So you want to live... in a converted school

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That's hardly unique, what's so special about it?

You only have to draw up outside this complex to feel the austere vibe emanating from it. The Victorian property, in Clerkenwell, London, was originally Hugh Myddleton school, and was converted only four years ago. And unlike many conversions, it still retains its Quaker-esque educational air (which might be a good or bad thing, depending on your styling preferences) due to its Grade II-listed status.

What about the interior?

Once again, the listing means that the school has been very well preserved internally. The long, echoing corridors eerily conjure up images of a bygone age of regimented school life. Any alumni would only really notice the difference once he stepped into one of the old classrooms (now serving as apartments) - which, sensibly, is where the adherence to its former use ends.

So what has been done to the rooms?

They've been fully refurbished and partitioned. This particular two-bedroom apartment is a duplex, as a result of the former school's double-height ceilings. A spacious dining room and reception room look on to a partially separated kitchen, while the two bedrooms and toilet are located on the mezzanine level. Three large, 10ft-high windows provide excellent lighting.

Anything else of note?

Well, there's a communal garden at the back at the school, while the former playground is now the car park (no more horsing around there, then). And let's not forget its claim to fame: the assembly hall was used in a scene in About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant.

How much?

Kingsway Place, Clerkenwell, is for sale as a leasehold for £475,000 (Foxtons, 020-7704 5000) and is suitable for businesses, which occupy the ground floor, as well as residential occupants.

Anything cheaper?

If you're willing to trade down on location but up on square footage, the same Foxtons branch has a three-bed duplex apartment in another charmingly severe, converted Victorian school in Bethnal Green, London E2, for £325,000.