This is one of two newly built houses that can be found in a quiet, tucked away location behind the villas that line Streatham Common. Designed by architect Rafael Borrego and constructed to impressively high standards, they are a rare example of an architect-led, new-build development in London.
The design cuts a striking low profile in its secluded setting that combines elegant narrow brick slips and zinc cladding, hiding internal monochrome courtyards within. Each house comes with parking for a number of cars and private external space.
This particular house, the larger of the two, has five bedrooms, a large internal courtyard, a gym and sauna, and a private integral garage. Measuring around 4,317 sqft internally, accommodation is arranged over two levels, with four large bedrooms at ground level and expansive living space, a media room, study, and a gym / fifth bedroom on the floor below.
The house is entered from the shared gravel drive to a large landing with plenty of space for storage. The bedrooms are arranged in an l-shape, each with a view over the secluded internal courtyard. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the courtyard.
The lower ground level is accessed by a bespoke spiral staircase. The beautifully proportioned living space is largely open-plan, with an expansive reception / dining room that has large areas of glazing that face the sunken courtyard. The kitchen has a brass-topped breakfast bar, a pantry hidden within the line of the cupboards, and sliding doors to the courtyard. The limed-oak floors, heated underneath, create a warm contrast to the industrial facade.
The house was completed in 2018 to an immaculate standard, using an artful collection of high quality, innovative materials. The interiors are neutral, with light oak wooden floors throughout the main areas, neutral paintwork and simple, fine-profile windows, employed to create a bright, modern and versatile family home.
The house is located on the south side of Streatham Common. The shallow sloping lower (western) half of the common is mostly mowed grass, and the upper (eastern) half is mostly woodland with some small areas of gorse scrub and grassland. The eastern half has been designated a Local Nature Reserve. The Common had a long tradition of cricket playing from the 18th century, and the right to play cricket is enshrined in the Supplementary Act that brought the common into public ownership. The Common was home to the architect Thomas Ripley who built and lived at 10 Streatham Common South, now known as Ripley House, and Henry Tate, founder of the Tate Gallery and the Tate & Lyle sugar company lived at Park Hill.
Streatham Rail station is a short stroll across the Common, where Southern and Thameslink services go north to Luton and Bedford via Blackfriars, the City and Farringdon, and south to Wimbledon. Direct trains to London Bridge take around 24 minutes, whilst services to Blackfriars and Farringdon take around 21 minutes and 25 minutes respectively. Regular buses run along Streatham High Road to Brixton for connections to the Victoria Line.