This unusual flat is located in a building full of history; the old German and English schools, built in 1819. The schools provided education to the numerous German immigrant community in Aldgate East, which was at some point before the first world war known as ‘Little Germany’.
About the building
Next door to the famous St George’s Church, a building dating from 1762, which is considered now the oldest German church in Britain. For many years, the building provided religious services to the German Immigrants coming to work in the East End in some of the local industries. Later in time, during the Nazi period in Germany, this church became a centre for German Jewish refugees coming to London.
The building which is now listed, retains many of its period features despite being converted into residential flats twenty years ago.
Nowadays the building’s red brick façade stands out between the modern buildings surrounding it, and has become a historical signpost for local residents in the area. As of today, the German Lutheran Church next door continues very active, and those wanting to know more about its history can still come inside and see hanging from the wall, the coat-of-arms of King George III (pre-1801) and two carved timber commandment boards in German.
About the Apartment
The distribution of this apartment is surprising and unusual. The entrance, at raised level from the rest of the flat, leads to a quirky bathroom with a window overlooking the back yard of the Church, which makes resident forget they are in the middle of the hectic City. Coming down a few steps we find a fantastic bedroom, with very high ceilings and one of the original school arches over the bed area. At the end of the corridor we find a very spacious lounge, which feels extremely spacious thanks to the four meter ceiling height and 8 ft. windows looking to both sides of the building. The North and South windows guarantee plenty of light throughout the day. Next to the lounge is a very well-proportioned kitchen, where the high ceiling theme continues.
Last but not least, the secret bonus of this flat; one floor below the apartment, there is an extra room demised to the flat with its own separate access from the communal staircase. This is a room previous owners have used as an office, and provides an extra space with many possibilities.
For the adventurous ones, this flat offers endless possibilities to redistribute the space, for the less adventurous, an opportunity to enjoy the original features and retreat themselves to the back yard next to the Church, far away, yet only moments from the modern glass towers.
About the Area
A recent article in the Evening Standard has described Aldgate as ‘the most exciting neighbourhood in Europe’. Certainly, the diversity of the area is unrivalled. From being a quiet, uneventful area next to the City, Aldgate regeneration has now become a place full of excitement where the new and the old merge, creating a vibrant district where it is possible to find Victorian Secrets (‘Jack the ripper’ tours rival in popularity) alongside the signature restaurants or luxurious high rise apartments.
The leisure offered is vast and diverse, with independent cinemas (Curzon just opened a local branch) or the Whitechapel gallery, at the forefront of the arts, shopping is guaranteed in nearby Spittalfields market with hundreds of shops, and those looking for urban landscapes only have to walk five minutes down to the river, and they will find themselves with the charming St. Katharine’s Docks, and the most stunning views from the north of the Thames, including of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the Shard.
One of the appeals of Aldgate has always been that is one of the best connected locations in London. This property is located within 10 minutes’ walk of four zone 1 underground stations: Aldgate East, Aldgate, Liverpool Street and Tower Hill, which provide access to five underground lines (Central, District, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Central lines), it is also within walking distance of two main Rail stations (Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street), and the Docklands Light Railway in Tower Gateway. The area is also well served by numerous bus lines running through Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Road.
Asking Price: £625,000
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