It has featured in property programmes on television; and has benefited from a wide compass of residents and visitors, who, in the fullness of time, have spread the news about what it is like to live there.
The building was erected between 1935 and 1938, and has pleasing curves and metal window-frames, similar to those designed by Walter Crittall to replace the wooden sash variety, – although the old frames are now being slowly replaced. The design also included a stylish restaurant, a bar, and a club with extensive facilities. Originally, there were also plans for squash courts and a children’s crèche area, as well as roof gardens. Indeed, people remember sunbathing on the roof. The building has changed a lot over the years, but it still has a beautiful foyer and attractive Japanese gardens, landscaped by Seyemon Kusumoto; and, at the time of its completion, it had the distinction of being probably the largest block of privately-owned flats under one roof in Europe. All of the companies involved in its construction were researched for the book, and an account is given as to how this edifice – encompassing around 676 flats – reflected a period of architectural history.
Celebrate one of South London’s finest Art Deco buildings with this limited edition art print depicting Du Cane Court in Balham. The local landmark was opened in 1937, with a name deriving from the Du Cane family, landowners in the area in the 18th Century. Today, the building remains as impressive as ever and is an ever popular feature of Balham High Road.
This limited edition giclee print celebrates the building’s architecture in all its glory. A striking blue sky offsets the limited colour palette used on the building itself. A great addition to the home for any Balham resident, Art Deco architecture fan or simply those looking for a bright new architectural image.
Probably the most popular style of Du Cane Court flat is the 2 bedroom amongst the variety of styles of apartments. There are however many styles of these larger flats. When I lived in DuCane this was the type of flat I was in, it’s ideal for sharers as the bedrooms are equal size and makes that negotiation much easier allowing renters to split the bills evenly.
Here is a floor plan for a Ducane court 2 bedroom flat. Not all the Ducane flats are the same size and this is just as true of the two bedroom flats. These flats are amongst the most sought after by sharers you will find in the block to rent or to buy.
This two bedroom apartment is around 700 sqft approx 65 sqm and as you can see is quite well laid out.
Whilst Du Cane Court has a variety of styles of apartments, there are not many four bedroom properties available in the block. There are however two styles of these larger flats. Single story 4 beds and four bedroom duplexes. These apartments are always popular because of their relative scarcity.
Here is a floor plan for a Ducane court 4 bedroom flat. Not all the Ducane flats are the same size and this is also true of the much larger four bedroom flats. These larger flats are amongst the most expensive you will find in the block to rent or to buy.
This two floor, 4 bedroom apartment is 1150 sqft approx 107 sqm and as you can see is quite well laid out almost like a regular house.
Whilst Du Cane Court has a variety of styles of apartments, the studio apartments are always popular because of their relative affordability.
Here is a floor plan for a typical Du Cane court studio flat. Not all the Ducane flats are the same size and this is especially true of the studio flats. They can vary quite considerably which means that the prices you pay to rent or purchase will also vary.
This studio is 240 sqft approx 22 sqm and as you can see is quite small.
DuCane Court in Balham has a number of different styles of flats and apartments from tiny studios to large 4 bedroom duplexes and flats with private balconies.
Here are two floor plans for Du Cane court 1 bedroom flats one with the living room on the left and one with the lounge on the right. As you can see not all the one bedroom flats in Du Cane are the same size. They can vary quite considerably which means that the prices you pay to rent or purchase will also vary.
One of these flats is 524 sqft approx 50 sqm and as you can see follows the usual pattern of the bathroom and kitchen taking up about the same amount of space as a room. This is much more noticeable in the 2 bedroom apartment floorplans which have a larger hallway. The other is about 25 sqft larger.
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