A unique freehold opportunity to purchase one of the last privately owned houses on this historic garden square, situated in the heart of Shoreditch.
Set over five floors with two terraces, and arranged over 3700 sq ft, this former print house was originally built c. 1850. A rich history ebbs through the building with a raft of stunning original features and exceptional design details, neatly fused together by its current owners to make it one of the most remarkable and atmospheric houses in London.
Set behind a private gated entrance, externally it is unassuming but gives its warehouse roots away with its mellow nineteenth-century brickwork and protruding wooden platforms and winch, historically used for the delivery of heavy goods to the property. There is little indication however, of the extent and standard of the renovations within.
On entering the property, you arrive in the lobby, separated by a stained-glass wall. This leads to a reception room with a view through the full depth of the house and into the kitchen. The ground floor benefits from soaring 10ft high ceilings with exposed beams and most of the floorboards and joinery, including the windows and shutters, are original features.
The main reception room is beautifully designed and arranged as a lounge, with a log burner as the focal point. Leading off this room to the rear of the property is the kitchen, separated by floor to ceiling, framed, stained glass which contains a set of double doors allowing the two rooms to become one when required.
The large farmhouse style kitchen is bright and airy thanks to the skylights running along the entire east side of the room. Featuring a painted concrete floor and exposed beams in the ceiling, a run of industrial pendant lighting completes the look. The triple sized island and six oven AGA with gas range and ample extraction, ensure that not only is it arresting in design but a practical space for culinary wizardry too.
Downstairs, the converted basement is accessed through a concealed door in the reception room opening into a beautifully panelled stair well and staircase. It?s a fantastical experience entering this hidden area of the property, working your way down to the basement where you will find a utility room, a wonderfully tiled WC, a further reception room / office, store room, cinema room and a steam room.
The cinema room itself is finished to the highest of standards and seats 7 people in opulent comfort. The exposed brick chimney breast adds texture to the room, where every conceivable detail has been considered, while the specification includes the latest visual, lighting and sound technologies.
Upstairs, the first floor is accessed by one of the many beautiful original staircases in the building and leads into the spectacular library. From every aspect, this room looks and feels truly special. Floor to ceiling book shelves line the walls and notable features include exposed wooden beams, fireplace and a built in tropical fish tank. The rear of this floor houses a magnificent guest bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The free-standing bath is in the bedroom, behind which a two-sided mirror partially masks the hidden bathroom which features an exposed brick wall, mosaic floor tiles, cast iron sink base, Victorian pan, quad rain shower and brass fittings.
The second floor differs from the previous with the staircase taking you to a grand panelled landing which leads to the master suite. The master has been divided into three areas - bedroom, dressing room and bathroom. The bedroom has a painted feature brick wall full of texture and interest and at one end a deep stainless steel tub overlooks the first of two roof terraces. Double doors open on to the 300sqft decked terrace which and has a southerly aspect and bamboo planting to provide privacy. The fabulous dressing room links the bedroom and bathroom with its built in wardrobes, floor to ceiling shoe rack, deep pile carpets and subtle lighting. The L-shaped bathroom is separated by a glass door and has beautiful harlequin floor tiles, side by side rain shower, double sink and Catchpole and Rye fixtures and fittings.
The third floor is a recent addition to the property, added in 2012, and perfectly blends modern building materials and techniques to create a space which complements the original warehouse below. Double glazed floor to ceiling Crittall windows to the rear of the property allow for stunning views over the city and the snug or whiskey room is set up to admire these views. The room itself is peaceful, and features a log burning stove, back-lit wet bar, feature wall and plenty of innovative storage. It is an ideal space to read, contemplate or entertain. The other room on this floor is an open studio space, which the current owner uses as a creative area in the property. It is the lightest of rooms and leads out onto a balcony which overlooks Hoxton Square.
The second roof terrace is accessed from the studio via stairs up through a hydraulic glazed roof panel. This roof terrace has 360-degree views, and the City view to the south in particular, is stunning. The terrace is perfectly set up for entertaining with the main seating area set around a fire pit.
Hoxton Square is well known for its distinctive history, in the 1990s it was a hotbed of innovation in the arts and design world. Synonymous with the Britart culture, it became popular with a group of aspiring innovators, with names such as Damian Hirst, Gilles Peterson and James Lavelle all associated with its history. Over the last two decades it has changed significantly, as most of the buildings have been bought up and refurbished or redeveloped, only increasing its cache as the best address in Shoreditch.
Sitting in the middle of Shoreditch, part of the South Shoreditch Conservation Area and ?The Hoxton Square Character Zone? it is exceptionally well placed for the enjoyment of London's most vibrant and booming creative hubs. There are a wealth of bars, restaurants and boutique retailers in the surrounding locale. The area is also bordered by The City, Spitalfields and Clerkenwell with Bloomsbury and Covent Garden only a short distance away.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a freehold building on Hoxton?s best garden square. The quality of finish and individuality of its design make it a property that appeals to both the head and the heart.