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
Tel 020 7724 1222