Room for a view

Lofty ideals

The Paramount Building, St John Street, London EC2, is the old Dr Scholl shoes building, now divided into 32 shell apartments. Prices start at pounds 130,000 for a 850 sq ft flat on the first floor, rising to pounds 500,000- plus for an apartment on the seventh floor. Views across the West End from the third floor upwards. Ceilings are 12ft, floor-to-ceiling windows open on to 9ft by 7ft glass balconies. The building will be rendered and painted white. Twelve flats have been sold already. Secure parking in the basement costs pounds 15,000 a space. Warner Lofts (0171-713 1544).

Apartment 7 in Brandon House, a converted warehouse in Fulham, has already been fitted out as a four-bedroom flat. It is situated on the third floor of the Victorian building, and has an open-plan reception hall, dining and sitting areas, a large, covered balcony and views over Putney, Barnes and the West End. There is also direct lift access. pounds 495,000, through Knight Frank (0171-629 8171).

Bankside Lofts, next to Blackfriars Bridge in London SE1, were converted from a Victorian building and a Fifties office block. There are 129 apartments, some with a glimpse of the Thames. A second-floor apartment, with two bedrooms and another small one on a gallery deck, has 8,015sq ft of space, and high ceilings. The building curves to follow the line of the street, so some rooms curve too. There is maple flooring, an Italian fitted kitchen and white-painted walls. Parking space, pounds 15,000. pounds 225,000 through Manhattan Loft Corp (0171-401 9922).

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