Available to purchase for the first time in 16 years, this one-off space at 2,964 sqft / 275.33 sqm is the largest and most unique home in the world recognisable Barbican Estate. Formerly the Corporation of London’s Estate Office, the current owner’s, architects Ken Mackay (Mackay + Partners ltd) & Tracey Wiles (Woods Baggot Principal Australia) bought in 2003, designed and extensively remodelled the house into what is today’s masterpiece.
Accessed directly from street level into the highly discrete and private 1,750 sqft / 162 sqm courtyard the house is entirely self-contained with an internal layout that is meticulous, methodical and entirely practical having been designed for inner-city family living. Entering through the large double steel doors into the main living space the sheer sense of space and drama is immediately apparent by the double-height ceilings, exposed concrete and dark wood floors. The living space also features bookmarked, twin libraries plus to one side a ‘white leather pad’ which doubles up as a relaxed home cinema area. The large, 10m long kitchen is located to the rear and is fitted out with a single piece Corian worktop, flush cooking hobs and numerous integrated Gaggenau appliances. The two well sized, double bedrooms complete with built-in storage are located on the wings. Two single bedrooms line the southern corridor. The master bedroom complete with walk through wardrobe and bespoke twin sink en-suite is on the upper mezzanine floor. Storerooms are provided at all levels, with a large rented basement store which is unique within the Barbican. Long leasehold The lease commenced 1 July 1981 for 125 with £10 ground rent, just under 87 years remaining. Extendable by a further 90 years (177-year lease for £45,000.00).
Situated at the lower end of Aldersgate Street the house benefits from an extremely central and convenient location being just moments from London Wall, the Barbican Tube line and a remarkably short 9-minute walk from St Pauls Cathedral. In an area once devastated by bombings in World War II the Barbican Estate was Grade II listed in 2001 and a prominent example of 1960’s British brutalist architecture designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. The surrounding area is also packed with activity with cross rail coming to West Smithfield / Farringdon and the forthcoming redevelopment of Smithfield market to the West and the plethora of restaurants, bars and attractions of Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and The City to the East. The house can also include off-street car parking spaces to rent in the building via separate negotiation. Continued...
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