Property is such an emotive subject in London and the remarkable 'Thin House' (a converted milliner's shop) in Shepherd's Bush (exterior shot below) caused controversy last year when it appeared on the market with an asking price of around £550,000. The situation seemed indicative of the insanity of London property prices when you consider the house measured only 5'5" wide at some points - a feature enterprising real estate agents marketed as the house's charming 'unique selling point'.
In fairness, the property's beautifully renovated interiors (below) and Zone 2 location may have warranted the half-million plus price tag, its two bedrooms and 1000sq footage spread over five levels. However, its esoteric design offers limited appeal to families with children, lazy so-and-sos with an aversion to stairs and claustrophobes, who most certainly, need not apply. Instead, The Thin House has 'media professional' or 'young internet entrepeneur' stamped all over it...the trendy bastards.
The architects have, of course, fully utilised the long narrow space to maximum effect, with stylish wooden built-in futons and compact, slim bookcases lining the distinctive property's numerous hallways (below). In a city where space is at an absolute premium, its interesting to note that even smaller premises comprise a niche sector of London's property market - an uninhabitable 11ft 3in x 7ft 3in former cleaner's cupboard in Chelsea valued at £170k plus around £30k to make it livable - hitting the headlines last year also.
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