Curious condominiums

With London property prices going stratospheric you have think outside the box (or 4 walls) if you want to own a property within the most expensive real estate in Europe.

Here in no particular order is some of the Capital’s most smallest and curious homes.

Dubbed Britain’s smallest home, recently sold for £275,000 after the estate agent’s advert went viral.

[T]he converted flower shop in Islington has just 188 sq. ft. of space. less than half the size of a train carriage, and is a fifth of the size of the average new build, is so compact that the front door opens underneath the bed which is on a mezzanine, a tiny bathroom and an open plan kitchen and living area.

Despite going on the market at £100,000 more than the average price of a family home in England there was no shortage of interest, with more than 220,000 people viewing the advert on property websites.

Chelsea-garage

Even this pales against the £550,000 garage which curiously doesn’t have access for a car. With lush rust detail and a delightful wonky roof, a garage on a plot of just 538 sq. ft. off the King’s Road was put on the market recently and snapped in advance of the auction.

With the advent of modern plumbing, water towers became less necessary and eventually became disused buildings. As featured in a Grand Designs programme for Channel 4

Water-Tower Leigh Osborne and his partner Graham Voce transformed an old water tower in Kennington into a nine-story modern home. Renovation work was extensive since the tower was a Grade II listed building. Each level within the tower itself has about one room and the cast-iron tank at the top was converted into an observation room with 360-degree views of the city. In another interesting feature, the tower boasts the apparently largest sliding glass doors in the United Kingdom, the owners were hoping to sell it for a few million pounds, the house that is, not the doors.

South-Kensington The Thin House (Number 5) at the junction of South Terrace and Thurloe Square has become something of a tourist attraction. Approached from the west the entire house appears to be only 7ft wide. This is something of an optical illusion as the house is actually triangular in shape and widens out a little. Even so it’s still only 34ft. across at its widest point. The reason for this unusual shape is the adjacent railway line. What isn’t certain is if the house was modified when the track was built or if it was constructed with a wedge shape from the start. Looking at it one way, it provides a great optical illusion, appearing almost two-dimensional.

Main picture: Zoopla.co.uk

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