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Better by design: top 20 inspirational homes

As London hosts its annual design festival, we find 20 homes for sale in the capital with inspirational interiors.

As London hosts its annual design festival, we find 20 homes for sale in the capital with inspirational interiors. They exude both style and substance. The London Design Festival ( runs from 17 – 25 September with talks, masterclasses and new collections for house-hunters.

St John’s Wood, London NW8 £3.75m

On the outside a 1960s terraced townhouse. On the inside an architect-designed, bright, white wonder. This five-bedroom family home is stunning inside. The wide-open spaces are lit and controlled by a full-home automation system. Floor-to-ceiling doors open from the dining room onto the attractive terrace. The living space flows throughout, giving an overall effect of calmness and sophistication.

Call Winkworth’s Marylebone office on 020 7467 5770

St George’s Hill, Surrey POA

Here is a little piece of Hollywood in the capital. March House only exists on screen as yet, but the architect’s vision is inspiring. This glamorous home will have five bedroom suites and sit on a one acre plot in the exclusive area of St George’s Hill, a gated estate in Surrey. There will be a cinema room, too.

Call Winkworth’s Weybridge office on 01932 854400

Fulham, London SW6 £2.85m

Wedding cake pretty on the outside and equally tasty inside, this five-bedroom family home satisfies on every level. In fact, there are four floors, if you count the basement. Following a full programme of renovation, there’s an enormous kitchen / living area opening onto a 60ft garden. Everywhere is white, and the clean lines give this traditional home a modern feel.

Call Winkworth’s Fulham office on 020 7731 3388

St John’s Wood, London NW8 £6.795m

This nine-bedroom family home on Abbey Road comes complete with dramatic marble pillars and a versatile living space. The house has been architecturally remodelled internally to give it a modern look and feel. Think Parisian glamour meets California bling. There are huge windows opening onto the landscaped garden.

Call Winkworth’s St John’s Wood office on 020 7586 7001

London W3 £1.95m

A striking, black-fronted Edwardian terrace, this four-bedroom house surprises inside, too. It melds period features with modern décor, making it perfect for family life as well as being achingly stylish. There’s a large kitchen diner, a garden that’s designed for entertaining, and a garden room that’s fitted out as a home cinema.

Call Winkworth’s Shepherd’s Bush office on 020 8735 3266

London E14 £2.8m

This is luxury loft living. Formerly a stable block in a charming east London backstreet, this light and airy conversion has the wow factor. Just along the road from Ian McKellen’s pub, The Grapes, where Dickens also drank, this two-bedroom property offers open-plan and versatile accommodation. You’ll have views over the Thames and a perfect location between Canary Wharf and the City.

Call Winkworth’s Clerkenwell office on 020 7405 1288

Eltham, London SE9 £1.8m

Sleek and stylish, this double-fronted Edwardian mansion will satisfy most tastes. Detached, and set on a good-sized plot, it perfectly fits a modern family’s lifestyle, with a live-in kitchen, playroom and 25ft orangery. There’s even a sauna with integrated speakers and built-in television. Seven bedrooms and a lovely summerhouse outside complete the package.

Call Winkworth’s Chislehurst office on 020 8285 5099

London EC1Y £2.75m

Tucked away down a cobbled alleyway, but close to the Barbican and Moorgate, this property was once a Victorian warehouse. The entrance is dominated by an industrial-looking spiral staircase that leads up to an entertaining space on the second floor. High ceilings and huge windows make this a light and airy home, equipped with steam room.

Call Winkworth’s Islington office on 020 7354 2480

London SW18 £2.25m

There’s a clue as you approach this house that all is not what you might expect. You’ll catch a glimpse of the glass extension, which is architect-designed to maximise the light and enhance the living space. The formal drawing room is a beautiful period feature. There are five bedrooms, all on the generous side, and there’s a home office in the garden.

Call Winkworth’s Southfields office on 020 8877 1000

Notting Hill, London W11 £8.5m

Live the high life in this penthouse apartment. It spans two buildings with a bridge connecting the master suite to the reception and living space, which sweeps around into a kitchen. The other four bedrooms are on the floor below. There’s outside space, too, right on top, with spectacular views of Notting Hill and as far as central London. Best of all, there’s a private entrance to your lift.

Call Winkworth’s Notting Hill office on 020 7727 3227

London E1 £775,000

Just by Liverpool Street Station in the heart of London’s Spitalfields, this apartment has had a complete makeover. It’s on the ground floor of a former warehouse and matches industrial features with modern living. There’s a spacious reception room with dining area, kitchen, two double bedrooms and underfloor heating.

Call Winkworth’s Shoreditch office on 020 7749 7650

Dulwich, London SE22 £1.85m

This attractive double-fronted Victorian property is traditional inside, but with a twist. The living areas have been opened up, and the master suite takes up most of the top floor. There are five other bedrooms, a sauna and a large, landscaped garden. The period details have been incorporated in to the design to create a comfortable family home.

Call Winkworth’s Dulwich office on 020 7749 7650

East Dulwich, London SE22 £1.25m

This three-bedroom period property embraces its historical past, but brings it bang up to date by the careful use of colour. The deep red sitting room is cosy and inviting, while the lime-green kitchen make mealtimes go with a zing. The rear living space opens out to the 100ft landscaped garden and the property is perfectly placed for both Dulwich and vibrant Peckham Rye.

Call Winkworth’s Dulwich office on 020 7749 7650

London SW11 £1.995m

Close to Clapham Common and within an easy walk to trains at Clapham Junction, this enormous five-bedroom house has been thoroughly overhauled and filled with bespoke features. The 35ft kitchen fills the lower ground floor and opens onto a courtyard area, while the reception areas on the ground floor have doors to the decked garden. There are five double bedrooms and all rooms are light and bright.

Call Winkworth’s Battersea office on 020 7228 9265

Barnes, London SW15 £6.5m

The Victorians didn’t hold back when it comes to space, and this detached, eight-bedroom villa is a prime example. But modern architects have added even more in the guise of a glass rear extension, bringing light and garden views into the heart of the home. It makes for a magnificent kitchen-cum-family room, an entertaining space.

Call Winkworth’s Barnes office on 020 8255 0088

London SW15 £2.55m

Stunning interiors are a feature of these nine elegant new townhouses overlooking Barnes Common. They each have five bedrooms, luxury finishes and handmade kitchens. Tall and narrow, yet picture perfect, they also have secure underground parking and easy access to the South Circular.

Call Winkworth’s Barnes office on 020 8255 0088

Barnes, London SW13 £1.85m

William Hunt Mansions is part of the Harrods Village gated development by the Thames at Barnes. The three-bedroom apartment on the second floor has a marble entrance hall with silk wallpaper, leading into a large reception room with a balcony. Fabulous finishes are a feature of this flat, and the luxury continues with underfloor heating and a Sonos sound system.

Call Winkworth’s Barnes office on 020 8255 0088

London SW4 £1.8m

This charming, semi-detached period villa has been completely remodelled to provide an extra floor, a contemporary glazed back extension and a wealth of sustainable features. But it retains the original historic façade. There are four bedrooms, solar heating, a rainwater storage system and a courtyard garden with moated fish pond. Internally, the lines are clean and modern, with plenty of light and a full-house ventilation system.

Call Winkworth’s Clapham office on 020 7498 8600

London, W11 £7,500,000

Here is not one, but two properties for sale. They are awaiting a new owner to convert them into one spacious home (approximately 8200sqft). Planning permission has been granted and interior designer’s drawings provide the inspiration. All that is needed is the right owner to bring them to life. Plans for “The Gallery” include four bedrooms, a swimming pool, gym and triple height atrium. The location is inspirational, too. Notting Hill is known for its antique market, cafes and famous movie connections. This property is right in the heart of the action between Pembridge Crescent and Portobello Mews.

Call Winkworth’s Notting Hill office on 020 7727 3227

London, W11 £4,950,000

This architectural gem might make a star appearance on Grand Designs. You can virtually hear Kevin McCloud’s tones echo through the building. The two-bedroom home is located in a converted Victorian church with its Gothic arch windows. Open-plan living dominates the interior with double-height ceilings, a wall of mirrors enhancing the sense of space and a kitchen with breakfast bar. On the outside, there is a roof terrace, perfect for enjoying our “Indian Summer”.

Call Winkworth’s Notting Hill office on 020 7727 3227

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