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A rare find in Chelsea: A double fronted Victorian terraced house offering modern, lateral space

by Laurence Lai Laurence Lai, author of this post , Friday 22 September 2023

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Double-fronted and double houses in London are a covetable choice of family living today. With so few available on the market in London’s RBKC, why is this type of house configuration so highly sought after?

In an area where the vernacular is single bay-windowed terraced houses, the ability to create space & volume often requires going either down, up or back via extension. However, much in the same way that larger single level apartments are a desirable asset, so too are houses where space has been created by moving across to create that lateral space on each floor. Roads like Burnaby Street, Chelsea, SW10 have preserved their signature historical architectural charm adding to appeal. The creation of a double fronted house amongst its single fronted peers, currently for sale with YOUhome, encapsulates so much that buyers seek today.

Double houses offer that desirable quality of great curb appeal too, with the imposing, elegant façade standing out in the neighbourhood. Timeless, authentic period charm has been achieved from the two joined red brick Victorian houses.

Symmetrical architecture is an aesthetic enjoying ongoing popularity currently. The evenly spaced windows bracketing the centre focal point of the black entrance door create a pleasingly balanced effect. 

A double house also offers very well-proportioned rooms giving a sense of spaciousness and flow through-out the house. More windows offer more natural bright light and an airy atmosphere. Burnaby Street offers large lateral family living areas across the 2350 sq ft home. 

Room versatility is also achieved in a double home, flexible rooms are suitable for various lifestyles and children’s life stages. The top floor rooms could make ideal space for today’s generation Z boomerang kids. 

Purchasers will have resale value in mind too. Past sales data has shown that double houses can hold their value making them a potentially sound investment. 

Burnaby Street is a thoughtfully executed double house redevelopment. It was a complex project undertaken professionally on an existing floor plate to ensure building regulations, EPCs, joined utility supplies and fire regulations were adhered to. The new owners will be able to move in with peace of mind and find immediate enjoyment.