This meticulously restored three-bedroom flat is situated on the second floor of Highpoint, perhaps the finest Modernist building in London. It has a favourable position at the rear, with stunning views over trees and gardens.
Designed by Berthold Lubetkin in the 1930s, Highpoint has been listed at Grade I by English Heritage in recognition of its extraordinary architectural quality. The building is very well maintained, and has a porter, lift access, glorious communal gardens, residents’ tennis courts and a heated outdoor swimming pool, as well as a fabulous entrance hall. There is off-street parking for residents on a first-come first-served basis.
The apartment has three double bedrooms, a wonderful 30ft reception room with access to a balcony, a newly fitted kitchen which is partly open-plan to the reception and a utility room. The interior has been refurbished to a design by Avanti, who are well known for their exemplary restorations of Modernist buildings. They have retained the original features where possible, including the door furniture and the original kitchen, which has been converted into a utility room. This is undoubtedly one of the finest and most well-preserved apartments in the building.
Highpoint is conveniently located within a short walk of both Highgate Village, with its shops, cafés and restaurants, and Highgate underground station (Northern Line). The open spaces of Hampstead Heath and Waterlow Park are also within close proximity.
Tenure: Leasehold with Share of Freehold
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Berthold Lubetkin is among the most important figures of the Modern Movement in Britain. Born in Georgia in 1901, he studied in Berlin and Paris, before moving to London in 1931. The following year he founded the famous Tecton practice with the Architectural Association graduates Anthony Chitty, Lindsay Drake, Michael Dugdale, Valentine Harding, Godfrey Samuel and Francis Skinner.
Lubetkin and Tecton’s buildings are among the most iconic of the period, and include the penguin pool at London Zoo (designed in conjunction with the engineer Ove Arup) and Finsbury Health Centre.
Highpoint consists of two blocks, both built in the 1930s. In his book Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain, Alan Powers wrote:
“Perhaps the single most celebrated Modernist building of the 1930s in London, and praised even by Le Corbusier, Highpoint I was commissioned by Sigmund Gestetner, an industrialist with a strong interest in the social role of Modernism. The footprint developed as a Cross of Lorraine, with equal arms, each containing a single flat, reached from two stair and lift cores at the intersections. The building is entered beneath the projecting end of the long axis, and the ground-floor plan bends and flows in contrast to the more rigid geometry overhead, leading to the stairs and through to the gardens beyond.
“The construction in monolithic reinforced concrete was a collaboration with Ove Arup and was facilitated by lifting the shuttering by stages to form the walls. The details of servicing and fittings were meticulously thought through, producing some novel alternative solutions.”