“The apartment has a wonderfully open arrangement, with a large double-height living space equipped with a striking steel-framed window that flushes the room with south light.”
Occupying an excellent position at the heart of Maida Vale is this remarkable split-level penthouse apartment that sits atop Wellesley Court, a fine example of Modern Movement design by architect Frank Scarlett. Completed in 1938, the two-bedroom apartment measures just over 1,000sqft and has impressive roof terraces.
The apartment has a wonderfully open arrangement, with a large double-volume living space equipped with a full-height steel-framed window that flushes the room with south light. An original spiral staircase, the most distinct element of Modern design, rises to the mezzanine level where there is a bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
The main bedroom, en-suite bathroom and modernised kitchen complete the fifth floor living space. The expansive roof terrace, a huge space of around 900 sq ft, is accessed through the lower-level bedroom. In addition to the roof terrace, there is a top-floor balcony, and a third, smaller south-facing balcony that is accessed via the main reception room.
The larger of the roof terraces is officially shared with the other residents of the building, but in reality the use is almost exclusive. The top terrace and balcony are both private and demised to the apartment itself.
Frank Scarlett was a British architect of the Modern era, most noted for his design of the Starlock House in Rye, East Sussex, a project commissioned by the artist and designer Majorie Templar in 1929. The house was given a Grade-II listing in 1997. Scarlett had spent a year in the United States as a result of winning the RIBA’s Alfred Blossom Travelling Studentship. Returning to London, he became an assistant at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. It was during a later collaboration with Henry Ingham Ashworth that Starlock House came about. In 1930 the Scarlett-Ashworth partnership won a competition to design Hull’s Civic Centre.
Wellesley Court is excellently located at the Centre of Maida Vale, next to the local shops and cafes that line Elgin Avenue. Maida Vale station is a couple of minutes’ walk from the door, connected to the Bakerloo Line and giving swift access to central London, or Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express.
Lease Length: approx. 89 years (expires September 2108)
Service charge: approx. £3,600 per annum
Ground rent: approx. £60 per annum
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.