An utterly breathtaking Highgate home that was built to provide a beautiful oasis in the middle of London has gone on sale for £9.95 million.
While the outside is relatively unassuming, it opens up into a restorative retreat sunken into the hillside, set back from private Fitzroy Park, arguably Highgate’s finest road.
Designed by architects Stanton Williams, the 6,200 sq ft home offers a rare position overlooking woodland on the edge of Hampstead Heath.
Traversing a sloping rockery above an artificial stream, a footbridge leads to the main entrance, opening to a galleried reception that looks across the internal expanse. Ahead lies a corridor which leads to the rear terrace and pool area.
The corridor acts as a gallery, open to a 6.4m void on its left, and a series of flush-fitting hinged panels on the right concealing a cinema room and two bedrooms, both en suite and with access to the pool terrace.
An open-tread staircase descends to the vast, free-flowing ground floor. Through the living and dining areas this remains open in plan with the kitchen situated at a diagonal beneath the upper terrace.
The kitchen is by Boffi, as are the enormous internal sliding glass doors that offer, when needed, separation from the utility area and dining space.
The reception boasts a stunning at-home work space and a piano, elegantly blending recreation and office life.
A continuous theme throughout the house is interaction with the outside. On this level, wonderfully slim-sectioned floor-to-ceiling glazing by Vitrocsa minimises the boundary between the inside and out, and provides points of exit to the limestone terrace that wraps the lower level.
The garden is beautifully arranged, retaining mature trees where possible and encased in cedar fencing on two sides.
On the upper level, there are four bedrooms each with en-suite shower room and their own recessed iroko-clad balconies. At the mid-point is a family bathroom and adjacent to it is a walk-in wardrobe which looks out over a green, sedum roof.
Bathrooms are the epitome of pared-back luxury; wood-clad spa retreats providing a zen place for a seriously relaxing soak.
Despite its palatial dimensions, the house was designed by the architects to be energy efficient and easy to run. Natural ventilation through upper-level clerestory windows mitigates any risk of the house overheating in summer months, while the swathes of south-facing glazing maximise solar gain in cooler periods.
The home is on the market with The Modern House for £9,950,000.