Porters Estate Agents have scanned a very rare copy of the original 1937 Du Cane Court Sales brochure which is linked below. Whilst there are many myths and rumours about Du Cane Court, including the private restaurant and rooms to let on the top floor, this original sales brochure will put a few of those rumours rest. Although I was also surprised to read about the annual fee for the club, I was more surprised by the inclusion of rail and underground fares in the sales brochure and that some flats have gas! Something, that was not a possibility in the flat I owned at DCC.
Read all about the dust & post chutes, the Du Cane Court club on the 7th floor with the restaurant & bar, and Japanese Gardens, as well as an insight into the cost of living in one of these amazing apartments.
Click to view a .PDF copy of the sales brochure and enjoy reading, I certainly did. Thanks to Porter Estate Agents for making this document available to all. (Also please note they have great experience in selling and renting flats within the block.)
Whilst there are many estate agents in the local area, only one of them has taken such an interest in Du Cane Court that they host a valuation form and the original sales brochure on their site.
Head on over to Porters to fill in their valuation form or visit them as they say themselves, their office is just next door to Du Cane Court between the curry houses and next to the fish & chip shop, not so good for their waist lines!
They also have a waiting list of applicants looking to both buy and rent flats in the block and do not have the properties to meet demand. They also claim to be in the building most days conducting viewings, valuing flats or speaking with the estate office about lease extensions so you could do worse than check them out if you are looking to sell or rent your flat.
Local Estate Agents often provide would be tenants and homeowners guides to the local area. KFH are no different and have produced a local area guide for Balham which features Du Cane Court in its fact file alongside interesting information about Architecture and property, Going out, and Local amenities. More information at KFH.
Did Hitler Really Spare Du Cane Court For His Nazi Headquarters?
We’ve all heard the rumours that Du Cane Court was to have been earmarked for Hitler’s HQ. According to Londonist, Du Cane did avoid direct bombing, although as they also point out Bomb Sight records a bomb falling just metres from Du Cane Court. Londonist also put forward the theory that the Nazis wouldn’t have bombed so close to the building if Hitler had ordered them not to (unless it was a case of bomber error).
As Londonist also point out the theory that Du Cane Court resembles a swastika from above is also bunkum. Read for yourself what other buildings were thought to be slated as a Nazi HQ if Hitler had won the war and a fascinating article showing Du Cane looking in no way like a swastika.
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.