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Willoughby House, Barbican

Willoughby House, Barbican


Sometimes a very rare property comes onto the market. A place that has a real wow factor, and could have only been completed by someone who had the vision to create something totally different. Here at AW Childs, we have been tasked with selling a property that fits this description perfectly. Based on our doorstep here in the Barbican, this extremely rare and very unique two bedroom penthouse apartment is the ideal home for those who want space, views and an ideal location in the City of London.


Based over three floors (the fifth, sixth and seventh) of Willoughby House, part of the brutalist masterpiece which is the Barbican Estate, the property benefits from not only amazing amounts of internal space (1,023 sq ft) but also benefits from a rooftop terrace that affords a stunning vista of the City of London – including many of its architectural masterpieces such as The Gherkin. Of course, you do not have to look outside of the Barbican Estate for amazing views, the estate itself is a stunning piece of architecture that you can enjoy from the property.


The home really is stunning and is an ideal example of what can be achieved when there is a spirit to create perfection. This home is not only stunning because of what it is, but it is also stunning because of the high specification of the finish.


The home is ideal for professionals, couples, growing families or even as an investment property. We have previously facilitated the letting on this property so know it, and the vendor, well. Get in touch if you wish to talk about the investment possibility that comes with this property and we can give you a detailed breakdown of rental costs and potential yields.


The Property


While the location is ideal, the finish of the property is even better. While it could be easy to lose the feel of a home when it is based over three floors, the care and attention that has been paid here help to ensure a seamless transition from one floor to the next. So, where do we start? Well, you enter the property on the fifth floor and are greeted by the entrance hall which has a coat cupboard and a set of stairs leading you to the main living area. The main living area consists of a west-facing, spacious living room (plenty of room to entertain) with stunning views of the Barbican Estate and its stunning lake (the view is directly above the lake), and also a modern, spacious kitchen featuring gloss worktops and cupboards. The kitchen also features integrated appliances to keep visual clutter to a minimum and maintain the sleek, modern look. A Bosch oven and separate microwave are integrated into the kitchen to ensure maximal usage of space. There is also an electric hob that ensures efficient and easy to clean cooking for the chef of the household.


Between the fifth and sixth floor is a half-landing that houses the large, updated bathroom. The room has been tastefully updated and provides a shower, bath and separate WC. The room is easily big enough to cater to the needs of a growing family if required.


Moving to the sixth floor, there is the second of the double bedrooms, which is spacious and comfortable. Ideal for a growing family, the second bedroom offers plenty of options for guests and family members.


Now onto arguably the best feature of the property: the seventh floor. On this floor are the master bedroom and the rooftop terrace. The master bedroom is extremely spacious and features huge windows that allow in huge amounts of natural light. Being behind the terrace, the room is also well hidden for those who love natural light but also value privacy. The bedroom leads directly out onto the terrace which, due to its size, will comfortably allow several adults to sit outside and enjoy those summer evenings spent just enjoying the amazing views of the cityscape around them.


The Area


One of the major attractions of this property is the area in which it is based: the Barbican. Housed inside the Grade II listed Barbican Estate, this home benefits from not only the amazing architecture of the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon designed estate that features a lake and gardens, but also the wider attractions of this most vibrant area of the City of London. There are amazing bars, cafes, shops and even world-renowned cultural hubs such as the Barbican Centre on your doorstep. You are also walking distance from the buzzing neighbourhood of Clerkenwell and the incredible Smithfield Market. For those who love city living, this property really is second to none.


For those who live in the city, transport is vital. This property is also ideal for those who need to travel into the city for work or perhaps even further afield. The following stations are all within easy reach of the property: Barbican (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines) and Moorgate (Northern, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines). Crossrail will also be connected to Farringdon once completed and will allow for quick fuss-free travel across London. There will be excellent links to both Berkshire and Essex, and there will also be direct trains to Heathrow, allowing an easy way to jet off for business or leisure. Due to its location, getting around the city could not be easier.


Get In Touch


Properties such as these do not come onto the market very often. This property, in particular, is an incredibly rare gem in an ideal location. If you wish to know more then call AW Childs estate agents today on 0203 693 9444 for more information. We have looked after this home as a rental property for many years and are very well placed to help. So call today or email us at [email protected] and a member of our team will be happy to help you with your query.