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- Alliance House, Bristol, BS1
- Catherine Hill, Frome, Somerset, BA11
- Bishop Square Apartments, Liverpool, L3
- The Playfair at Donaldson’s, Edinburgh, EH12
- Northumberland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1
- Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3
- How to get your Metro newspaper fix
Perfect for city-dwellers on a budget, studios are on the up (Picture: Metro.co.uk)
A modern breed of studio apartment shows that small can be beautiful – and there’s more to consider when finding the perfect home than just square footage.
Often a first step on the housing ladder, many studios are situated in central and convenient locations, for city-centre living on a tighter budget.
A growing number are built into conversions of older buildings, offering period living for less.
A world away from the grotty bedsits of old, buyers now expect swish décor, high-end appliances and clever design that maximises available space.
Alliance House, Bristol, BS1
Just a stone’s throw from Bristol’s coolest spots (Picture: Nick Callaghan)
The former Dunlop Building in Baldwin Street was built in 1881 to house wine merchants Dunlop, Mackie & Co.
Recently converted into 44 studios and one-bedroom apartments, the site offers convenient accommodation in Bristol’s bustling city centre.
It is close to the Old City’s bars, restaurants and street markets, and within easy walking distance of the harbour and Queen Square. It’s also eligible for Help to Buy.
Catherine Hill, Frome, Somerset, BA11
Offers in excess of £110,000
Surprisingly spacious for a studio (Picture: Loveday Powell)
Topping the polls for best place to live, Frome has a fabulous community feel. This first-floor studio apartment at the top end of Catherine Hill has a dual-aspect window view on to the street, flooding the living space with natural light.
To the front a pretty window seat gives a view on to the hill and along historic Sheppards Barton.
To the rear of the room is a kitchen area and a discreet foldaway bed. There is also a separate bathroom.
Bishop Square Apartments, Liverpool, L3
A clever floor plan breaks up the space (Picture: Infinite 3D Ltd)
With a roof terrace overlooking Liverpool city centre, this fourth-floor studio is part of a new scheme.
Smart and well-equipped, there’s clever use of space with a tucked-away kitchen, while the bedroom and living areas are separated by a screened bathroom.
It’s a short walk from rail links and eligible for Help to Buy.
The Playfair at Donaldson’s, Edinburgh, EH12
The studio is bursting with original features
Part of the spectacular Playfair building, this characterful studio has a double bedroom area with contemporary fitted wardrobes, plus an open-plan kitchen-living-dining space.
Bathroom appliances are high-end, and there’s a utility cupboard. Residents at The Playfair benefit from two communal spaces at the original chapel, as well as a private central courtyard and extensive gardens.
The apartment comes with one allocated parking space in the secure underground car park.
Northumberland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1
Offers in excess of £100,000
The grand Victorian building hides a modern interior
With the convenience of the city centre but tucked away in a quieter cul-de-sac area, this first-floor apartment sits behind a Victorian Grade II-listed façade, yet makes the most of modern styling inside.
Beyond the communal entrance, the flat has a private reception hall with a built-in cupboard, a lounge/bedroom, a kitchen and a shower room/WC.
It also comes with an allocated parking bay, access to a shared courtyard garden, and a shared guest parking space.
Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3
One room luxury in Liverpool
At the heart of Liverpool’s bustling business district, and close to the Grade A office development of St Paul’s Square, this studio has a private entrance and on-site parking.
It also offers 24-hour concierge service, a gym, running track and rooftop terrace for the exclusive use of residents.
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