Family Values - Trindle Rymer Irens tell the story of a stunning six-bedroom family home in SW16 – so far. Could you be in the next chapter?

1st of November 2012

Riggindale Road, SW16

£1,300,000 - Freehold

When our clients were looking to move home almost 15 years ago, they were looking for a home that would last them for as long as life kept them in London.  Their one bedroom flat in Balham had become too small for them and their baby so the search began for THE family home for the future.  By chance, they stumbled across an extremely elegant house in Riggindale Road.  Whilst elegant from the front, it was considerably less elegant inside (it had been split into countless bedsits...).  Smelling awful and with an enormous amount of work ahead of them, they still fell for it straight away as it had ‘good bones’, it reminded Mr S of a home he had lived in, as a child, in Wales and they loved the very high ceilings, character and space that the house offered – all ingredients for a perfect family home. 

So, the task of renovating it began and soon it became what it is today – a wonderfully large, characterful home for Mr and Mrs S and their three growing children.  Built in 1896, the house retains much of its original character, despite it having been used as bedsits before.  The front door, now adorned with colourful stained glass inserts, was not always as stunning as it is now.  When they originally bought the house, the previous owner had actually painstakingly removed each piece of stained glass and replaced the panels with ghastly shatter proof glass – as his many tenants continuously slammed the front door, he feared for the stained glass would get damaged, hence why he removed it.  One night, however, soon after Mr and Mrs S moved in and whilst Mrs S was feeding her youngest, she heard a rustling noise outside and to her surprise there was a large bag, filled with the stained glass pieces,  placed neatly outside the front door.

So, what does the house now offer?  Well, for one, an enormous amount of space!  On the ground floor there is a stunning double reception room which is wonderfully broad with high ceilings (retaining, also, their original mouldings and cornice).  The large, 21ft kitchen is positioned at the rear of the house, has plenty of space for a family dining table and is where Mrs S, along with her mother, make their amazing homemade jams, chutneys and jellies which they sell at schools (and very successfully (!) outside our office at the Bellevue Road Street Fair on 15th September) and at charitable fairs under their trading name of The Jam Tarts! 

Upstairs, the master bedroom is impressively 19ft long, 15ft wide and has an exquisite bay window which looks onto the rear garden.  There are five further large double bedrooms, two bathrooms and within the rear and main attics there is enough space for everything that a growing family needs to store/hide away! 

To the rear of the house there is a very broad and 71ft long west facing garden which has secure outside access to the front of the house, a large brick paved terrace and the pièce de résistance is what sits at the bottom of the garden – a HUGE, designed & hand-built by Mr S, 23ft x 15ft Summer House!  This is where Mr S works from – he runs his own recruitment company in emerging markets from here and for when he is not working, there is more than enough space for his professional drum kit, golf clubs and bikes etc.  Oh, the walls are covered with disco lights and, along with an impressive sound system, it makes for a rather good party room!  Neighbours also need not worry – it is heavily sound proofed!

Apart from fully renovating the house and adding the Summer house, Mr and Mrs S also created off street parking to the front which has been a God-send over the years for off-loading children, shopping and the loading of hundreds of pots of jams, of course!

Riggindale Road and its neighbouring roads, Rydal Road and Thirlmere Road, also became part of a newly formed conservation area within the last 10 years and this has protected the immense character of the homes that adorn these streets.

So, now the time seems right for Mr and Mrs S to move out of London which is why Trindle Rymer Irens have been asked to market their home, quoting £1,300,000 for the freehold interest.  Whilst they will miss it enormously, understandably, it is time for another family to take over the reins and make this fabulous house their new home.  For further information, if you would like to have a look around, please call Trindle Rymer Irens on 020 8767 2222 or visit their website