If this large, 3/4 bedroom duplex apartment in Sydenham was nothing but an empty shell, it would still be a pretty interesting place, but it isn’t; it’s so much more than that.
Actually, it’s the very definition of a unique property.
Over the past 17 years, Mark and Kate have transformed its interior into a captivating work of art. Scouring junk shops, jumble sales and even skips, they’ve amassed collections of almost every conceivable kind of domestic goods: from lockers to luggage, kitchen utensils to cabinets, nothing has escaped their critical, creative gaze. The result is an eclectic mix of periods and styles, unified by one simple rule: nothing in here is new. After all, if everything you’re ever going to need has already been made, why not?
The critical thing to highlight though is the size. It’s Victoriana on a grand scale, four bedrooms, across first and second floor with a private ground floor entrance. Theres also a private, hidden garden backing allotments. And a small point but one worthy of a mention - parking. The building sits an a treelined avenue with no parking restriction, something of a rare treat in London these days.
Crucially, this is no mere time capsule or homage to recycling, but a series of carefully curated rooms where everything works – and works together.
“It’s a bit like walking in to a three dimensional collage,” says Mark. “and people seem to love it. When we’ve opened the place up to visitors during Dulwich Festival, they stay for hours.”
There’s no doubt that such an idiosyncratic home isn’t to everyone’s taste, but for the visually aware and curious it’s a feast for the eyes. Even the garden shed has been transformed into a space that part workshop, part showroom.
As estate agents love to say, viewing is essential. For once, they’re absolutely right.
Longton Avenue, SE26