Considered to be one of the UK`s most architecturally unique residential properties, Rokstone is honoured to have been instructed on the sale of the converted St Jude`s Church in the heart of West London – but a stone`s throw from the luxury property market at the core of the capital.
In an era where space has rapidly become the most precious commodity, St Jude`s House is 6,187 sq ft and tucked away on a quiet residential street in Kensal Green, close to King Edward VII park and the blue space of the Grand Union Canal and tow path.
There is no through traffic on the leafy road, lined with period homes leading up to St Jude`s House. Turning onto Kenmont Gardens suddenly transports you to a quiet enclave in the middle of bustling West London and the property is perfectly located for security and seclusion. Upon closing the front door of St Jude`s House occupants will find themselves in a haven of light, space and tranquillity.
However, it is also right on the doorstep of the amenities of Kensal Rise. This epic home is a few minutes` walk from Kensal Green tube station and a mile from Chamberlayne Road, which has a `fine selection of independent cafes, delis, pubs and shops. Even more tempting is the proximity to central London. It is a 10-minute drive to Notting Hill and 15-minute journey to Marylebone.
The current owners have thoroughly enjoyed the access to the life, culture and the amenities of London but always with the knowledge they can retreat into the calm and serenity of St Jude`s.
The 19th century Gothic church underwent a respectful yet transformative restoration and conversion programme lasting 18 months and resulting in a four-bedroom home with vast voluminous spaces and soaring ceiling heights. The main living areas sit within the vast central hall, framed by a series of equilateral ecclesiastical arches and illuminated by stain glass windows, it opens out onto a central courtyard garden which provides additional breathing space.
An elegant Italian-tiled floor leads from the grand entrance hall of inspiring proportions to a guest cloakroom before flowing into the bespoke bronze spiral staircase which curls up to a galleried study in the rafters. This ultimate working-from-home space takes in the architectural wonder of the roof and structure of the former church and overlooks the extensive living area below. The perfect environment to nurture creativity and productivity.
Although open plan to maximise natural light, the living area is zoned in a natural and clever way to provide both flexibility and purpose. The large-scale kitchen made by Rupert Bevan uses the most cutting-edge and fashionable materials, in a classic way and in keeping with the building`s heritage. It has polished concrete tops and zinc-clad cabinetry and is made for entertaining – formal or informal. There is a secondary kitchen too with a pantry.
This rarified living space is further enhanced by solid oak parquet flooring, working marble fireplaces with herringbone brickwork and a sociable dining area at one end.
The master bedroom sits on the top floor, with a vaulted ceiling and is flooded with natural light. There are two dressing rooms and an incredible en-suite with shower and free-standing bath with views from a collection of three arched glass windows. The bronze staircase, beneath another stained-glass window, leads to two more family bedrooms, on the first floor, with large en-suite bathrooms, and a guest bedroom on the ground floor, also with an en suite bathroom.
In addition, there is a versatile, multi-purpose room which is currently designed as a gym but could form a second home study, mindfulness studio or another bedroom.
The vision was immaculately curated by the high-end interior designer Harriet Holgate who has sympathetically coupled heritage Victorian architecture with modern technology.
The property will greatly appreciate in value in line with the wave of regeneration that is sweeping across the West London corridor, although St Jude`s House is a safe distance from any physical transformation that is underway.
To the south is Wood Lane and the revitalised White City. The recent renovation of the BBC Television Centre has triggered the explosion of independent restaurants and bars and the arrival of the new Soho House members` club.
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.
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