£525,000: Price of London's narrowest real estate

Several rather odd properties are currently for sale in the capital. Jonathan Brown investigates
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Measuring a 5ft 5in at its narrowest point, this former hat shop on Goldhawk Road in Shepherd's Bush is on the market for £525,000. In addition to its three bedrooms, it will bestow on the lucky owner the cache of owning London's narrowest abode. It offers an unrivalled opportunity to partake in activities such as limited cat swinging, forming an orderly queue, or indulging in lying down at its 9ft 11in widest point. Arranged over five floors, it is owned by a fashion photographer of world renown, who is reluctantly selling up after 14 years.

GARAGE FOR £240,000

For those frustrated by the capital's declining parking potential, agent Savills has just the ticket. Complete with electricity and running water, a double garage on Lansdowne Road in highly sought-after Notting Hill has just been sold for £240,000. Measuring in excess of 19ft x 16ft and with a substantial forecourt area, the price was driven up from £140,000 by competing bids. The lock-up garage, of the highest quality ever to be sold in the metropolis, will house vehicles in close proximity to those belonging to stars such as Stella McCartney, Harry Enfield and Mariella Frostrup. It was most recently used to accommodate an Aston Martin.


On London's "billionares' row" - The Bishop's Avenue - and a short walk from East Finchley Tube station can be found this example of conspicuous wealth. The owner is the steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal who uses it as his family's secondary residence. It has 11 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. We feel this property offers excellent value in a rapidly improving area and could be offered for sale for upwards of £9m.


Having created considerable interest at this year's Hampton Court Flower Show, these bijou residences offer all the conveniences associated with one-room living. Priced at just £2,200, there is no power or running water and planning permission is required to fully modernise this property. Constructed out of wood and available in a variety of colours, the interior accommodation totals 24sq ft making it ideal for the hosting of tea parties and as a place for older children to hide from their parents.


For those with more than a passing interest in the newly fashionable game of cricket, estate agent Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward is offering properties which would bowl any sports fan over. For sale are eight, newly refurbished duplex apartments, adjacent to The Oval cricket ground. The flats - on the market for a highly realistic £360,000 to £495,000 - occupy the top floor of a Victorian mansion block. One has been rented for the duration of next week's final Ashes Test and the landlord confidently expects to make in the region of £23,500.