A rarely available grade II star listed ground floor two bedroom apartment with authentic features in this prestigious shared freehold development.
The Apartment faces directly down the Close towards the open spaces of picturesque Ham Common with its traditional village Pond and cricket pitch.
The starred category on its Grade II listing applies to 'particularly important buildings of more than special interes' and effectively places this property in the top 8% of all those listed by English Heritage. Awareness of this iconic development has grown among the general public since one of its architects, Sir James Stirling, is now commemorated annually in the Stirling Prize for Architecture.
Built in the 1950s in the former grounds of a Queen Anne house facing the Common, the interesting layout has lounge, dining and kitchen areas surrounding a central chimney stack in mellow stock brick with mantel, corbel and squint.
The main bedroom has inbuilt wardrobe and storage recess and the bathroom has a free standing clawfoot bath.
The kitchen retains elements of the 1950s fittings.
Gas central heating system with a Worcester Greenstar condensing boiler and vertical radiators.
Offered with the advantages of vacant possession and no onward chain.
Communal entrance :
Double entrance doors into a communal hall with tiled floor, stock brick walls and upper gallery in Breton Brut style concrete. Door to exterior store cupboard and entrance door into …
entrance hall: Double doors to cupboard.
Lounge : Abt. 17'6 x 9'9 (5.33m x 2.98m)
Windows to front looking down the Close towards the Common, vertical radiator, tiled floor, chimney stack in vernacular stock brick with concrete mantel and corbel, squint through to kitchen area, and focal point electric fire with tiled hearth.
To each side of the stack are openings through to…
double aspect kitchen/dining area: Abt. 17'6 max x 7'9 (5.33m max x 2.36m)
1950s style fitted cupboards at base and eye level worktops, tile splashback, inset sink and wood drainer, inset hob with suspended hood and storage drawers over, space for washing machine, recess into stack with cupboards, inbuilt oven and space for fridge, door to storage cupboard and door to cupboard with Worcester Greenstar combi boiler, windows to front and to side aspects, tiled floor, cast iron radiator inset in stack, vertical radiator to dining area.
Bedroom 1: Abt. 13'9 x 9'9 (4.20m x 2.96m )
Window to rear aspect, double doors to inbuilt wardrobe cupboard, opening to storage recess, vertical radiator, tiled floor.
Bedroom 2: Abt. 14'9; x 9'6 (4.26m x 2.90m )
Window to rear aspect and narrow window to side, vertical radiator, tiled floor.
White suite comprising wash hand basin with mirror backdrop, W.C. And free standing clawfoot bath with shower unit and shower rail over, and wall mirror backdrop, white tiled walls, heated towel rail, window to side.
Communal gardens to front and rear. About 100m from the entrance to the block, Langham House Close leads directly onto the open spaces of Ham Common.
Langham House Close was designed in 1955 and built 1957/58 by James Stirling & James Gowan, It is often referred to in architectural literature as their “Ham Common Flats”. It is considered to be influenced by Le Corbusier’s Maison Jaoul but also includes vernacular touches and ironic features like the concrete 'gargoyles’. Unlike many significant modernist projects, it was a privately funded development and not social housing. This was Stirling's first major work and led to him designing the Engineering Building at Leicester University in 1963 which established his reputation. His other later works include the History Library at Cambridge, the Performing Arts Centre at Cornell University, the Clore Gallery at Tate Britain, the Braun Factory in Melsungen, the Sackler Museum at Harvard and the Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart.
Lease of 999 years from 1958 with the freehold held in common by the residents.
£185 pcm to cover building insurance, cleaning of windows and communal areas, care and up keep of gardens and all general outside maintenance.
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