Is there such a thing as a perfect flat – we don’t mean one that’s merely well decorated, but ideal in its very fundamentals?
This first-floor Bayswater apartment on the broad tree-lined avenue of Westbourne Terrace would surely be a leading contender.
Spread across 1,555 sq ft, including three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a utility room, it has an enormous footprint. The sense of volume is only exacerbated by the 3.8m-high ceilings and the large rectangular spaces – no awkward angles or L shapes here. The layout really could not be better: the bedrooms face east and the living areas west, meaning that sunlight pours into the right places at the right moments throughout the day, and none of those bedrooms are next to each other. What’s more, that huge reception room leads onto a stunning kitchen dining room, creating a chic contemporary feel and pleasing sense of flow.
All that alone would make any apartment compelling, but this one goes a step further: every single room has its own outside space. No matter how long you spend refurbishing a place, such qualities are either there or they’re not, and this property has them in spades.
It is of course, as you would expect, impeccably decorated too. The best period features have been preserved, such as the attractive cornicing in the reception, kitchen-diner and bedrooms but the interiors have been updated to feel stylish, warm and unostentatiously beautiful. All the work has been done to the highest quality and care: take the bespoke wall cabinets in the kitchen-diner that employ wood marquetry to create a chic, eye-catching feature. Or look at the carefully sourced light fittings which provide those large rooms with cohesion and a modern edge.