Three-bedroom flat above a working church on sale for £1.2m

O come all ye house hunters.

This penthouse flat could be the perfect place to spend Christmas – as you may get to hear the carols sung in the church below.

This three-bed top floor apartment lies above Abbey Road Baptist Church, and has just gone onto the market for £1,195,000 – a pricey £828 per sq ft – but it’s in one of north London’s most sought-after locations.

Prospective buyers will also be intrigued to learn the flat is just around the corner from the Abbey Road crossing immortalised by the Beatles, and opposite Abbey Road Studios.

In terms of pavement appeal the house certainly makes a statement, as the stunning church is Grade II listed and dates back to 1863.

But once inside, the modern flat gives nothing away of the pews and pulpit underneath.

The flat’s new owner won’t feel squeezed for space as the split level, leasehold flat is a huge 1,443sq ft and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Abbey Road Baptist Church was built in 1863, and the conversion to apartments is understood to have taken place from 2012 to 2013.

A notice on the church website reads: ‘After a period of building renovation, the church has re-opened and continues to thrive.

‘We look forward to welcoming you at one of our meetings coming up this week.’

It is English Heritage Grade II listed, meaning that permission would be needed to make any changes to the property.

The description on Rightmove reads: ‘Located opposite the famous Abbey Road Studios, this 19th century church has been extensively restored, rebuilt, and refurbished to bring it back to its former glory, boasting excellent ceiling heights and interesting architectural features throughout the building.

‘The apartment is located on the fourth and fifth floors with lift access and offers three bedrooms, three bathrooms, large reception area with separate kitchen dining space.

‘There is also the benefit of an allocated parking space behind electric gates.’

But although there is a healthy 111-year lease, the new owner will be stung for £5,300 per year in service charges and a ground rent of £575 on top of council tax.

The property is for sale with Vantage Residential.

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