'Oldest house' in Dulwich Village listed for £5.5 million: Grade-II listed Lonsdale Lodge for sale for the first time in 60 years

Lonsdale Lodge is believed to be one of the oldest properties in Dulwich Village, dating back to around 1750.

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A Grade II-listed Georgian house believed to be one of the oldest properties in Dulwich Village has been listed for sale for the first time since 1957.

The main part of the house is said to date back to around 1750, with Victorian and later extensions added over the centuries.

The 4,517sq ft historic home is also one of the largest properties in the area and offers an exceptional amount of living space on the edge of Zone 2/3, with seven bedrooms, three separate reception rooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen, wine cellar and two garages.

On the market for £5.5 million, the house still needs a significant amount of modernisation and restoration work. There may also be scope to build another house in the rear of the garden, subject to planning consent. 

Local historian Brian Green says: "To the best of my knowledge, Lonsdale Lodge is the oldest house in the centre of the Village, probably dating from around 1750 when Dulwich started to be discovered by early commuters who found the roads between Dulwich and London had been improved and a second bridge across the Thames (Westminster) improved travel times."

The house has been occupied by the same family since 1957 and this is the first time it has been on the market in almost 60 years.

"Only six other houses in the village can be traced back to the Georgian era," says Gareth Martin of Harvey Wheeler who are managing the property.

Last year, the south-east London enclave of Dulwich emerged as the capital's top spot for house price growth, after recording an increase of 863 per cent over the past 20 years.

Once again, transport links have played a key role in its attraction, thanks to the neighbourhood's impressive connections to key London stations. This includes nine-minute train journeys to Victoria and 22-minute journeys to King's Cross from Herne Hill, with regular services to London Bridge (17 minutes) from North Dulwich and East Dulwich stations.

The London Overground station that opened at nearby Honor Oak Park in 2011 has made getting to Canary Wharf easy, too.

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