Our lovely home dates from the 1920s and was refurbished throughout 3 years ago. It is beautifully furnished (furniture from B and B Italia, Skandium, Benchmark and Conran) and is much used as a location for magazine and tv shoots. Having said that it is a family home, and not sterile or a shrine to design - it is full of books, pictures and the personalities of everyone who lives here.
The interior is modern - it has a state of the art Bulthaup kitchen in a huge extension at the rear - though there are a few traditional features in the rooms at the front of the house. The master bedroom is enormous and very private (it takes up the top floor). There are 4 further bedrooms, a substantial study, and three bathrooms.
Downstairs the large kitchen comprises a dining area, living area with modular seating and a Scandinavian wood burning stove, and cooking area. There is a further living room with large comfy sofas, an open fire and a tv, a laundry room, cloakroom and entrance hall. The downstairs has wooden flooring throughout, the 1st and 2nd floors are carpeted. Everywhere the windows are big, letting in maximum light.
At the back there is a charming garden (the floor to ceiling windows in the kitchen open out onto it, providing a perfect summer dining area) that was designed by a gold medal winner at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. The trees are strung with little white lights which you can turn on on summer nights (though they also look lovely when it is snowy) and there is both wooden and wicker dining and lounging furniture, plus a Webber bbq.
The house is situated on a quiet street in the north of London in a 'village' area called Highgate. Until Victorian times Highgate was a distinct village outside London, now it is on a main underground line (the northern line) and it takes only 15 mins to get the very centre of London (and the tube is a 10 min walk from the house). There is an active conservation society that protects the character of the area and it has kept many green expanses including the eastern part of Hampstead Heath, three ancient woods and a park. It is, as its name suggests, situated in an elevated part of London and has spectacular views over the city.
The central part of the village is made up largely of Georgian buildings housing shops, pubs, restaurants and residential streets. Highgate is also famous for its atmospheric Victorian cemetery in which the communist philosopher Karl Marx is buried.
The best thing about the area is that you are glad, after a busy day in central London, to return home here, yet it is not remote suburbia. We generally go into central London to eat out and for cultural activities and think nothing of it (it isn't a 'big' trip out), though there are also places to enjoy right on the doorstep if you fancy a lazy day.
We have lovely neighbours who can help you out if you need advice (or encounter any problems) plus a fabulous gardener/'man who can do everything', and a wonderful cleaner who we've known for years.