Even while it could seem like a lot of money to spend on a house that still has wallpaper from the 1980s and a problematic textured ceiling, every savvy buyer understands that the real value is in the bricks and mortar.
In London, where location and square footage have a significant impact on property values and unmodernized homes are becoming increasingly rare, it is important to master the art of looking past damaged carpets.
The most persistent decorators won’t be deterred by growing renovation costs since they value the chance above all else to personalise a property.
These eight London residences, which range from unfinished lofts to time-warp interiors, have a tonne of promise.
CR 0 Stanton Road / Bairstow Eves
A massive restoration might turn this 3,400 square foot Victorian property, which is currently divided into four different apartments, back into one spacious house.
Benefits include cornicing in the main rooms and a sizable backyard garden.
02086 881161 for Bairstow Eves
Lawson Rutter / Disbrowe Road, W6
This three-bedroom house provides the opportunity to expand the ground floor and convert the loft – subject to the required approvals – and is close to the Queens Club and Normand Park.
With no further chain, it is for sale.
Phone: 020 7385 7000 Lawson Rutter
SE14 New Cross
£950,000 Drakefell Road
Munday’s / Drakefell Road, SE14
The Telegraph Hill Conservation Area’s semi-detached house with a bay front has a lot of room for refurbishment and expansion.
Highlights include a 46 foot yard, a basement, a loft, and three double bedrooms.
010 3909 6611 for Munday’s
SE23 Forest Hill
Mann and Little Brownings
A distinctive four-bedroom house with off-street parking for two cars and storage space in a former garage on the prestigious Dulwich Estate.
Its design is distinctly modernist, with the main living area located over a utility room on the first floor.
Mann, 020 3869 5940
NW11 Golders Green
NW11/TK International North End Road
This terraced property offers two parlour rooms, three bedrooms, and an unfinished attic, and it is conveniently located close to Hampstead Heath.
The paved garden next to the house could be changed.
Telephone number: 0207 794 8700
NW10 Dollis Hill
Camerons Stiff & Co., Dewsbury Road, NW10
This Victorian home has three bedrooms, a south-facing garden, and many charming details.
A dramatic entry is created by the antique front door, elegant porch, and stained-glass windows.
020 3835 3574 Camerons Stiff & Co.
W5 South Ealing
Ellis & Co., South Ealing Road, W5.
A four-bedroom house with off-street parking, three living areas, two bathrooms, and a backyard that needs work.
It is offered chain-free and close to the Elizabeth Line at Ealing Broadway.
020 8 900 1919 Ellis & Co.
Jacksons/Dagnan Road, SW12
Though it needs modernization, the loft and cellar of this three-bedroom Victorian house near Clapham South have a lot of potential.
It is located in a desirable area near Clapham South tube station and the Common.
Call Jacksons at 020 8675 6555.
Road Crawley, EN1 / Barnfields
The integrated garage, larger-than-average south-facing garden, additional off-street parking, and no onward chain are some of the highlights of this 1930s semi.
It appears that much of the work is purely aesthetic.
010 3907 2775 Barnfields
Rosaline Road in the Hamptons (SW 6)
The Thames, two tube stations, and Craven Cottage are all within walking distance of this time-capsule terrace.
There is a third bedroom in the loft that has been converted, and the reception rooms have high ceilings.
020 3835 5407 for Hamptons