Set within a low-rise, modernist block, this fantastic two-bedroom apartment is found on the top floor and comes with a private balcony which provides views of landscaped gardens. Stylish and well-proportioned, the home is located in leafy Barnes, well known for its village feel and riverside walks, with easy access to central London – the best of both worlds.
Castelnau, Barnes, 2 Bed. Flat
There is a wonderful flow to this apartment with a generosity of space and storage throughout; from the hallway that connects every room, to the balcony which is accessible from both the master bedroom and reception.
For us, the living spaces shine the most. By partially removing a wall between the kitchen and reception, coupled with large windows, light bounces around the room creating an open and spacious heart to the home. We especially love the dark, finger-parquet flooring, which has recently been reconditioned – a sign of the building's modernist roots.
As a real bonus, the flat also comes with its own garage at the back of the building – for a car or simply additional storage space. Super handy!
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: D.
Part of the borough of Richmond upon Thames, the property falls into Council Tax Band E (£2,086.26 for 2018/2019).
Formed of nine apartments, each with a share of the freehold. 109 years left on lease.
The block has a mix of owner-occupiers and tenants. A service charge is collected biannually and is approx £1,200 per annum. A management company looks after maintenance works, as and when needed.
The current owner has recently redecorated the apartment, fitting a new kitchen (partially opening up a wall, as mentioned) and decorating the bathroom, which is neutral, yet contemporary. Fresh carpet has been laid in the bedrooms and the parquet has all been refurbished to its former glory.
THE OWNERS SAY
Historically, this has always been a very friendly, community-orientated block; I lived here very happily for 9 years, and still have many friends in the area — I only moved because I wanted a change of scene (which I found in East London!).
The flat was in rather tired condition when I moved in, with some very dodgy 1970s decor, and it was a long labour of love to give it the new lease of life it so deserved. The block has a lovely mix of ages, from young families and singletons to some older, long-standing Barnes residents.
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to maintain accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these are intended as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection. Total floorplan measurements have been rounded for ease. Distances are also provided as an approximate.
Explore South West London
1 Wetland Centre
Considered the first urban project of its kind in the UK, this wetland centre is home to some remarkable bird and wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in London. It’s the ideal spot to take the kids where they can wear themselves out looking for otters, as well as for nature-lovers who will no doubt enjoy walking alongside the picturesque lakes and pools.
2 Spoonful Deli
Spoonful Deli is the local deli you’ve always hoped for. In a sweet and compact space, it offers tasty café food and coffee (think: fresh pastries, cakes and a Full English), along with a selection of good wines and seasonal produce to take home with you.
3 The Red Lion
We love a large beer garden, and even more so when there’s an open fire to keep us warm in the winter. We also love a pub that serves delicious grub in lovely Victorian surroundings, so The Red Lion in Barnes is definitely a winner. Nab yourself one of their cosy wooden huts, perfect for smaller groups catching up.
4 Olympic Studios
This handsome building has oodles of history – from its early days as a theatre, followed by a cinema, then as a famous recording studio – attracting iconic 60's bands from the Rolling Stones to the Beatles! After an extensive refurb, Olympic Studios opened its doors again in 2013, and ever since it’s a become a fantastic multi-use venue and members’ club. Go there to watch a film, eat at the Café & Dining Room, or simply settle down with a laptop to catch up on some life admin.
5 The Havelock Tavern
Human- and dog-friendly service, devoted regulars, an ever-changing menu of delicious pub fare and an excellent wine list: The Havelock has it all. Grab a table outside the pretty blue-tiled façade and watch the world amble quietly by.