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Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

 
Flood Street in Chelsea, which runs south from Kings Road to Royal Hospital Road and the river, became famous as the home of Margaret Thatcher, who celebrated the result of the 1979 general election there. The neighbourhood has strong links with Chelsea’s bohemian past: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the leading pre-Raphaelite, lived, worked and kept a zoo in nearby Cheyne Walk. In 1903 the painter Augustus John opened an art school in one of the late-19th-century red-brick mansion blocks that line Flood Street — which is named for a local landowner, rather than after historic incidents of inundation.


The newly renovated flat could appeal to an affluent, sociable singleton

                                                                            The newly renovated flat could appeal to an affluent, sociable singleton

                       In keeping with this artistic atmosphere, the top floors of the other blocks in the area seem to have been designed as studios, and this appears to be the case in a penthouse for sale on St Loo Avenue, just off Flood Street. The vaulted ceiling of the sitting room is 18ft high at its apex; it’s a 25ft-long space in which you would feel obliged to throw a party at Christmas, or any other time of year. You could observe the festivities from the mezzanine level, or retreat to the study, or on to the terrace.

The vaulted ceiling of the sitting room is 18ft high at its apex

                                                                                      The vaulted ceiling of the sitting room is 18ft high at its apex

               Jamie Hope of Maskells, the estate agency handling the property, believes that the newly renovated flat — which has an asking price of £3.85 million — could appeal to an affluent, sociable singleton, but also thinks that a family or a couple who are downsizing would be drawn to the address and the muted elegance of the interior.

St Loo Avenue takes its name from Lady St Loo (or Loe), better known as Bess of Hardwick

                                                              St Loo Avenue takes its name from Lady St Loo (or Loe), better known as Bess of Hardwick

         There are three bedrooms, including a master suite, and ample storage — a feature not commonly found in 21st-century schemes close to the river. This is thanks to the developer having invested in plenty of bespoke joinery. Large shelves on either side of the fireplace in the sitting room allow for the display of the pots and statuary that the buyer of the apartment will doubtless possess.

Large shelves on either side of the fireplace in the sitting room allow for the display of pots and statuary

                                               Large shelves on either side of the fireplace in the sitting room allow for the display of pots and statuary

                                             St Loo Avenue may be an address that causes some to snigger, but this roadtootakes its name from a previous resident: Lady St Loo (or Loe), better known as Bess of Hardwick, the Elizabethan woman of property and a power player, whose London mansion stood not far away.

 


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