I had to show you this 188 sq. ft. tiny house for sale in North London (UPDATE: SOLD).
Asking price? Sit down. $450,000! Most of which is due to the location (Richmond Avenue in Barnsbury).
When you walk in side you’re immediately greeted by the kitchen and living area with built-in storage.
A staircase above the kitchen takes you up to the sleeping chamber (a loft).
188 Sq. Ft. Tiny House in London For Sale
Images © Zoopla
Images © Zoopla
Just to the right of the kitchen is a micro bathroom (toilet and shower in one). You’ll have to use the sink in the kitchen to wash your hands.
There seems to be built in furniture with storage in the living area to keep everything tucked away. Upstairs in the sleeping loft there’s more built in storage above the bed to keep all of your belongings.
Many bars, shops, restaurants are just a short walk away on the same street. You can also access transportation nearby. So the price (£275,000, or $450,000 in USD) is mostly for the location.
What do you think? Besides the price, do you think you can see yourself living tiny in a micro apartment like this?
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What do the Brit’s say? “That’s a load of codswallop!”
It’s not the price of $450,000.00 or $239/sq.ft that I’m speaking about. It’s the horrid use of space that should be taken to task!
But let’s address the price, first. If you can afford this place in London, money is NOT your problem. And it doesn’t matter how many tiny houses = this one dwelling. A person who makes this income has the right to spend it however they best choose.
Now, as to the design. Ugh! I’ve seen literal broom closets in Manhattan transformed into architectural gems with far more imagination than this silly set up.
With a ceiling THIS high, wasting the space for a “void” is losing valuable square footage. An absolutely PROPER loo could be constructed in the widest part of the “void” and nice closet and bed space would become part of the mix.
Downstairs, the “almost bathroom” could simply become a tiny powder room, thereby allowing a much larger kitchen area to be created. I could go on and on about the silly design of this unit but I’ve said enough. If they want to contact me to redesign this space, I’d be more than happy to have them fly me to London for a “redo”. LOL
LOL, thanks Cahow, good points as usual
FYI – “First floor in London” = loft in us & “Ground floor” = main floor.
Hey, everyone might be up-in-arms about the price, but it IS in London and, being in the U.S., we don’t know WHAT the prices are in the UK, or where this ‘pad’ is…. So it might be a steal! 😉
It’s just screaming for a rooftop deck, though the neighbours’ windows would probably make it less private than I’d like. Doesn’t really look like the ceiling is high enough to do much with the void area above the living room without losing too much of the open feeling. You might be able to add a little book nook, another tiny sleeping loft or a bit more storage.
The linked real estate listing suggests it would be suitable for a pied a terre or short term rental and I think that would make more sense than an actual full time home.
It is hard to judge space by pictures, and I feel like that ceiling is not near as tall as it appears to be in the pictures, especially given its location, so there may not be as much wasted space as one might think. I for one would not want what Americans deem a “decent” bathroom because I would not want to clean the huge thing. I really like the compact bath and the bedroom is modern cozy. I, too, would not want open space between stairs and the kitchen, but I doubt shoes are ever worn up those stairs, and they look set further back from the stove, about 3′ maybe, so I wouldn’t call the set up disgusting, just a little iffy. As far as the price, well my daughter lived in London for a semester and tells me that the price is very reasonable for the location and the quality of that home, so who are we Americans to judge, right? I think it is a very pretty, functional, warm and inviting home. Wish I could afford it 😉
I don’t know what people are on about regarding the space. The ceiling is not that high when you look at the first picture – it looks like a low ceiling compared to the houses on either side. I bet there’s good storage under the floor and I would want space and light if I am to walk out onto a busy street in London. I think this is a good price if I were to live in London. Thanks for the post.
Thanks Lynn I’m glad you enjoyed it. And my guess is whoever lives there would likely make good use of nearby cafes, etc. It’s interesting!
Thanks Marsha, great points 🙂
If you look at the front of the house, steps lead down to the entrance while the area next to it at the left is at ground level. I think that this accounts for both the downstairs platform and the loft being only over the lower entrance area. Were another loft be added to the void, there would be no standing room beneath it. I think that it performs my favorite tiny house magic trick, the illusion of a larger space in a small area.
Chaow i totally agree about the design they could have had the bathroom on the same level as the bedroom etc
The price level is a bit steep for london it might be because it’s unique and you don’t see alot of this type of thing there but i think it’s more about the location which is that it’s very close to loads of big restaurants/ major metro lines/ night life activities plus it looks to be in a conservation area (don’t quote me on that through) with what looks to be like grade listed building’s on both sides!
To be honest I’ve seen a one bed house with a width size of just 7″ in london in a less popular area on rightmove (and maybe on here too) going for £299,000!!
I’d never want to live in london i prefer to have fields and farms which i can drive through to go to work and maybe visit and buy my veg off them! (Which i do 🙂 )
And I’d prefer to stay in Wales too i live about 20mins from Newport further back in the countryside. Newport being where Obama and the NATO leaders came to visit / Stay not to long ago 🙂
Anyways keep up the good work on here it’s lovely to see all these design ideas and inspirational stories to etc
Just a shame we don’t have hardly anything in the uk of this size.
Question? Why don’t we in the UK adopt more of this style of living? Most likely more suitable to more “country” or rural areas mind but with literally millions of hectares of land being used for little more than sheep grazing or for deers to nightly roam on why not? Is it due to a lack of interest? Lack of available funds? Or imagination? Possibly a mix of them all !! Who knows, but what I do know is little interest is shown in them none the less, but as crazily our youngsters setting up home for the first time are now being forced out of the “housing Market” and off of the housing ladder due to not making nearly enough, often between two adults to cover a modest mortgage on a conventional flat or house!!
I believe some of the reason surrounds mortgages as I am led to understand few if any mortgage lenders in the UK will lend on such “moveable” structures or/and style of construction and add massive premiums to insurance premiums for such inative constructions, sadly NOT seeing these buildings as a great, easy and affordable route out of the massive lack of usable and affordable housing stock available at any one time to young first time buyers, which surely would give a year or so to gain momentum start to soften the harsh realities the largest group of late teens and mid twenties age group are finding day in day out by building themselves or having built for them a similar property to any that are shown on your pages (with the “free plans and such available here one would of thought that wouldn’t be too hard, yet still very, very few exist when you deduct holiday chalets, and similar) WHY? I surely can see a good reason why not in truth, it’s got to be down too local planning constrictions making it hard to gain planning consent (something I am going to look into on principal over the coming weeks just for interest really more than anything so if you wish to know my findings do of course, be sure to come back and see me soon)
And lastly IS there any live UK buildings of “tiny homes” going on as I type? (if so please get in touch with me at [email protected] as I would dearly love to hear from you and how your build is coming on !) and lastly IF like me you just have a real interest in this style of building, maybe with a view like me of taking one on in the near future and you live anywhere in the UK or its islands please do not hesitate to get in touch for a chat as to where we all go from here, the seed has been sown now the practicalities have to be ironed out, I live in the Highlands of Scotland (not a million miles from yonder massive lump of stone, think it’s name rhymes with “crevis” anyway dearly love to speak to any and all with a genuine interest maybe with a view to at some point in the future starting an online UK builders chapter, any ideas? Suggestions? Or reality checks on my sanity, most welcome just send all too [email protected] many thanks for reading (feel free to pass this post on to anyone you feel may have a vested interest or wish to join in) …….
Sorry forgot to add to above post-:
As for the Ops build in London appearing to be extortionate, let me assure you its NOT land in London is at such a premium that often it’s true to note that the land a property sits on is worth more than the sum of the property and land together, case in point and absolute fact, I currently through my parents know of someone in a location very very close to the home of golf on Scotland’s East Coast who has just recently sold his home for 3.2 million !!! The purchaser is delighted with his purchase and so he should be its a stunning well looked after property, that the current owner had built for him some 15/20 years back, where he has nurtured a stunning cliff top and face garden (shown in gardening mags and to shows over here) and generally looked after it with no expense being spared, a superb accolade to its previous owners one would have to say??? He when working out the finer details was both lucky and happy to get a year long period in which he could move out as the new owners were in no hurry to move in, thus he has managed to get a years paid employment as a caretaker until he is able to find another suitable property for himself, are you like me by now feeling all this is too good to be true? I have to say that has been my feeling most of the way through hearing this story, other than possibly the “new owners” are not UK residents and thus have loads of logistics to attend to prior to any move, that said I still whilst understanding it a little better, still found it a little suspicious, that was all cleared up on the “new owners” last day in Scotland prior to returning back to tie all loose ends before returning here to stay.
Of course drinks were flowing all in a good mood, the sun as shining, you can see the 18th hole from this properties large decked area, and further off in the distance other holes, so what’s not to like? The “new owners” then announced they would have to make a move as his jet is at Aberdeen airport awaiting his arrival to fly him home at which point he asked the old owner what he thought as he laid plans out on the dining room table!
Now the penny dropped the “new owners” we’re only going to immediately bulldoze the entire property anyways hence the lack of interest really in the property as it stands as none of it shall be left pretty soon, anyway now whilst it’s not really anything to do with the outgoing owners what happens to the property after the papers are signed, monies transferred and so on but the emotional attachment to this one having been there all through the initial build and the rebuild some 10 years later, the loving tender manner in which the gardens were kept, lawns manicured and so on it was and still is truly heartbreaking to hear such a totally true daily more and more common story in areas where permitted developments are very hard to obtain, where land is at a massive premium or where it’s a conservation area (this property ticks the full stage 1-3 in 3 out of 4 categories
It is expensive to us, but not unreasonable for the location. It works.
Outside patio is adorable, and inside the brick wall is quaint. But what’s the deal with the big window? Is it frosted and is it’s view to the inside of the building? Not understanding why this TH is odd-shaped when the building appears to be a rectangle. I agree with Cahow. I’m in love with the possibilities though!
It’s no more or less absurd than any other small space. If the goal is some combination of consuming less resources and costing less, then this accomplishes both. This area of London has other very small apartments – I’ve seen one or two of similar size but more conventional (like a small bedroom/bathroom combo with a private entrance) and others in the 200-300 range – and they can cost twice as much as this.