Mr Clarke thinks :
From the moment you see the wild meadow plants, this home is a feast for the senses.
This beautifully conceived four bedroom townhouse was originally designed by Norman Starett in the 1960’s, with the original mid-century features now stunningly restored and enhanced by the furniture maker owner and his family. Blessed with lots of space to entertain, live and work, the property sits quietly but well connected within the Hyndewood Estate in Forest Hill.
The cleverly designed layout is split across several half levels, creating a set of multi-faceted living spaces perfect for modern family life. Each space feels private and yet connected, ideal for home working and giving a busy household their own space.
The interior is bathed in natural light, showcasing the original design features including the parquet flooring and open tread stairs. The original features are complemented by carefully considered modern design including handmade birch ply joinery and a bespoke kitchen with clever cantilevered Marc Newson cooker.
The kitchen really is one of a kind. Handmade by the owner in 2019, the sleek design focuses on a seamless run of drawers, designed not only for storage, but also skilfully incorporating an integrated Fischer and Paykel drawer dishwasher and drawer fridge.
Leading off the kitchen is the conservatory, which doubles as a utility space with built-in washing machine and a second fridge, perfect for a busy family.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The mid-century design and the bespoke joinery.
Climb the stairs to the bright landing and you will find a large living space with generous ceiling height and a view over the trees; particularly stunning in the morning as the sunlight pours in through the large windows.
The master bedroom offers plenty of space with original built-in storage and a secluded position overlooking the garden. Two more bedrooms can be found at the top of the house and offer the flexibility to be used as bedrooms or home offices (the smaller of the rooms features a bespoke sleeping platform which converts into a desk).
Here at the top of the house you will also find the stylish family bathroom which, in keeping with the rest of the house, has a mid-century feel complemented by bespoke joinery.
An integral garage was recently converted to use as a 4th bedroom or home office and the shower room across the hall means the area can be utilised as an independent living space for guests, parents or older children. We love how the owners matched the original parquet and the thoughtful design with plenty of plug sockets in the desk/window area to allow for home working in a calm and peaceful environment.
At the front of the house the wild meadow planting creates a natural and calming first impression, whilst there is also the added benefit of off-street parking for two cars.
The mature, thoughtfully designed back garden is exceptionally tranquil; incorporating tree ferns, a stunning Japanese Acer, fire plate, contemporary fencing and decking and finished with dark grey bedding boxes, the lush greenery is really brought to life. A large shed completes the garden with plug sockets for your tools and plenty of space to store all your bikes, direct from being wheeled through the handy back gate.
This home has it all - character, classic design, bespoke joinery and a real sense of space, light and community.
- Design Features : 1960's design classic house with birch-faced-ply joinery.
- Home Stories : The current homeowners have worked from home, created pockets of arts & craft surfaces, and ensured an inspiring atmosphere throughout. Everyone can be at home, without encroaching on the main family living space.
- Three words : Mid. Century. Beauty.
Our favourite part
The high quality craftsmanship throughout the effortlessly cool interiors.
Local Life in Forest Hill
Forest Hill has had something of a renaissance in recent years, since South East London has opened up and the Overground adding easy access to this once hidden gem. It is popular with young families who enjoy the ease of travel to most of London, the thriving high streets with independent shops, restaurants and alike, good schools, greenery and an edginess reminiscent of East London a decade ago. There are constant community-led events and this friendly atmosphere rings out when you’re strolling through this lovely area.
The housing stock is remarkably mixed and architecturally interesting, with many quality new developments appearing in recent years.
Head to Canvas & Cream to organise your weekend. The Horniman Museum is a pull for people with young children across London, but being here on Forest Hill’s doorstep adds to the family vibe. Dulwich, Peckham and Camberwell are all within easy striking distance.
Transport links are exceptionally good; Forest Hill Station runs London Overground services to Highbury & Islington via Shoreditch High Street and Canada Water (for connections to the Jubilee Line). Southern Trains runs direct services to London Bridge with a journey time of around 20 minutes. Perrymount & Rose House are great local schools which are nearby too.
Epic views across central London
- Stores: Explore Lordship Lane and Catford Mews for some local treasures.
- Pubs: The Sylvan Post is a local fave. The Dartmouth Arms for something fancy.
- Walks: Walk through Sydenham Woods to the Woodhouse pub.
- Living Spaces: Large light filled space on the first floor (5.23m x 4.94m).
- Kitchen Details: Handmade by current owner with plenty of cupboard space, separate oven and gas hob. High quality, easy to clean and durable.
- Bedrooms: 4 spacious bedrooms -all flexible to be used as offices or studios.
- Outdoor Spaces: Front garden, driveway, rear mature garden.
- Roof: New in 2015.
- Council Tax Band: D.
- Local Authority: Lewisham.
- Tenure: Freehold.