This charming example of an early Victorian home can be found on the picturesque Boundary Road, nestled between Swiss Cottage and St John’s Wood. It sits on the piano nobile of the terrace and is filled with natural light through floor-to-ceiling sash windows. Recently restored by the current owner, the apartment is a veritable celebration of original features (such as the aforementioned windows) combined with sensitive contemporary additions and a considered use of colour.
Setting the Scene
Built in the 1840s, the apartment has incredible proportions and a real sense of volume thanks to its high ceilings and large expanses of glazing. The current owner has gradually renovated the apartment using a refined palette of calm neutrals – as in the pink hue of the living room’s walls, in contrast to the white-painted, fantastic wood panelling window surrounds – while also updating major spaces such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Positioned in the St John’s Wood conservation area, Boundary Road is a quiet, tree-lined road, lined with independent shops with pastel-coloured fronts. The area is brilliantly located for the green open spaces of Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.
The Grand Tour
A communal staircase leads to the apartment’s front door, which opens into a generous hallway to reveal a spacious open-plan living room and kitchen. This space is illuminated by the ten foot floor-to-ceiling windows, in front of which the current owner has arranged a dining area, to take advantage of the natural light and the beautiful views.
A low room divider delineates the living room from the kitchen, also visually defined by its smart charcoal coloured cabinetry and wooden worktops. Recessed shelves provide the perfect place to store cookbooks, while additional cabinetry to one side provides extra storage space. Seagrass flooring runs underfoot throughout the apartment.
At the southern end of the flat lies the bedroom, where another large sash window frames wonderful verdant views over the backs of neighbouring gardens. This room is painted in a muted moss green and has fitted cupboards along one side, as well as a French curtain to provide privacy.
The bathroom radiates off the central hallway, home to a bath and luxurious rain shower, alongside further fitted cupboards and cork flooring. There is exquisite attention to detail throughout the flat, evident here in the old-fashioned taps fitted on each sink and the antique linen curtains which neatly hide the underside of the basin and worktops.
Out and About
Boundary Road is home to many independent shops, cafes and other local amenities, including café Fuel NW8, pasta restaurant Morso, Melissa Jane Pilates studio, plus a hairdresser, barber and a veterinarian – to name just a few. The apartment is also located near London’s famous Abbey Road, which has a further range of shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as those on St John’s Wood High Street and West End Lane.
The open spaces of Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park are within walking distance. Little Venice and its canal walks are also nearby, as well as its beautiful and iconic garden centre and café at Clifton Nurseries. The renowned Lords Cricket ground is a stone’s throw away.
The Underground is available at nearby Kilburn Park (Bakerloo Line) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line), and the Overground runs from Kilburn High Road with trains to Euston station.
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