STING OF THE DAY
Location: Highgate, London
Price: £4.25 million (US$5.59 million)
Nestled among other historic homes in the heart of Highgate Village, this Queen Anne period property offers a large rear garden along with five bedrooms and three reception rooms spread across five floors.
Known as Lyndale House, the single-family red brick home was built circa 1637-1638 and formed a single residence with neighboring Ireton House in the 17 century, before being divided into two homes in 1730, according to Dexters, which has the listing.
The property is Grade II*-listed, “which means you cannot make any changes to the house without permission from English Heritage,” said Jon Hughes, director at Dexters Estate Agent Group, Highgate Village office. Grade II* is just below the top Grade I ranking for properties of exceptional historic interest, he explained.
Known as Lyndale House, the single-family red brick home was built circa 1637-1638 and formed a single residence with neighboring Ireton House in the 17th century.
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“Its age and history are important,” he said. “It’s one of the older houses in Highgate Village.”
The house has an “exceptionally big garden,” more than 200 feet in length with a pergola walkway, Mr. Hughes said. “It’s virtually unheard of to have a garden of this size in this part of London.”
The interior of the home is “absolutely jam-packed with charm,” Mr. Hughes said. “It’s an absolute period delight.”
Historic architectural details include an ornate drawing room ceiling, window shutters, carefully preserved paneling, and original moldings and floorboards.
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The ground floor has a reception room and a sitting room, each with historic fireplaces, and access to a courtyard patio and a pergola that leads to the garden. Below that is the lower ground floor, which holds the kitchen and dining room as well as a wine cellar.
The second floor features an elegant drawing room with large sash windows that face out to Waterlow Park. This floor also has a bedroom that looks over the garden and a marble-clad bathroom with a roll-top tub.
The third and fourth floors each hold two additional bedrooms. From the top floor, you have views out toward central London.
The current owners “have kept it deliberately in a style befitting its age,” Mr. Hughes said.
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They have spent “hundreds of thousands of pounds” maintaining and updating the house, he said. “It’s absolutely ready for the next owner to move in.”
Even though the house is in the heart of the village, “it’s a very discreet house,” on a separate little street that is set up above the main road, Mr. Hughes said. It is also set behind a large wrought-iron gate.
The 3,166-square-foot house has five bedrooms, two full bathrooms and two partial bathrooms.
Amenities include a wine cellar, multiple fireplaces, and a large garden with a pergola, a summerhouse and a children’s tree house.
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Lyndale House is in a “fantastic location,” Mr. Hughes said. “It’s right in the heart of the village, a moment’s walk to the shops.”
The 26-acre Waterlow Park is across from the house, he said. “It’s a smaller version of Regents Park, and it’s a delight.”
Agent: Jon Hughes, Dexters Estate Agent Group, Highgate Village office
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17th-Century Single-Family House in the Heart of London’s Highgate Village
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