The different types of houses in London

Published on : 20 June 20193 min reading time

London consists mainly of single-family homes. They are almost all identical, giving a provincial or even rural feel, with the exception of a few very central parts of London. The almost total absence of tall buildings explains the vast size of this city.

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Between mews, cottages, Victorian houses, Edwardian houses and modern architectural houses, you have a wide choice. These habitats have often been extended over the years with additional floors in place of the attic (“Loft extension”) and extensions from the kitchen to the garden (“side return”).

Georgian houses

Georgian houses, the best examples of which are located in the Marylebone or Bloomsbury districts, were built after the Great Fire of 1666. More than 3,000 homes were destroyed in this massive fire. These replacement houses were therefore built with bricks or stones since wood were prohibited. They also had to have a flat facade without a bow window to prevent the spread of flames in the event of a fire. These houses, which are taller than Victorian houses, generally have 4 floors and no large gardens (due to lack of space and mews often built at the back of the house). Nowadays, these houses have often been divided into apartments. However, some are for rent in their entirety. The living room then occupies the first floor with high ceilings and large windows. If you are interesting in renting a property in London, check www.for-sale.com/ for more information.

The mews

These are former rehabilitated stables, mainly located in central London (there is a high concentration in Notting Hill, South Kensington, Mayfair and Marylebone). Mews are highly sought after by the French. They all had a garage at the beginning of their rehabilitation. The latter tend to disappear and are often transformed into rooms. They can also be deleted to enlarge the reception rooms. The team’s favorite mews are the mews arranged with the kitchen and living room on the top floor, with a small terrace.

The cottages

Former workers’ houses, now small doll’s houses, cottages are often located in the outlying districts of central London. These houses have been modernized by their successive owners, in particular by opening up the reception rooms. Usually with 3 or 4 bedrooms with an area of about 100 square meters and a small pleasant garden, these cottages are ideal for a family with young children.

Victorian houses

With their typical Bow windows, they are the charm of London’s residential districts (Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing, Hampstead, and Notting-Hill). Appreciated by families for their gardens and cosy style, these 3 or 4 bedroom houses are all built on the same model. On the ground floor, a double reception room opens onto a family kitchen with a view of a small garden. On the first floor, you will find 2 or 3 bedrooms as well as a bathroom and on the second floor, a large bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

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