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Image: Grant Frazer/Beauchamp Estates

For sale: A Borough penthouse above the Stock Aitken Waterman ‘Hit Factory’

17 Oct 2023 | |By Kari Colmans

Own a piece of music history at this home above the studio responsible for hits by Kyle Minogue, Steps and Rick Astley

London isn’t short on homes with history but, if walls could talk, few would sound quite so melodic as those of this elegant Borough penthouse. Sat directly above the famed former Stock Aitken Waterman ‘Hit Factory’ Music Studios in London’s Borough, this second-floor penthouse is currently on the market for £1.35 million and boasts a postcode world-famous for making music history. From Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan to Sinitta, Steps and Rick Astley, as well as Band Aid II, Vine Yard is a London landmark when it comes to the British music industry.

Set on a quiet courtyard just off the aptly named Sanctuary Street, this stunning, two-bedroom loft-style penthouse offers 1,517 square feet of prime living space bursting with character and authentic charm. With spectacular, double-height vaulted ceilings and a mezzanine floor, combined with timber wood flooring, arched industrial-style windows, and dramatic interior flourishes, it is as iconic today as it was in its pop-charts heyday.

Found on the second floor of a red-brick former industrial building dating back to WWI, owners not looking for the rock’n’roll lifestyle will be pleased to find walls so thick they could withstand Zeppelin raids. With a discreet entrance in a courtyard to the rear of the building, the space is accessed up a flight of stairs, which lead past the original music studio.

The impressive entrance hall doubles as a spacious dining area and opens onto the penthouse’s dramatic double-height, open-plan reception room, which has vaulted beamed ceilings soaring up to 23 feet high. At one end, the living space is lit by huge warehouse windows, which frame double doors that open onto a Juliette balcony. With plenty of hubs and nooks for relaxing, eating, working, and entertaining, and a dramatic main living area with room for plenty of statement furniture, the voluminous interior even allows for ambitious indoor horticulture (the current owner has a fully grown tree on display).

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Image: Grant Frazer/Beauchamp Estates

The mezzanine floor, meanwhile, plays host to an impressive principal bedroom suite, which has a vaulted ceiling and is illuminated by a lantern skylight. Meanwhile, a separate kitchen, utility room and guest bedroom with en suite shower, are all sure to impress.

Gary Hersham, founding director of Beauchamp Estates says: “As well as being in one of London’s hippest locations, moments from Borough Market and with easy access to the City, this stunning Manhattan loft-style penthouse comes with the priceless kudos of being part of British music history, located directly above the legendary music studios of Stock Aitken Waterman.”

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Image: Grant Frazer/Beauchamp Estates

“This striking penthouse with its double-height ceilings and large arched windows is a rare proposition,” adds Jeremy Gee, managing director. “With its vast vaulted-ceilinged reception and entertaining area, overlooked by a mezzanine bedroom, it would suit a buyer in search of a truly interesting home, with all the hallmarks of edgy, industrial design, in the beating heart of London’s foodie scene.” 
Set in one of the capital’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, and with a music history to shout about, one look at Vine Yard, and you won’t get it out of your head.

The Vine Yard penthouse is listed for £1,350,000, visit

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