New homes in London:hi-tech homes at Bolton Studios, near Fulham Road

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Original double-height artists' studios for sale in a Kensington conservation area are a throwback to a time when painters and sculptors could afford to live and work in prime central London.

Built in the late 19th century, Bolton Studios is a remarkable example of entrepreneurial Victorian property development, being tucked away on a linear strip of land between grand stucco-fronted houses in Gilston Road and Redcliffe Road.

These homes are not cheap — but they are stylish, renovated by developer Realstar Group into galleried one- and two-bedroom flats on 999-year leases. 

White-walled design interiors have between 620sq ft and 1,220sq ft of space, lots of concealed storage and bespoke carpentry plus Lutron lighting and iPad-controlled audiovisual equipment. The development has a mews-like quality — an urban retreat in the hustle and bustle of nearby Fulham Road.

You pay extra for a seven-day-a-week concierge, the right to a coveted parking permit and access to the secluded Boltons private communal garden. The studios present a rare opportunity for owners of the villas they back on to, who could buy one to use as a summer house or annexe at the bottom of the garden, says Strutt & Parker.

"Some locals spend a fortune excavating basements to create extra space whereas this is a far simpler solution and would certainly add value to the property," the estate agent says.

Prices from £1.5million. Call 020 7409 8756 for more information. 

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