Rowley Way



fig 18 AR Site Plan

About a year and a half ago I viewed a 1 bed flat in RowleyWay in South Hampstead, the celebrated brutalist take on the terraced house typology designed by council architect Neave Brown in 1968, completed in 1978. The flat was a complete tip but with an exceptionally attractive price tag of £175,000.



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Whatever about the history of the place and the effort that would be required to make it liveable again; I’ve always loved the Alexandra Road Estate (of which Rowley Way is a part) and was very excited about the opportunity. Unfortunately despite the low price tag I wasn’t in a position to buy back then and so I had to pass up the opportunity.

Flash forward 18 months to present, and I’ve come across another flat for sale in the same street. This time, the flat is top of the line, restored by someone obviously talented at interior design while retaining many of the original joinery and finishes. Really interesting to see how the old design holds up really well actually, the light and plan arrangement still as successful as ever.

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Guttingly, this affirms for me that buying that flat 18 months ago would have been a top choice, and when you know that this renovated flat is on sale for £285,000 (£110,000 more!) that it would have been an incredibly successful investment at the same time. Sheesh. They do come up from time to time though and often in bad nick as many are ex-local authority and just aren’t cared for, So I’ll continue to keep an eye out.


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