Christmas crackers: nine converted homes for sale

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Paul Travers

From barge to school to factory to warehouse, these nine cracking converted homes for sale are not just full of their own individual character, but also offer a unique living experience.



A date with Dickens 

warehouse on mallow street ec1

As the author most synonymous with London, Charles Dickens featured the capital in all his works, not least the area around Shoreditch and the City where the narrow Victorian streets still wear their history on their sleeve.

Converted homes for sale - warehouse conversion in Shoreditch

Of course, it’s all very different when you step beyond the front doors, and the former workshops and warehouses are now home to some of the most authentic lofts you’ll find, like this 1,050 sq ft example with an almost entirely open-plan floor plate.

£875,000 – click here to discover Mallow Street


As white as snow

Converted homes for sale - live work warehouse conversion in Peckham

Peaceful purity pervades this hidden warehouse conversion that’s right at the centre of Peckham’s buzzing scene, but tucked out of sight beyond an iron gate in a red-brick Victorian arch.

This freehold live work building covers 2,000 sq ft over two floors, with a pair of creative studios on the lower level and a fantastic living space upstairs. On the top, a 600 sq ft flat roof with incredible potential for a glamorous terrace or even another floor.

£1,250,000 – click here to discover Peckham Rye


Soled as seen

Converted homes for sale - shoe factory conversion in Hackney

The rugged and rustic interior of this Hackney loft is hewn from a former shoe factory that flaunts its industrial heritage with pride through perfectly patchy brickwork, exposed concrete, and vast Victorian windows.

Covering 1,151 sq ft, this one bedroom duplex is a real architectural find with its unique collection of salvaged fittings. So if you want to feel the story of your surroundings, then hunker down within these walls.

£1,200,000 – click here to discover Tudor Road


Water wonderland

Converted homes for sale - warehouse conversion in Limehouse

There’s a real magic to living on the river, and this lavish 2,245 sq ft two-bedroom warehouse conversion faces directly onto Lime Kiln Dock, a historic tidal basin leading directly off the Thames at Limehouse.

As the water laps at the building below, enjoy your table for two in the loading bay of the wonderful living space where Victorian brickwork, timber beams and iron columns are paired with a sleek chef’s kitchen in white and steel along the back wall 

£1,695,000 – click here to discover Narrow Street


A lesson in lofts

Converted homes for sale - school conversion in Borough SE1

Warm yourself by an open fire amidst striking exposed brickwork and original floorboards at this double-height duplex school conversion in Borough, then turn up the heat in style with black coil radiators sitting on the floor.

Massive school windows fill the place with light from three sides, and with 1,680sq ft to play in, there’s plenty of space for grand gatherings on the lower level, or cosying up in the bedrooms upstairs.

£1,250,000 – click here to discover Tabard Centre


Cut from cloth

warehouse conversion at 2 queensbridge terrace

This fabric factory close to Columbia Road and Broadway Markets was converted into just four apartments with a refined edge that blends commercial and residential design for a soft industrial style.

Converted homes for sale - factory conversion in Shoreditch

At first glance, the eight-pane sash windows of this 920 sq ft one-bedroom interior suggest a late Georgian townhouse, but a closer look reveals large expanses of painted brick walls that bring a subtle texture and history.

£950,000 – click here to discover Queensbridge Road


Rooms for assembly

Converted homes for sale - school conversion in Hastings holmhurst st mary

Counting Joanna Lumley among its former students, this converted girls school on the ridge above Hastings includes the sixth form common room among its oversized spaces that are perfect for congregations of friends.

The amount of space inside is truly remarkable, with seven large rooms across two floors and 3,214 sq ft, making it the biggest of these nine converted homes for sale. Currently used as four bedrooms and three living areas, there’s plenty of flexibility to reconfigure, and a garden and garage to boot!

£925,000 – click here to discover Holmhurst St Mary


Raising a glass

Converted homes for sale - pub conversion in Faversham

Toast the season at this gorgeous converted pub in the seriously arty town of Faversham, where its location in the sleepy Kent countryside belies a packed cultural calendar all year round.

Teeming with character from its time as a tavern and totally transformed into a home with inspired contemporary interventions, the interior covers 2,216 sq ft including four bedrooms and three living rooms, plus a fabulous garden.

£550,000 – click here to discover The Mayor’s Arms


Santa cruise

Converted homes for sale - Dutch Barge at St Katharine Docks, Walking, Tower Bridge

Snuggle up in seafaring style at this converted 1920s Dutch barge, where wood-panelled walls and ceilings crank up the cosy atmosphere in a magical setting at St Katharine Docks by Tower Bridge.

With 1,321 sq ft inside and the same in decks on top, the accommodation centres around a 400 sq ft open-plan living space. Of the four sleeping cabins, three are located at the front of the vessel, while the private owner’s cabin sits alone at the back.

£425,000 – click here to discover Excelsior


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