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Property of the week
Property of the week
This week’s interesting house for sale is my old one! We bought it in 1997 when it was a run down empty rag trade factory and set about the task of renovating and restoring. With 5 floors and generous proportions the 1705 house would usually have been 3,300 square feet. But an extra quirk of this house – in Spitalfields all the houses are different – is that the basement had been dug out in 1860 at the same time as the construction of the glorious garden synagogue 2 doors down. This basement and the covering over of the garden at ground floor level took the house up to 5000 sq feet of run down space to run around in. Lucky us. My daughter was born in the top floor room, with 5 midwives in attendance. (The two midwives called out, decided to stay on when the change of shift arrived with the trainee. )

When we took the house on the back facade still had the same blue paint on the window frames. We sold the house to the present owner in 2002 and he completed the renovations, in particular managing to convert the 1200 square foot basement into usable space. Our work, supervised and designed by the Spitalfields meister, Jim Howett had stopped at the ground floor.

The picture of Jim shows him sitting on the steps of second restoration in Spitalfields one street away.
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