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Iconic flats Watching the detectives


When it comes to iconic flats, they don’t come more instantly recognisable – at least to Poirot fans - than Florin Court in London’s Charterhouse Square.


One of the eagle-eyed Flat Living team – who obviously spends far too much time watching TV – recently spotted three studio apartments at Florin Court being offered for sale by London estate agents, Scott City Residential and Frank Harris and Company. Using “ze little grey cells” he quickly deduced that this Art Deco building is best known to fans of Agatha Christie’s Poirot as Whitehaven Mansions, the home of the flamboyant, mustachioed Belgian detective. Located near Smithfield - London’s famous meat market – and close to the


Barbican, Florin Court was built in 1936 by Guy Morgan and Partners. The classic Art Deco block features an impressive curved facade, a roof garden and the recent addition of a basement swimming pool. Sadly, the deco foyer of the building was tiled over in the 1980s. The block was transformed into Whitehaven Mansions for the filming of ITV’s Poirot series based on Agatha Christie’s much-loved crime stories. If you fancy taking up residence at Florin Court, there are a few flats to choose


from. Nick Scott Residential is offering two studio flats, one on the first floor for £265,000 and a sixth floor studio apartment priced at £245,000. Both have been previously let, so can be sold fully furnished and are offered for sale with 102 years left on their leases plus a share of the freehold. Frank Harris and Company’s City branch also has a studio flat at Florin Court


on their books – priced at a slightly lower £225,000. Not only do all three flats come with fabulous views over London from the roof terrace but residents also get access to a gym and the basement swimming pool and sauna. You can even purchase a key giving you use of the private gardens in front of the building - not bad for a (pricey) studio flat. So what are the hidden charges for all this art deco splendour? Well,


ground rent is a very reasonable £100 a year, while service charges range from £2100 to £2500 depending on which flat you choose. These fees are for the current year and are only approximate. Nick Scott of Scott City Residential reckons residents are paying around £800 more in service charges than their neighbours in equivalent central London blocks for the use of Florin Court’s undoubtedly appealing facilities. If you used the pool three times a week, that would work out to about £5.00 a swim!


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