This exceptional former perfume warehouse can be found on Doyce Street, overlooking Mint Street Park, a short walk from Borough Market, London Bridge and Tate Modern. Arranged over four expansive floors, with a private roof-terrace garden, the house has been brilliantly repurposed and renovated by its current owners, while retaining much of its Victorian charm. It extends to over 4,700 sq ft internally and is designated live/work with accommodation on the upper levels.
The south-facing front façade is a handsome blend of painted render and balanced fenestration, with elegant Crittal windows spread across each of the three above-ground storeys. On the left side of the frontage are a series of loading-bay windows which have been updated with sapele hardwood. On the ground level are four floor-to-ceiling arches consisting of two central windows and two hardwood doorways either side.
The primary entrance is on the left, stepping up to a hallway with cloak storage. The raised-ground floor is kept as a huge open-plan studio, interrupted only by support columns for the enormous ship beams that span all but the former roof space. Light pours in from the high south-facing windows, and at the rear, there is an office space lit by a series of rooflights, and a separate kitchenette.
Windows throughout have been replaced, in a complimentary aesthetic, with double-glazed Crittal, and original timber flooring has been retained on the three upper storeys.
Ahead of the hallway, the original steel staircase ascends to the residential levels. The first floor is also predominantly open, with kitchen, living room and dining area as one. Behind the kitchen, the room flows from a bedroom, separable by sliding pocket doors, to shower room, utility room, and on the opposite side, a further bedroom currently used as a snug.
The top floor is arranged as a sweeping master suite with a high vaulted cathedral ceiling, exposed trusses, and Crittal doors to a roof terrace. A mezzanine area provides storage and the option of access to the roof through a large skylight. Beneath it is a dressing area and open bathroom finished in Tadelakt.
The lower-ground floor continues along the same versatile lines as the rest of the building, with good ceiling height and an open layout. It is currently used as a studio and workshop and is accessed from the ground level via staircases at the front and side of the house.
Doyce Street is situated in the heart of Borough, where Charles Dickens lodged while his father was incarcerated at the nearby Marshalsea debtors’ prison. Many of the streets in the immediate area subsequently took their names from his novels’ characters; Copperfield, Quilp, Trundle and Weller, to name a few, and Doyce, after Daniel Doyce, the hardworking inventor in Little Dorrit.
It has become an area synonymous with an ever-growing international food culture and an array of excellent restaurants and pubs. The brilliant food and drink markets of Mercato Metropolitano and Flat Iron Square are both within minutes’ walk. Borough Market is a short walk to the north, and the bars, pubs and restaurants of Bermondsey Street are also nearby to the west. Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, White Cube, and all that South Bank has to offer are all within easy reach.
The house is located just four minutes from Borough station (Northern Line) and a short walk to London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee and National Rail) and Southwark (Jubilee). The City can be reached by foot in under twenty minutes.
|Property Type||%||Avg. current value||Avg. # beds||Avg. # bathrooms|
|End terrace house||0.3%||£966,238||2.5||1|
|Block of flats||0.1%||£743,750||0||0|
|Property Type||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds||4 Beds||5 Beds|
|Houses||£489,923 (13)||£1,030,660 (15)||£1,479,745 (20)||£1,152,211 (9)||£2,947,500 (2)|
|Flats||£675,357 (408)||£1,251,621 (629)||£2,549,044 (215)||£4,330,000 (15)||£616,333 (3)|
|All||£669,631 (421)||£1,246,474 (644)||£2,458,040 (235)||£3,138,329 (24)||£1,548,800 (5)|