A duplex apartment in a Victorian police station.
This amazing two storey apartment was created from prison cells in this former police station, so it’s pretty safe to assume that you’ll be living in a space that’s extremely well built.
The Met Apartments on the Blackheath/Lee borders in South East London is the setting for an intimate mews development of a small number of apartments clustered around a gated courtyard with residents parking.
This home is all about volume and space. Step through the private front door and, even from the entrance lobby, the double height reception room opens up in front of you and, once you’ve navigated the spiral staircase, you access the rest of the apartment.
At the same level as the living area sit two double bedrooms, both at the end of a small hallway, as is the stylish shower room which the current owner has refurbished with a nod to its penitentiary roots; near the top of the high wall is the original mullioned window, which more than adds to the look.
The family-sized kitchen diner – kitchen at one end of the room, comfortable dining area at the other – is plenty big enough for larger crowds if partying is your thing.
Whilst this home sits snugly away from the road, it’s certainly not far from everything that this side of London has to offer. For a start, Lee has its own little scene of a few interesting restaurants plus the advantage of having one of the largest local supermarkets on the doorstep.
For more entertaining and socialising, you’re just a few minutes’ walk away from Blackheath Village, full of fiercely independent eateries, bars, coffee shops and boutiques as well as one of the pioneers of micro brewing, Zero Degrees Bar.
As to travel, Lee and Blackheath stations are both within easy reach and there are plenty of bus routes just outside the main gate – so escaping is no problem at all.