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Palatial London pad, carved from old government building, asks $4.5M

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The former headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Water Board was built in 1920

Interior of grand hall with white plaster crown molding, dark wood paneling, large windows on one wall, and parquet flooring, divided into living and dining zones.
This apartment was originally set aside for the exclusive use of the chairman.
Photos via The Modern House

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in palatial digs without the hassle of actually having to run an entire palace, this impressive London apartment may be the property for you. Located within New River Head, the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water Board which was completed in 1920 and renovated in 2016, the three-bedroom unit was originally intended for the exclusive use of the board’s chairman.

Ideally positioned at the center of the building on the first and second floors with premier views over the expansive lawn, the 2,519-square-foot loft-like home boasts a splendid 35-foot reception room that’s more grand-hall than anything else. Featuring soaring ceilings, wall of windows, exquisite plaster molding, dark wood paneling, and parquet flooring, the elegant, light-filled reception accommodates a living area with fireplace, a dining space, and an office nook with bespoke bookshelves and desk.

A solid walnut kitchen with marble countertops and Miele appliances is found right off the great room. Above it, on the second floor, are three double bedrooms, an additional study, a family bathroom, and a master ensuite. Other building amenities include a gym, concierge, cellars, communal garden, and parking. It’s listed for £3,650,000, or approximately $4,550,000.

New River Head was designed by Herbert Austen Hall and was named after the 1613-built reservoir by which it stands. Listed as a Grade II building in 1950, the building is made in the French classical style and has a red brick facade and slate roof.

Via: The Modern House