Architect: Dominic McKenzie
Share of Freehold
Fusing dramatic plays on light with a brooding palette of materials, this exquisite three-bedroom apartment, with substantial private garden and off-street parking, can be found quietly situated on Goldhurst Terrace in South Hampstead. Stripping the property to its shell, the current owners worked with Dominic Mckenzie Architects to increase internal accommodation to around 1,418 sq ft, emphasising volume, space, and interaction with the outside.
Entry is set back from the road behind a brick-paved driveway. The main living space is approached through a long entrance corridor and sliding pocket door. Arranged in an open plan with dark terrazzo-tiled flooring, the space comprises kitchen, dining and sitting room. The kitchen pairs bespoke oak cabinetry with Gaggenau appliances, and its black Corian worktops are punctuated with brass fittings by Vola. A wall of polished plaster extends to the rear, accentuating the soaring ceiling heights with a raw textured finish.
Huge floor-to-ceiling sliding glazed doors flood the space with light, opening from the centre to reveal a seamless threshold onto the marble-paved terrace and lawn beyond. The garden measures approximately 40 ft and has been prepared with electrical and plumbing services should they be required for future installation of a summer house. On the other side of the sitting room is a small courtyard, framed by internal glazing and accessed via a glazed side-door.
The courtyard is shared with the master bedroom, joined through French windows at the centre of its bay. A wall of bespoke walnut joinery conceals wardrobe space, and behind a sliding pocket door is an en-suite shower room.
At the front of the property is a similarly sized second bedroom with south-facing bay windows. Between the two rooms is a family bathroom with free-standing bath. Both bathrooms are finished in polished plaster and have Vola fittings.
Opposite is a smaller third bedroom, and access to a basement with utilities and further storage. Oak parquet flooring links the three rooms and corridor, and underfloor heating extends throughout the property.
The flat is located in the South Hampstead Conservation Area, just to the south west of Hampstead village and a short walk from the boutiques, cafes and restaurants of West End Lane. The green spaces of Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath are nearby. There are a number of highly regarded schools and pre-schools in the area, including Broadhurst Nursery (a feeder school for Arnold House, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Westminster and St Pauls), University College School, Swiss Cottage Academy, a Montessori school and an American school.
The transport links in the area are excellent. The nearest Underground stations are West Hampstead (Jubilee Line), Finchley Road (Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line). South Hampstead and West Hampstead both run London Overground services and there is a Thameslink line at West Hampstead. The North Circular is close for easy access out of London by road.
Tenure: Share of Freehold
Lease Length: approx. 980 years
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.
Dominic McKenzie Architects (DMA) is an award-winning practice based in North London specialising in conceptual, design-led residential work, which is simultaneously highly tuned to the history and context of a given building or site.
The practice’s profile is growing – in 2014 ’Eidolon House’ won the Sunday Times British Homes Award for ‘Best One-Off House below 2500sqft’ and was included as a feature project in the Channel 4 TV series ‘Inside Out Homes’. More recently, DMA was selected for Wallpaper* magazine’s Architect’s Directory – ‘ a selection of ‘the world’s best young architectural talent’ and was included in the Architecture Foundation’s ‘New Architects 3’ book which showcases ‘the best new practices in the UK since 2005’. In 2017 Elle Deco magazine called DMA ‘the Name to Know’.
Dominic McKenzie is a member of the judging panel for the annual National Housing Awards. Prior to establishing his own practice in 2011, Dominic McKenzie was project architect on a number of multi-award-winning projects including Accordia in Cambridge which won the 2008 Stirling Prize, the UK’s highest architectural award. Their work is frequently published in the Britsh and international press.