Property of the Week: Limehouse Apartment Near Gandalf’s Gaff

This historic Thames-side property in Limehouse not only has a great terrace overlooking the river and self-contained studio, the buyer would also become neighbours with Sir Ian McKellen 

Narrow Street is a wonderfully historic street that runs alongside the Thames in Limehouse, east London. Not only is it full of charming properties that overlook the river – including this Grade II listed property that has just come on the market – it also has a few famous residents.

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X-Men, among many famous roles, owns two properties on the street, as well as The Grapes, a 500-year old pub frequented by Charles Dickens. Plus, Gordon Ramsay’s The Narrow is just up the road.

The three bedroom apartment, set within a Georgina townhouse – parts of which have existed since the 16th century – is wonderfully bright, with a roof terrace and separate balcony both overlooking the Thames.

Entry is via a set of stairs, which leads to a charming reception room with exposed brickwork, original features including a fireplace and ceiling beams, a riverside conservatory and balcony offering panoramic views.

‘A riverside conservatory and balcony offer panoramic views’

Part of the view, which chiefly sweeps across the view to the low-rise houses of Rotherhithe with glimpses of the City and The Shard, is Anthony Gormley’s Another Time sculpture, which was reportedly purchased by McKellen.

There’s also a large dining area and good-sized family kitchen on this floor, and a spiral staircase leading up to roof terrace from the balcony.

The en suite master bedroom, complete with terrace, takes up most of the second floor, alongside a separate shower room, while the top floor has two further bedrooms.

The property even comes complete with a large studio space, registered as a B1(a) commercial space, offering an array of opportunities as both a home, workspace or or work-from-home base. The 1,203 sq ft ground floor studio space even has its own separate entrance, while the lower ground floor has a large storage room and two guest washrooms.

During the 18th century, many of these buildings formed the engineering workshops for barge builders Sparkes.

The property on Narrow Street E14 is on the market for £3,500,000 (freehold) with Knight Frank. Full details here


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