Wander along a row of colourful, stucco-fronted townhouses that line Blenheim Crescent and you’ll stumble across this impressive Victorian artist studio with curved double-height windows and a red-brick facade. Carved into its upper levels, a three-bedroom apartment that thoughtfully repaints the potential of the building’s lofty proportions. Arranged over two floors, it’s the perfect backdrop for entertaining.
On the third floor: an open-plan kitchen that throws convention out of the window. Stainless steel surfaces and cappuccino-tinted floors are reflected in the mirrored ceiling – a clever play with the sense of dimensions. But cast your eyes ahead and you’ll see how it gives way to a double-height dining area that sits in the glow of natural light cast by the vast multipaned windows and string of skylights. Rifle through the morning papers beneath the grand pitch of the gabled roof. Or serve mains cooked in the streamlined kitchen, where polished cabinetry hides quality appliances.
Much of life plays out between the kitchen and the adjoining living room, where open doorways, an identical layout and similar immaculate finishes amplify the flow of space. Kick back and drink in the sun as you flick through a page-turner. There’s ample room for a home office setup too. At the back, pull back the sliding doors to reveal a cosy bedroom. Leave them open to gaze at the stars. Built-in storage and an en suite are subtle additions that keep daily life running smoothly.
Two bedrooms take over the vaulted fourth floor, connected externally by a decked balcony. Expect pared-back tones and sharp angles – a visual retreat from the high-gloss palette on the floor below. Both are served by modern en suites with walk-in showers.