A short walk from the historic centre of Greenwich sits this beautiful two-bedroom split-level apartment designed by revered mid-century architect John Winter. Embracing modernist principles of flow and light, the focal point of the main living space is the luscious garden that stretches out beyond wide metal-framed sliding doors. Wonderfully preserved original floors, aluminium-framed windows, and fitted cabinets lend the space a crisp minimalist feel.
John Winter (1930 – 2012) was a British architect who was born in Norwich but later lived and worked in San Francisco and London. Winter began his career in architecture as a trainee under an Arts and Crafts architect in Norwich. From 1950 to 1953, he studied at the Architectural Association, and after national service, he went to study at Yale going on to work for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Charles Eames.
His own practice developed a reputation for small, highly thoughtful and individual modernist houses like Regal Lane and his 1990 Weekend House, Happisburgh, are perfect example of this. However, he also undertook several larger-scale housing estate projects, most notably in Milton Keynes and smaller sites like this one.
The apartment is set back from the leafy street by a driveway expressly for the use of residents. Bookended on either side by beautifully mature trees, this small row of terraces typifies Winter's approach to Modern design with a palette of brick and white panels, establishing a clean and simple elevation.
From the entrance hallway, the eye is drawn straight through the space to the luscious garden beyond. Full-height aluminium-framed sliding doors bathe the living room in natural light and open to the long garden, blurring the boundary between outside and in. Original basket parquet flooring runs through the hallway and the living room.
Full-width windows in the kitchen make this a bright space at the front of the apartment. Sleek white cabinetry and ceramic floor tiles make for a crisp, clean finish enlivened by the blue mosaic tiles that wrap the wall forming a splashback.
Upstairs there are two good-sized double bedrooms. The main bedroom overlooks the garden with large original built-in wardrobes lining one wall. The second bedroom spans the entire width of the apartment and overlooks the street, illuminated by full-width windows. A family bathroom sits off the landing.
Thoughtfully landscaped, the beautiful garden exhibits a wide variety of specimen trees and perennials. The living room opens to a small patio with room for a bistro table and chairs in the shade of the overhanging fig tree, as honeysuckle and jasmine climb over the fence. A beautiful acer gives way to fatsia and rhododendron in a border bursting with life.
Euphorbia, fruit trees and privet wrap around the lawn, leading towards a larger seating area. Festooned in a tangle of ivy, this area feels like a secret garden.
Catherine Grove is a 10-minute walk from the pretty old town of Greenwich, famous for its maritime history; it has an excellent selection of restaurants, pubs and shops, a Picturehouse cinema and a theatre. The Old Royal Naval College, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 18th century, hosts a popular programme of events in the gardens, including concerts, an open-air theatre and a jazz festival. Greenwich Park, part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, is only a little further.
Deptford Creek is also on the doorstep, offering galleries, cafes and restaurants on the waterfront, including Gaff, Little Faith, A.P.T Studios, and the Laban Theatre.
Greenwich station is a five-minute walk away, running mainline and DLR services to London Bridge and the City. Deptford Bridge is a five-minute walk in the other direction, also on the DLR.
Lease Length: Approx. 942 years remaining
Service Charge: Approx. £900 per annum
Ground Rent: Approx. £22 per annum
Parking: Residents can use the driveway for parking
Council Tax Band: C