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When the news that the UK’s most expensive council house was going up for auction hit the headlines, few were expecting to be greeted with the splendour of a 200-year old Georgian property ripe for development. But putting the current debacle of the building’s squatter occupation to one side, the building has been exposed as a veritable diamond in the rough, with an impressive grade II listing marking it out as building of national importance and special interest.

The property is also perfectly placed to take in the best of the capital’s finest attractions, being located only a stone’s throw away from the River Thames and The Shard.

Built in 1820 the plot is made up of two buildings previously marked as 21 and 23 Park Street, but now sold as a single building, and covers and impressive 5,500sq ft.

The only catch? Well the new owners, who snapped up the property for £2.96 million, will have to bear in mind that the building will “need a substantial amount of work”, according to Southwark Councillor Richard Livingstone, as it has lain empty for some time.

Though only we’ve only seen the exterior of the building, if we take the classic features of Georgian design into account, here’s what we would imagine the renovation to-do list would include...

Sash windows: Sash windows were a staple of Georgian architecture and conformed to a typical ‘six over six’ design. In order to get a room with a view that the owners will be proud of they made need to consider replacement sash windows.

Wall panelling: Panelling wasn’t only restricted to gentleman’s clubs during the Georgian era, and walls would be resplendent with wood panelling that would reached dado height to ensure that too much light wasn’t drawn out of a room.

Fireplaces: Nothing created the feeling of home more in a Georgian home than a roaring fireplace. Classic Georgian fireplaces would include decorative features such as basket grates, cast iron backs and even be surrounded classic pillars in the most opulent of homes.

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