Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lofty Ambitions of a Stylish City Life for Rock Stars and Arty Types

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lofty Ambitions of a Stylish City Life for Rock Stars and Arty Types

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MONDAY I'm seeing stars. Not because I've wandered into a low doorway, but because today we've dealt with something of a flood of the famous, and indeed not so famous. First an ageing rock star (hint -- Jubilee) wants a warehouse apartment for his London crash pad. Next up, an A-list "vampire" actor is looking for something fiendishly cool and private.

Then we encounter the son of another ageing rock star (hint -- smashed guitars) looking for a creative space, a minor member of the royal family, a Chelsea footballer and a pair of eminent contemporary artists looking for the perfect studio and home environment.

TUESDAY Well, how fortunate. After yesterday's celebrity cascade, today I went to see the perfect pop star hideaway -- 5,000sq ft of archetypal loft space in Camberwell, converted from a former pottery and neatly tucked away behind -- possibly -- the most glamorous parade of tall Georgian villas south of the Thames.

The living room alone is 1,350sq ft and has a kitchen swanky enough to turn Jamie Oliver green. It's owned by a music producer who also happens to be that rare thing in the world of estate agency -- a regular client.

He bought and sold his previous home in Clapham through us, then bought this one through us and is now selling through us again. I wonder if we can find him three in a row... WEDNESDAY Back to school, twice. SE1 got the run on things when school conversions started about 15 years ago. It has a number of fine examples and we're forever getting inquiries about buying them, but never enough people wanting to sell.

Today I'm lucky to have two to see -- one near Bermondsey Square, just off the bottom of Tower Bridge Road, and the other on Westminster Bridge Road, close to Waterloo. Both of them are big, double height, open-plan spaces that still look good and, for [pounds sterling]500,000 and [pounds sterling]550,000, you get a real slice of what loft living is all about. …

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