A bright and spacious two double bedroom flat on third floor of centrally located block conveniently located within easy reach of West End and Camden Town's multiple shopping, entertainment and transport facilities. Double glazed throughout. Lift. Chain free
Living room 15'6" x 10'7" Double doors to decorative balcony
Kitchen 10'6" x 5'6" Fully fitted
Bedroom 12'9" x 10'4" Large window
Bedroom 12' x 11' At max
Bathroom 5'6" x 5' White suite. Window
Separate wc White suite. Window
Hallway 16' with storage cupboards
Tenure: Leasehold: 112 years
Ground rent: £10 p.a.
Service charge: £108 p.m Includes buildings insurance
Council tax: Band C (Camden Borough)
Harrington Street was built on land belonging to the dukes of Bedford. The seventh Duke of Bedford (1788-1861) married Anna Maria Stanhope, whose father was the third Earl of Harrington. Whenever one talks of Dukedoms, one can't help thinking about our dear Royal Family, consisting of: Dukes of Lancaster, Edinburgh, Cornwall, York, Cambridge, Gloucester and Kent. If you ever have to address one – a duke that is – say: 'Your Most High, Noble and Potent Prince His Grace [forename], Duke of ___ .' You might thank me for that one day!
Between 1952-3, due to enemy action in WW2 and the regeneration that followed, the current layout of Harrington Street, which forms part of the Upper Regent’s Park Estate, was rebuilt by the London County Council. The majority of buildings have been designed by architects Davies & Arnold. Harrington Street is enviably sandwiched between Hampstead Road and Regent's Park itself. A tiny section of Harrington Street is accessed from Granby Terrace but the main access is via Varndell Street.
It is a short street made up of local authority housing, broken up by large green spaces (but lots of good things come in small packages). Considering its ideal proximity to the West End, Camden Town and Regent's Park, prices are much lower than similar properties in Camden Town. Canny buy-to-letters please take note, rental values seem higher. This is probably down to students and academics who want to live a short walk away from University College London, the New British Library and mainline stations to and from Oxford and Cambridge.
More recently there has been an influx of young professionals looking for the convenience of easy access to Soho and the West End. Considering the high density of housing and an increasing number of flats being bought from the council there is generally a steady supply.
In the early 1900s Harrington Street was described by the social reformer Charles Booth as a ‘lodging street’ and was the site of painter Walter Sickert’s rented house at number sixty. Sickert lodged there in 1907. He was a pupil of Whistler and influenced by Degas. Painting in his studio to escape 'nature', he was more interested in portraiture (he painted Winston Churchill in 1927) and urban landscapes. He founded the Camden Town Group (1911) with a focus on Post Impressionism and Expressionism. Curiously, the authoress, Patricia Cornwell, has claimed Sickert was Jack the Ripper - DNA from a ripper letter and DNA from a Sickert letter were so closely matched it could only fit 1% of the population!
Harrington Street, a place of mystery and intrigue, and possibly poised to be caught up in the 'ripple effect' as housing in other areas of London become increasingly prohibitive to some