, but still want a stylish, low maintenance pied-à-terre’

‘This great little house offers a south-facing garden, carefully considered layout and modern design features,’ says Christopher Burton, Head of Knight Frank’s Dulwich office.

‘It’s ideal for those who have decided to move out of London following lockdown, but still want a stylish, low maintenance pied-à-terre for their (less frequent) trips to the office or central London amenities.’

The property is located on Rodwell Road SE22, not far from the plentiful amenities of Lordship Lane, top private schools like Dulwich College, Alleyn’s and JAGs, and just a five-minute walk from the wonderful Great Exhibition pub.

If an 8ft-wide home is just a little too bijou for you, it just so happens that the five-bedroom property next door is also for sale. A family home plus a granny annexe next door? Wouldn’t that be the dream…

Rodwell Road is currently on sale for £700,000 with

Think that’s narrow? Check out The Slim House in Battersea…