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A home with a grand entrance hall in Muswell Hill, a kitchen of distinction in Battersea and a beautifully restored Victorian apartment in Bayswater.


Lofty ideals

Ben Goulding knows a thing or two about seeing beauty and potential where others may only see ugly decor and work: ‘I like to buy period properties and restore them to their original glory,’ he says. Ben’s latest labour of love is a two bedroom Bayswater apartment, just a hop, skip and jump away from Hyde Park. ‘The flat was in a pretty bad state,’ remembers Ben, ‘but its high ceilings appealed to me.’ Nowhere are those ceilings more lofty than in the living/dining room, where they reach four metres. Having restored the original cornices, Ben added cast iron Victorian radiators and finished the refurb with a neutral colour scheme. ‘The property is architect designed,’ says Ben – he enlisted the advice of an expert to help him create the fresh, modern home he thinks is ideal for ‘a younger audience’.

Leinster Gardens, Hyde Park W2, £1,395,000
This first floor apartment for sale has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large study, well equipped open plan kitchen and full width balcony.

Contact Paul Hyman
KFH Bayswater
Tel 020 7724 1222

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Comely kitchen

Kitchens don’t come much slicker than the one in Charlie McArdle’s four bedroom Victorian townhouse in Battersea. ‘It always looks pristine, like no one actually uses it,’ says the TV presenter, ‘but we cook here all the time. We just designed it to be really easy to keep clean.’ The design features metallic grey green cupboards that ‘almost touch the ceiling, to really make the most of the space’, luxurious Corian worktops, easy clean glass splashbacks and a wine fridge discreetly hidden in the room’s central island. ‘So it’s not only brilliant for cooking in, it’s great for entertaining, too,’ says Charlie.

Home Road, Battersea SW11, £769,950
This townhouse for sale near Clapham Junction is spread across three floors, and has two bathrooms, one of them en suite. The double reception leads through to the kitchen and a south facing garden.

Contact Jimmy Carr
KFH Battersea Park
Tel 020 7924 1944

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A grand entrance

‘If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the hallway is the face; the first thing visitors see, it gives a taste of what’s inside. The entrance to Abi Donaldson’s Muswell Hill home is the supermodel of hallways. ‘It’s magnificent,’ says Abi. ‘It’s welcoming, and like a room in its own right with tons of space.’ The grandeur of the space is typical of Edwardian properties, and the hall has retained its original fireplace, encaustic tiled floor and beautifully carved fretwork. The house itself, which Abi shares with her partner Rebecca, their four children and Frank the dog, has managed to avoid the clutches of developers and has always been a single property. ‘The entrance hall is a great greeting place, and also ideal for kids’ scooters and buggies,’ says Abi. ‘The minute you come through the door you get this sense of a beautiful family home.’

Elms Avenue, Muswell Hill N10, £1,800,000
This six bedroom house for sale has three bathrooms and two living rooms. A basement level comprises a utility room and half height cellar. Muswell Hill Broadway and Alexandra Park are just minutes away.

Contact Andrew Hunt
KFH Muswell Hill
Tel 020 8883 0123

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