This beautiful one-bedroom apartment is configured across the first floor of a Grade II-listed Regency villa in Little Venice. Period details sit harmoniously with contemporary additions, where soaring ceilings and large picture windows create a dramatic sense of height and scale. The home extends to approximately 583 sq ft of exceptionally well-designed living spaces. With commanding views over Warwick Avenue, the apartment is a stone’s throw from Regent’s Canal and close to the charming enclaves of Maida Vale and St John’s Wood; it also has access to a shared garden.
Setting the Scene
Warwick Avenue lies at the centre of coveted Little Venice, a small enclave of both Paddington and Maida Vale. Aptly named ‘Venice’ by Lord Byron, who gave the locale its moniker because of its meandering canals, café lifestyle and elegant architecture, the area had established its official name as ‘Little Venice’ by the latter half of the 20th century. The name was later formally applied to electoral wards by the City of Westminster. For more information, please see the History section below.
The Grand Tour
Entry to the handsome stucco building is via a set of double doors, crowned by a fanlight that allows daylight to flood into the raised ground floor hallway. A raddled oak handrail and black iron balustrade adorn the shared staircase leading up to the first-floor apartment. Its raised location offers a view of surrounding Little Venice and down Warwick Avenue.
Upon entry, a sense of refined elegance is immediately apparent. The apartment comes together in a marriage of material, scale and light, pairing its historic character with sensitive modern interventions; rooms are decoratively panelled, cornicing is deep and ornate, skirtings are high, and architraves are wide. Herringbone oak parquet runs underfoot, uniting the spaces and grounding the decorative detailing of the home.
The generous main living area contains a kitchen, dining room and living room, illuminated by light that floods in through a soaring circular floor-to-ceiling bay window; detailed panelling on the window provides an elegant frame to the room. The kitchen has marble worktops and simple white units, while a jib door conceals a cavernous storage space, home to a laundry area, wine store and abundant shelving.
The light, bright bedroom is finished with the same impressive panelling as the living space. A vast sash window with a low sill and pretty window boxes overlook the lovely communal gardens below. A spacious bathroom sits centrally; its dropped ceiling height cleverly allows for storage overhead. The room is finished with a neutral colour palette on the walls and tiles, while the mirror-fronted cupboards reflect light around the space.
The Great Outdoors
The apartment has access to a large shared garden (perfect for entertaining or a quiet morning coffee). It is perfectly situated in the heart of the Little Venice area of Maida Vale, a short walk from the meandering walks of Regent’s Canal and the green leafy spaces of Paddington Recreational Grounds.
Out and About
Maida Vale and Little Venice are thriving neighbourhoods awash with cafes, bars and restaurants. Grand Georgian architecture lines the streets; Warwick Avenue is an elegant boulevard right in the heart of the area. The apartment is moments from Formosa Street, a pretty thoroughfare that offers boutiques, cafes and bars. It is home to the excellent restaurant Paulette.
Regent’s Canal is a just short stroll away, a gateway to the rest of London and a lovely spot for a coffee at the Waterside Café, lunch on one of the many barge restaurants, such as Darcie & May Green, an alfresco drink at Pergola Paddington or dinner at The Summer House. Clifton Nursery and Cafe are centrally located while less than a mile away are Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Regent’s Park. Lord’s Cricket Ground is also within easy reach. Notting Hill lies just to the south-west and Marylebone to the south-east.
The apartment is moments away from Warwick Avenue Underground station (Bakerloo Line) and a 15 minute walk to Paddington Station Underground (Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines). Heathrow Airport can be reached within 15 minutes on the Heathrow Express, which runs regularly from Paddington.
Lease Length: approx. 177 years remaining
Service Charge: approx. £1,700 per annum
Ground Rent: N/A
Council Tax Band: E
Part of the larger Grand Union Canal, the Regent’s Canal is an 8.6 mile stretch of canal running from the Paddington to Limehouse Basin. East of the Thames, it was conceived as one of several major arteries throughout London, used to transport goods across the capital.
First proposed by Thomas Homer in 1802 as a link to the Grand Union Canal, the canal was part of a master plan for George IV, the Prince Regent, to redevelop north central London by noted architect and town planner John Nash.
Warwick Road (later Warwick Avenue) was originally formalised on a street plan of 1827 by George Gutch, surveyor to the Bishop of London. The road was named after Jane Warwick of Warwick Hall, who had previously married into the Thistlethwaite family and leased the surrounding land.
The first round of construction of large neo-Classical villas was erected in the 1840s, close to the Warwick Avenue Bridge. Over the next 20 years, the neighbourhood was expanded in the same style, with much of the original architecture surviving today.
At the junction between Warwick Avenue, Warrington Crescent and Clifton Gardens sits the Anglican Church of St Saviour. Consecrated in 1856, the church was designed by Michael Biscoe and built in 1973-76. St Saviours is a local landmark, contrasting the local Regency architecture with soaring angular lines of brick.
Warwick Avenue is also home to one of the remaining thirteen Grade II-listed Cabmen’s Shelters, a charming low-built building that London’s taxi drivers used as a pit stop for food and beverages.
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