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Dawlish Avenue I, London SW18








1,916 sq. ft.

(178 sq. m.)



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Property description

This award-winning five-bedroom home, tucked away in a quiet residential road near Wimbledon Park, is one of a pair of timber-framed houses designed in 2011 by the leading architect Andrei Saltykov for his own occupation. Contextually driven in response to an unusually shaped site, the design is inspired by the nautical layout of a boat, with beautifully light open-plan living areas ‘floating above the sea-level gardens like elevated decks’ and more intimate sleeping areas set in the lower levels. Internal living space of over 1,915 sq ft extends across three storeys, with full-height glass walls framing verdant views across the treetops. Private enclosed gardens extend to the front and a carport is set beneath the cantilever.

The Architect

Andrei Saltykov studied at the Moscow Architectural Institute and Bartlett School of Architecture. He was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award and became a Chevening Scholar. In the following years, he lived in the UK and USA working as an Associate for Richard Rogers Partnership and as an Associate Partner for Foster + Partners. In 2011 he co-founded his own practice, Lacey+Saltykov Architects.

The Tour

Approached via a quiet residential road, the two houses sit side by side on the corner plot, where a defining angular profile of charcoal grey draws a striking impression against the skyline. Construction is of prefabricated timber panels, with wall insulation made of shredded paper injected into the panels through circular holes. A water-based heating network runs underfoot.

A gated walkway leads through enclosed front gardens, primarily laid to lawn and bordered by mature hedging. The primary entrance is neatly enclosed in the front façade and accessed via a set of external steps, which in turn opens into a bright hallway with a cloakroom set to one side and storage concealed within bespoke cabinetry.

The primary living spaces are organised in an open plan across the upper-ground floor. The living and dining areas are positioned on the south-easterly aspect, where the natural light is exceptional. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall frames verdant views across the treetops, and the park beyond. Solid timber flooring runs underfoot with pleasing aesthetic continuity. A fireplace partition neatly divides the living and kitchen areas, retaining an impressive sense of open space and volume.

At one side of the room, a cleverly conceived modern kitchen is defined by clean lines of cabinetry, partially free-standing and partially built into the stairwell. Every inch of space has been carefully considered to create an intimate area for cooking, adapting with ease from a sociable entertaining layout to a space that can accommodate the daily practicalities of family life.

A glass panel sensitively screens the timber-tread stairwell, which leads to the main bedroom suite and a fantastic additional living space on the upper storey. Currently set out as a home office, this is a quiet and peaceful space with ample space for two desks, and would equally well suit an additional bedroom. Full-height glazing optimises the wonderfully green backdrop, and a free-standing bathtub has been strategically placed to optimise the dramatic views.

The main bedroom is located on the north side of this level and is another restful room with a generous provision of storage. An en suite bathroom is positioned centrally, with a skylight overhead, allowing light to stream down into the shower.

The additional three bedrooms are positioned on the lower-ground floor, one of which has an ensuite.The other two bedrooms are served by a family bathroom. The integral garage can also be accessed from this level, with additional storage space and utilities and an electric up-and-over door leading to the cantilevered carport. In total, there are three private parking spaces; two beneath the car port and one space in the garage.

Outdoor Space

The front gardens have been beautifully landscaped while retaining an ease of maintenance and upkeep. A wide expanse of lawn is bordered by mature hedging and fencing to ensure excellent privacy, and there are several areas for eating and relaxing in warmer months.

The Area

Neighbouring Wimbledon is one of London’s most attractive areas, with its large, open green space of Wimbledon Park and The All England Tennis Club, a 20-minute walk away. An excellent selection of independent restaurants, cafés and boutiques in Wimbledon Village can also be easily reached on foot. The New Wimbledon Theatre, one of London’s largest Edwardian theatres, is a 15-minute train journey. The new AFC Wimbledon football stadium on Plough Lane is also within walking distance.

Tooting Broadway and Tooting Market are a 10-minute journey by bus. The red-and-white fronted covered Tooting market has been there for 80 years and is open daily. While it still offers the local community a place for their weekly shop for staples (butcher, baker), it’s also a hub of great eateries, where you can find Venezuelan arepas, ramen or Guyanese dhal pouri with fluffy roti, served out of hatches or permanent restaurants.

The house also sits within catchment for a number of excellent schools, including Wimbledon Park Primary School (Ofsted Outstanding).

There are excellent transport links, with Wimbledon Park (District line) and Earlsfield (Mainline) a five-minute walk away. There is also easy access around Wimbledon via car, as it borders the A3.

Council Tax Band: G

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Band: G

Dawlish Avenue I, London SW18

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  • Earlsfield Station0.3 miles
  • Wimbledon Park Station0.5 miles
  • Southfields Station0.7 miles
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