Newman House Garden Row, London SE1
Constructed in 1967, Newman House was designed by the London County Council’s Architecture Department as part of the area’s post-war reconstruction programme. The brick-fronted block stretches north along Garden Row and is arranged over four floors, with the ground floor maisonettes having front gardens and doors at street level.
Black wrought-iron fencing bounds the front garden, where a flagstone path beside a gravel section leads to the front door; the shade of a mature tree forms a natural storm porch. The dark green door has inlaid obscured glazing and opens into the ground floor hall, where there is a discreet utility cupboard. Storage cupboards with flush porthole handles in stainless steel are hidden under the stairs.
The hall leads into the open-plan ground floor living space, where light grey, large-panel floor tiles with underfloor heating run underfoot. White walls provide a neutral canvas and encourage natural light to refract around the space. A sleek kitchen lies at the front of the plan and has a light neolith worktop with a subtle grey grain, which wraps around in a U shape; dark grey cabinetry sits above and below. A Barrazza hob sits within the worktop and a light green section of Perspex forms the splashback, adding a pop of colour. The stainless steel sink sits beneath a full-width window with obscured glazing.
There is a central dining area and a living area at the rear. Full-width folding doors with striking black frames open to the garden and create a sense of easy flow between indoors and out. Black cast-iron radiators sit against each wall, picking up on the dark tones of the window frames.
A set of stairs off the living room ascend to the generous, light-filled first-floor hall. Cleverly arranged as a workspace and library, a desk with open shelves is mounted on one wall, while a bespoke bookcase rests opposite. A window at the end of the hall casts generous levels of light over the space.
A double bedroom can be found at the front of the plan. This has a cast-iron radiator in black and built-in wardrobes with sliding doors along one wall. A second double bedroom lies to the rear; this room contains the same radiator and wardrobes, with a wide window allowing views over the garden.
The bathroom has Portuguese floor tiles and white metro wall tiles. There is silver sanitaryware throughout, and two windows with obscured glazing welcome natural light. Colour contrast is created by the dark cabinetry under the sink.
The secluded garden has a patio for alfresco dining; this has been laid with the same flooring as the living room, creating a sense of seamless flow from the interior spaces. There is a central lawn with mature borders, where rosemary, acer and hydrangeas are all present. Mature trees behind the brick wall at the rear create a wholly private environment, while palm fronds from a neighbouring garden form a partial canopy. There is a brick shed in one corner, and climbing shrubs have taken residence over the walls between the adjacent gardens.
Elephant & Castle has seen significant development in recent years and has a growing restaurant scene including a new outpost of much-loved Theo’s Pizzeria, recently opened wine bar Diogenes the Dog and restaurant Louie Louie. Freshly re-landscaped Burgess Park, Mercato Metropolitano on Newington Causeway, East Street Market, Borough Market and the River Thames are all within easy walking distance of Newman House. The Imperial War Museum in the charming open space of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, The Old Vic Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre, the South Bank and Tate Modern are also close at hand.
Newman House is minutes from both Elephant and Castle Underground station (Northern and Bakerloo Lines) and the Overground station, which runs to south London and Kent. The area is also exceptionally well served by buses, cycle lanes and superhighways.
Lease Length: approx. 90 years remaining
Service Charge: approx. £1,100 per annum
Ground Rent: approx.. £10 per annum
Council Tax Band: C
Newman House Garden Row, London SE1
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo) Station0.2 miles
- Elephant & Castle Station0.2 miles
- Elephant & Castle (Northern) Station0.2 miles
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