Architect: Neave Brown
This two-bedroom ex-Local Authority duplex with large balcony is located on the iconic Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate in St John’s Wood. Built between 1972-1978 to a design by the revered Modernist architect Neave Brown, the development has been given a rare Grade II* listing by English Heritage in recognition of its architectural significance.
The apartment is arranged over the top two floors of the building, and entered on the fourth floor. The downstairs contains two bedrooms and a family bathroom, whilst upstairs is a fantastic open-plan reception / dining / kitchen area, looking south over Rowley Way towards the newly developed communal areas. Sliding doors open on to a large, south-facing balcony.
This flat has a particularly good position on the estate just off Abbey Road. It has been sensitively refurbished by the current owner – the best original features have been retained, including the timber staircase and the wonderful glazed timber-framed sliding doors.
With its striking stepped-concrete terraces, the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate (also known as Alexandra Road) is the most famous of the social housing schemes built during Camden’s “golden age” in the 1960s and 1970s.
Rowley Way is located near the amenities of London’s famous Abbey Road, with a further range of shops, cafés and restaurants on St John’s Wood High Street and West End Lane. The open spaces of Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park are also within walking distance. The Underground is available at nearby Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line), and the Overground at South Hampstead.
Please note that we are unaware of any lenders providing mortgages on this estate at the present time.
Lease length: approx. 110 years (125 years from 16th October 2000)
Service charge: approx. £2,120 per annum
Ground rent: £10
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.
Neave Brown (b.1929) was born in Utica, New York State, and was educated in the USA and at the Architectural Association in London. He has built many residential houses and housing estates in England, Italy and the Netherlands. In the UK, his high-density modernist social housing is based on the principles of the London terraced house and on the notion of flexible space. Brown’s radical Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate (also known as Alexandra Road) is the most famous of the social-housing schemes completed in the London Borough of Camden during its architectural “Golden Age” in the 1960s – others include the Dunboyne Estate, also by Neave Brown, Benson & Forsyth’s Branch Hill and Maiden Lane, and Peter Tabori’s Highgate New Town. Brown believed that every home should have its own front door and its own private external space, open to the sky, in the form of a roof garden or terrace. It was these ideas that he incorporated to such striking effect at Alexandra Road. The estate incorporates a dramatic centrepiece, a 350m-long curving pedestrian street lined on either side by stepped terraces that extend along its full length. In addition to teaching at several schools in England, Europe and America, Brown has held many prestigious positions including Vice President of the Architectural Association (1972-74). More recently, he completed a BA in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London School of Art and now dedicates himself to practising fine art.
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