Defoe House, Barbican, EC2Y
London’s Ultimate Penthouse Apartment?
It isn’t often that an apartment as special as our latest offering comes to market. This type 23 penthouse apartment – based within London’s finest brutalist architectural example, The Barbican Estate – offers an incredible quality of internal finish and a glorious vista of London’s iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. Ideally located for convenient transport across Central London, this breathtakingly designed home is as exclusive as you could ever wish for.
Inside The Property
After being completely renovated in 2002, this stunning apartment graced the pages of Living Etc. in 2004. It isn’t hard to see why – while you are, of course, drawn to the beauty of the view from the stunning barrel-vaulted windows (which offer a south-facing view across Thomas More Gardens and a stunning cityscape background that features arguably London’s most iconic building, St Paul’s Cathedral), the property itself is a delight to the senses.
The large, vaulted windows of the living room and half-vaulted windows of both the kitchen and bathroom allow in enormous beams of natural light, creating a distinct sense of space that is rare in a one-bedroom property. As well as the sense of light and space, there is also the option of opening the sliding doors in the living room to the terrace, allowing an extension of the space which creates a smooth transition from the property to the spacious roof terrace.
To complement the light, there is limestone flooring laid throughout much of the apartment and a gorgeous American Oak furniture theme that is carried throughout the property. In the open-plan living room, there is a Carrara marble dining table which matches the kitchen work surface, which is ideal for entertaining. The kitchen itself is finished in the same American oak that features throughout the property. For the chef of the home, there are high-quality Siemens appliances on offer. An oven, microwave, dishwasher, induction hob, and under-counter fitted fridge and freezer all come from the master German appliance manufacturer and are incorporated into the design scheme to ensure that form and function are balanced. There is also an extremely useful utility room that contains a Siemens washer-dryer.
Moving to the other rooms of the property, we first pass the immaculately designed bathroom. Featuring high-quality fittings from Vola and Duravit, the bathroom features a basin finished in the same Carrara marble that takes centre stage in the living room. There is also the addition of hard-wearing, stunning white oak flooring and dimming lights that create a unique ambience that befits such a stunning bathroom. There are also stunning half-vaulted windows that introduce swathes of natural light into the room.
We then move on to the bedroom. The 4.2m x 3.7m room features sliding door entry and barrel-vaulted windows that bathe the room in natural light. There are plentiful storage options which help to add to the spacious feel of the room. The room also features a balcony/fire escape for you to enjoy those glorious, sunny mornings. The room feels significantly larger than its footprint due to the sheer magnitude of the windows.
Location is, understandably, a vital part of a home’s desirability. For those who need to travel, Defoe House offers incredible transport links – Barbican station is a short walk and there are a number of local bus and train services within easy reach. If you work in the City of London, you may even be close enough to walk to work! The central location of the property means that much of London can be reached within minutes.
As you would imagine, the area is awash with amazing restaurants, nightlife, museums, and all of the amenities that you could wish for in a major city. There are also practical amenities close by such as a local Waitrose – an eight-minute walk away – and a number of well-regarded schools, colleges and universities that are all within walking distance.
- 1 bed
- 1 bath