Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Up on the Roof in Spitalfields; Smart Moves

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Up on the Roof in Spitalfields; Smart Moves

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Byline: By David Spittles

SPITALFIELDS' historic silk weavers' houses are a rare prize but new townhouses in the area are similarly scarce. The conservation area around the ancient market has a medieval network of winding lanes and narrow passageways that buzz with activity into the late evening, due to the Shoreditch overspill and the City's long-hours culture.

Jason Moody, developer of a new terrace in Calvin Street, says: "I grew up in the neighbourhood. I've seen this area change many times over the years but we need to ensure its unique character is not lost, and that starts with the buildings." Clad in graffitiresistant mellow brick, the four houses have risen on a former car park, a bomb site from the Blitz, and cover over 2,200sq ft. Each fourstorey home has a traditional street door entrance, a large open-plan ground floor with a light-filled glass extension and a separate "rear yard" access. Deep basements provide extra height, and the master bedroom has a private terrace. At the top of the house is a secluded roof garden.

Interiors include SieMatic kitchens, sprinkler systems and CCTV. One property has been snapped up by a record producer. Buyers are being offered PS5,000 towards a home cinema plus stamp duty refunds.

Prices from PS2.4 million. Call Stirling Ackroyd on 020 7749 3838.

Enjoy an elegant life with the law on your side INNER and Middle Temple, near the Royal Courts of Justice, form London's oldest live-work estate. For centuries, barristers and lawyers have lived over the shop in chambers but with the arrival of global law and accountancy firms, the wider Holborn legal district is changing and flats are being built for the area's high-earning career professionals.

Chancery Quarters, in Chancery Lane, is the latest boutique scheme. In keeping with the area's individuality, the 35 new apartments sit behind a restored historic facade. …

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