The flat in trendy Kentish Town, Northwest London, was listed on Rightmove by Burghleys Estate Agents which boasted it had an “extra” bath – despite it being in the hallway
A flat on the market for £475,000 has raised eyebrows after promotional images showed it had a bath in the hallway.
The estate agents admitted even they were shocked to find the bathtub in the main hallway between rooms of the property in Kentish Town, Northwest London. Photographs show it yards from the front door and before a set of steps that lead to the flat’s kitchen and other rooms.
The flat was listed on Rightmove by Burghleys Estate Agents for £475,000 and is being advertised as a ‘unique’ one-bedroom garden flat with shower room and “extra” bath.
But the firm, based in nearby Tufnell Park, says the unusual addition hasn’t put prospective buyers off viewing the one-bedroom flat. Ashley Gendler, the director of the company, said: “There have been remarks about it [the bath] as it’s not something you would usually see.
“It was an architecturally designed conversion not by the current owner but by the previous owner who we know nothing about, so we don’t know the reasons why he did this. It may well be that he lived there on his own and no one was coming into the flat so he put a bath there because he couldn’t fit one into the shower room so that was the next available place to put it.
“[When showing people round the property], there have been a few raised eyebrows, people commenting saying it’s odd and a few double takes. It’s quite simple to take the bath out and replace it with storage cupboards in that area if you wanted to. We have the eyes and ears of the general public when they are out viewing properties and we were quite taken back as well. But when we first viewed it, this area was filled with junk.”
When the junk was removed, estate agents was stunned to see the bathtub. It remains but Mr Gendler believes the buyer will go onto remove it, and put cupboards in the space along the hallway.
“The property is getting a great deal of interest at the moment. I think people who have the common sense to either leave it or take the bath out and replace it with storage cupboards. People are not being resistant to viewing it because there is a bath in the hallway,” Mr Gendler continued.
On social media, users were quick to comment on the odd placing of the family ‘bathroom’. One user said: “Have a nice hallway bath and then get into your crawl space. Bliss.” Another said: “Why even bother with the bath just have a shower not as if having a bath adds to the property.”
A third added: “I feel so bad for the normal people of London. How are you ever supposed to get any kind of housing security with rents rising at instance amounts and you can’t even get a mortgage for a flat where you need to have a bath in the hallway.”