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SAVED FROM NETWORK RAIL: NEW HOME IN NW10

Having merely days to secure the purchase of a plot of land on Waldo Road, NW10 from Network rail put architect/developer Alfred Munkenbeck in a bit of a conundrum. He initially appraised the plot as industrial waste land, but after careful reconsideration, he realised the rarity of obtaining virgin building land in a London location. It was an opportunity Munkenbeck could not turn down.

The collection of three houses now sitting on this West London plot have been designed and developed by Munkenbeck and his partner, and are at the forefront of modern property development – so much so that both architect partners have taken two of the houses for themselves, leaving just one for sale.

Number 1 Waldo Road is a four storey house with loft-style proportions, where living and sleeping quarters are laid out in a refreshingly unorthodox manner. Overall accommodation features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open plan living room/dining room/kitchen, and basement den. Outside space has been maximised on two levels by way of landscaped and paved terraces and off-street parking for two vehicles.

The master suite on the top floor has both dressing room and en-suite bathroom, and steps leading to a flat roof terrace, with 360 degree views of the London skyline. The first floor open plan living room extends to a dining area and kitchen, fitted with cool white units, Corian work surfaces, and steel built in appliances, with glazed sliding doors opening onto a generous and sheltered terrace. On the ground floor are three more bedrooms, one en-suite, plus a further separate family bathroom.

The lower ground level is one huge space, with doors opening onto another outside terraced area; perfect as a giant games room, or with plumbing already in place, easily adapted as an office, studio or even a suite for a teenager.

Top quality specification is apparent throughout, from the wide planked spruce wood floors, sourced in Germany, to the oversized double and triple glazed windows and doors, and exposed concrete and brick walls inspired by Munkenbeck’s love of contemporary Swiss architecture. Seriously eco-friendly and effective underfloor heating is generated from a ground source heat pump.

Situated in a quiet backwater of Kensal Rise, the property is conveniently close to Portobello Road, Notting Hill, and Westfield London in Shepherds Bush, with the added future attraction of nearby Old Oak Common railway station, one of the stops on the new Crossrail HS2 train line.

Priced at £2,450,000. Contact Mountgrange Heritage on 020 8960 0181

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