Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Sent to the Tower -- but the View Alone Is Worth the Rent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Sent to the Tower -- but the View Alone Is Worth the Rent

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MONDAY I am on top of the world. Or at least, that's how it feels. I'm on the roof terrace of a converted church tower in Crystal Palace, the highest point in south London. The views from here are incredible. It's one thing to have a city view, but take a step back -- indeed up -- and London's entire expanse is laid at your feet. It's wonderful.

The original Victorian church burned down in the Eighties, leaving just the tower. It's now a six-storey house, with one room on each floor and -- thankfully -- a lift. But how to value it? Regular three-bedroom fodder would be [pounds sterling]500 a week, but this "heavenly" place soars above and beyond that. We're trying [pounds sterling]1,200. But we will have to wait and see what happens.

TUESDAY A loft, or not a loft? That is the question. As London's original loft agency, we're asked it all the time. Today's first appointment is a loft. A former Victorian school in Battersea with high ceilings, exposed brick, huge windows, chunky beams and all the gubbins -- lovely. The second appointment is converted from a well-known office block. Despite the developer adding "lofts" to the building name, any evidence of previous interest or character was removed to create a strikingly normal, modern apartment with a laminate floor. There's nothing wrong with it -- but there's nothing New York with it. It's not a loft, and not for us.

WEDNESDAY Today I'm showing a converted artist's studio in north London to a secretive pop star. This particular celeb is so concerned with privacy that to disguise any sign of his visit he arrives in a convoy of six black Range Rovers. The cars burp out various assistants -- all clad in black -- with Apple products aplenty. Pads, Macs and phones are pushed to their limits while the "i" at the centre of the storm barks instructions and dictates missives. …

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