13 November 2008
AT THE END of The Pickwick Papers, Dickens' first masterpiece, the hero Mr Pickwick retires to a distinguished residence in south London and is described as often 'contemplating the pictures in the Dulwich Picture gallery', writes Tom Hensby...
Now you too can imitate Pickwick, and live in a Victorian residence in the Dulwich area, within walking distance of the very same gallery.
Pickwick Estates, based in Dulwich, are offering a four double bedroom property in the area that would be ideal for a family or four professional sharers.
The property rescued from a state of decrepitude, and restored over eight painstaking years to mint condition, is being offered at £2300 pcm.
The restoration of the property has conserved all of the best of the Victorian features: open fireplaces, high ceilings and polished wooden floors, and complemented them with the latest in modern suburban style, with a limestone bathroom and a high gloss kitchen.
Residents craving the darkness and gloom in the style of Little Dorrit (currently airing on BBC) need not apply. The space and bare walls create a light and lofty feel throughout.
The ground floor has an immense double reception room, a large kitchen breakfast room with all modern conveniences, a handy utility room and downstairs WC.
The second floor has the already-mentioned double bedrooms, as well as two large bathrooms: no squabbling for the shower in the mornings.
Families will find that there is enough space for the kids to play and the parents to enjoy peace and quiet, with an easily maintainable sunny garden to the rear. With built in cupboards and fitted wardrobes, storage is no problem, and attic space is available for Ms Havisham and her wedding cake.
Berwyn Road itself is located between Tulse Hill and Herne Hill stations, each offering a 15-20 minute train ride into London Bridge or Victoria. But the bustle of the city is miles away, with the idyllic Brockwell Park next door, and the 72 acre park and boutique shops of Dulwich less than one mile to the east.
Herne Hill itself is on the up and up: Brockwell lido has a newly refurbished pool which has been graced with the presence of Brad Pitt. (Winter celebrity spotters can use the new gym in the same complex).
The nearby gastropub The Florence offers Sunday lunches for Dickensian feasting, next to the The Prince Regent offering fine ales and wines.
Adam Shea, director of Pickwick Estates, encouraged people to call in to discuss this or any other property:
"It's a lovely property, and we are always looking for quality landlords and tenants, so please pop into the office for a chat. The area is regenerating all the time, with luxury developments on every corner, and old period properties frequently being brought back to life."
The offices are located on 8 Woodwarde Road, Dulwich SE22 8UJ. The phone number is 020 8299 1188 to speak to Adam or Paolo, the other director.
The company regularly lists properties on its website, which is http://pickwickestates.com
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