This is a house we have recently found off market and acquired for a client. It is super cute, with a small garden at the back, and a beautiful terrace facing West over the Portobello Road on the top. The owner wanted to be right in the centre of everything, so had made up her mind to take a relaxed view about the incredible footfall of tourists down the road on a Friday and Saturday. She had not reckoned on the effect that her Morris Traveller car would produce. Every other tourist stops and takes a photo. One has pinched the windscreen wiper…. She is considering either selling the car, or taking a course on mindfulness to maintain her positive attitude towards the crowds…

While researching the provenance of the house on line, we discovered the amazing “Bomb Sight” which revealed that the house had been on the site of an old Watneys pub, the Queen Alexandra, which was bombed during the war   While investigating the state of the foundations, the owner’s builder has now discovered the floor of the old pub cellar . Apparently it was common practise during the war to shovel the rubble of a bombed building into the crater, or the cellar below if there was one, to avoid having to cart it away.

We are really looking forward to seeing the renovation of this very funky and cool looking house – watch this space..