A 1700s London townhouse is for sale – and the pictures are stunning

25 January 2019 | 0 Comments

If you love period details then this authentic Georgian property, which has changed little in over 250 years, could be yours for £2,850,000

Dating from circa 1750, this Grade II-listed four-bed family home may just be the oldest house in Islington.

It’s certainly one of its best preserved, right down to the fixtures and fittings that remain remarkably intact.

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1700s London townhouse for sale
These weathered kitchen units have stood the test of time

Original features include wooden cornicing in all but one of the main rooms, huge sash windows, an 18th-century picture surround and an unashamedly ostentatious marble rococo fireplace. These last two features can be found in the grand first-floor dining room (main photo), which wouldn’t look out of place in a period drama.

1700s London townhouse for saleThe sitting room features ornate cornicing and a grand feature fireplace

Indeed, very little evidence of the march of modernity can be found within the house’s walls, antique furniture looks right at home and framed portraits on the walls are like a family gallery. If Jane Austen herself were to pop by for tea, you would barely bat an eyelid.

1700s London townhouse for saleHistoric portraits adorn the walls of the dining room

Situated in a blind alley, known as Terretts Place, off Islington’s Upper Street, the house is deceptively large. Its humble one-bay façade belies what lies behind.

1700s London townhouse for saleThe home's unassuming exterior is clad in brick and dark wood

Inside, generous accommodation is spread across four floors, while to the rear a 55ft enclosed rear garden has two outbuildings, one of which is currently used as a piano room, no less.

1700s London townhouse for sale Bold red walls create a cosy and characterful nook

At the time the house was built, this part of north London was something of a country retreat for the wealthy residents of London, who came here to unwind in the many tea rooms, alehouses and pleasure gardens.

1700s London townhouse for saleFlashes of modern art complement the period furnishings

At one point, hundreds of similar houses would have been dotted around the parish of Islington.

1700s London townhouse on saleA carved wooden bed frame adds to the regal aesthetic

Today, the area has a somewhat bohemian and artsy vibe (though there is no shortage of wealthy residents), with a cool market along Camden Passage, plus lots of bars and chic independent shops on and around Upper Street, as well as cultural powerhouses such as Sadler’s Wells and the Almeida Theatre, neither of which were here when the house was built.

1700s London townhouse on saleA vaulted ceiling creates volume and space in this period bedroom

Islington is one of the most sought-after of London’s boroughs, with average asking prices in the region of £600,000 for one-bed properties, making the £2.85m asking price for this museum palace seem not too bad, in comparison.

1700s London townhouse for saleThe rear garden measures an impressive 55 ft

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