Barbican, City & Clerkenwell Office Tel: 020 7600 7000
About the property
This stunning, one bedroom, below podium flat has been fully refurbished throughout, creating a wonderful contemporary living space in the heart of the Barbican. It benefits from real wood floors and a new Thomson Brothers kitchen and bathroom and has just been redecorated.Leasehold
On entering the property, you walk into the bright, south facing, reception room. As well as being spacious and light, it has a recessed area which will accommodate a desk to make a separate study space.
The kitchen has been sympathetically replaced, comprising Miele microwave, oven and induction hob with extractor fan, as well as integrated full size Siemens dishwasher, washer/dryer and fridge/freezer. It has slate floor tiles and an original recessed wired glass door to close off the kitchen if desired.
There is a separate WC with original, iconic, hand basin and new WC and granite floor tiles.
The white bathroom suite has a full size bath, fixed and hand-held shower heads, mirror-fronted fitted cabinets above the double hand basins with inset lighting, a Corian worktop, fitted storage below the wash basins, as well as a heated towel rail. The bathroom also benefits from a large, floor-to-ceiling mirror-fronted storage cupboard for towels and toiletries.
The inner hall cupboard houses the water tank with a new thermostat and heating element and has additional storage.
The larger than average bedroom has a large, south-facing window and fitted wardrobes, which retain the original classic bi-fold metal doors but have been newly fitted out inside to maximise hanging and storage space. There is also a large, walk-in wardrobe which has also been newly fitted out, adding yet more storage and hanging space.
This flat benefits from sharing a lobby with just one other flat and, unusually for a Barbican flat, has no neighbours above, below or to one side of the flat and can be accessed from several entrances. Access to the residents-only Barbican gardens is just a few steps away. The flat also benefits from two large integral window boxes outside the reception and bedroom windows.
I have loved living in this flat and will be sad to say goodbye to it. I’ve lived here for over 10 years and for me it’s been the perfect central London home.
If you’re new to the Barbican, then it is a hidden gem. It contradicts everything you’d expect from living in the centre of a capital city. It’s calm and tranquil with lots of open green spaces. There is an extraordinary sense of community and everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I often think it’s more like living in a village than the centre of a city. Everyone looks out for one another and I’ve made some really close friends here over the years. Feeling safe is important to me and despite being in the centre of London, crime in the Barbican is famously low. In fact, in the entire time I’ve lived here, I’ve never experienced any crime. And you have the bonus of a world-class arts centre with concerts, theatre, dance, art exhibitions, cinemas and a library on your doorstep. It’s a magical place and I think it’s telling that once they have lived here, so many residents can’t imagine living anywhere else and when they move, look to stay on the estate myself included.
As I often work from home I really appreciate how peaceful the flat is. It’s also very handy having a study area. The flat is lucky to be south facing so it’s incredibly light and bright and faces into the Barbican. I’ve spent many happy mornings sitting drinking my coffee and looking out through the lounge window. You get to experience the full drama of the architecture with all it’s interesting angles and sight-lines. You can see over to the tops of the trees in Thomas More garden, which is just to the left of the flat, and squirrels often play directly outside the flat. At night, the resident fox will wonder past on her night-time jaunt. Although I don’t really have green fingers, I’ve loved tending the window boxes and one year I even won an award for them (with help from a kindly neighbour who watered them when I forgot).
I’ve spent a lot of time and effort updating the flat, sympathetically renovating it and restoring it while ensuring it retains the original Barbican aesthetic. Everyone knows that in central London space is at a premium yet the rooms are unusually large for a one bedroom flat and there’s an incredible amount of storage, including a walk-in wardrobe.
Despite the flat being so quiet just a few moments and you are out in the hustle and bustle of the city. I think it’s perfectly located under 30 seconds walk to the tube, moments from the Barbican centre and a few minutes to Waitrose and Whitecross street. Shoreditch, Hoxton, Farringdon and St Pauls are all within easy walking distance. On a nice evening I’ll often walk home from a night out in the West End. Everything feels so near and easily accessible from the flat.
I hope that you will be as happy here as I have been.
Refurbished kitchen and bathroom
Good amount of storage
Wooden floors throughout