This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 20/06/2018.
Look inside the south London clock tower which has been turned into a stunning £1.85 million home
The unique home in Gipsy Hill which is inside a former church’s clock tower is up for sale – and its roof garden has incredible views of London.
There are very few homes that can truly be described as one of a kind.
But there is a genuinely unique home for sale in Crystal Palace that is unlike any other you are likely to find in south London.
That’s because it is inside a former church’s historic clock tower.
Looming over Gipsy Hill, the Highland Tower is a vast and complex home sprawled across numerous floors with more than 3,000 square feet of floor space.
On the corner of Gipsy Hill and Highland Road, it is an absolutely unmistakable local landmark.
The outside of the building will have featured in countless photos with London’s skyline in the background.
But very few people who walk past it will have any idea of what’s inside.
And rather than the interior of a church, you will find a lavish home.
Behind huge wooden doors lies a fantasy home spread out across six floors including a basement.
The tower was originally part of Christ Church which was built in 1867, then part of the Crown Estates until 1980 when it was first sold.
The Grade II listed building, containing the stunning home, is now on sale for £1.85 million.
At the base of the tower, any prospective owner will have to enter the property through its huge 170-year-old doors.
Then it’s into a stunning hallway where there’s currently a glistening piano.
From the entrance, stone steps take you to the crypt – which is now a wine cellar.
A kitchen and dining room are also on the ground floor and there is access to the garden from this level.
Moving up a floor there are three double bedrooms, while on the second floor is the master bedroom and a lavish en-suite. A stone staircase links the floors.
Up the next flight of stairs lies a cloakroom housing the original timekeeping device which was kept in the tower and a library.
Linked to this is the main living room.
A spiralling iron staircase then leads to the belfry, where light pours in from the huge windows streaking up the side of the tower which rises nearly 400 feet above sea level.
There is then the added treat of a roof garden with views across London which is reached through a small door in the tower.
Solid oak doors, stained glass windows and thick walls should make the property a truly unusual and enchanting place to live.
Real estate company Keller Williams is selling the property.
You just need to find £1.85 million and a piece of local history could be yours.