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Meeting the neighbours on Elers Road

Last Friday we had a lovely afternoon down at the Red House getting to know our neighbours over a glass of Pimms in the sunshine. Lots of friendly faces stopped by to have a look around the flats and it was a great chance for some of the new home owners to get to know each other.

Open day at the red house

Everyone was very impressed with the standard of the development and we are really chuffed with all the compliments they gave the team.

Open day at the red house

John and Christine live at number 43 Elers Road. They came by with their son and his wife to see the finished property:

"It is such a delight to be able to see what you've done. We've kept our eye on the house over the years and have been admiring your work in the last few months. You’ve done a wonderful job.”

Maggie and Mary

Maggie (number 9 Elers) was a district nurse in the 1990s and used to visit the residents who lived in the nursing home:

"I used to come to visit the old ladies who lived here. It was so dark and the hallways were narrow and oppressive. And now it's lovely and light and open. The new design makes so much of the outside space with all the balconies overlooking the park. That's so important. I think it's been beautifully designed. I really just love it. Thank you.”

open day at The Red House

David from number 11 Elers:

"I’m so glad you did this and it’s so good to see it finished! It was a mess, neglected and overgrown for years. Now it’s brilliant. Simple design, great style. That’s the best!”

Open day

Pauline lives locally and has been in the area for over 30 years. She says it was always so sad to see the Red House is such a terrible state when all the other houses on the street are so well cared for. 

“It’s beautiful. I love the interior style. And the views! I want to live here!”

Rema and her family have lived in Ealing all her life:

"I love how you have treated the building with such care and respect."

Being such a well-loved local landmark, we even had Annemarie from Ealing Today come by to take a look at the finished project:

“It’s such a great idea to invite the neighbours around. Not a lot of developers do that! And of course everyone’s curious about what’s happening on their street."

Thank you to all our neighbours who came down to say hello, it was lovely to celebrate this proud day with you. Well done to architect Shirley and site manager Macieji for making our vision for The Red House a reality.

Join us for a celebration at The Red House

If you are one of our neighbours on Elers Road, or perhaps you are local to Ealing and have been keeping an eye on the transformation down at The Red House, come and join us at our open day this Friday 10th June from 1-5pm. There will be cakes and Pimms and Lemonade and the doors will be open for you to have a nose around and meet the team.

Looking forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts on the project.

Before and After: (left to right) The Red House on Elers Road needing some love when we first acquired it. And after some careful restoration work, The Red House as it stands today.

A Brief History of The Red House

We are super excited to have acquired this beautiful Arts and Crafts style property on Elers Road in Ealing. Built in 1898, it’s a pretty special looking building, so whilst work begins on the renovation, we decided to do a bit of research into it’s history. Thanks to Carole Langley who lives at Number 16 Elers Road who got in touch with some fond memories of the building and also Ealing Local History department for helping us dig through the archives.

The Red House as it is today.

We discovered that originally the building was named after the famous Arts and Crafts home of Sir William Morris in Bexleyheath; The Red House and was one of only two houses on the street at that time. Newly opened Lammas Park provided beautiful, leafy views from the elegant house - unchanged to this day. Although at the time the property would have boasted a larger garden, direct access to the park and a coach house for horses.

The 1901 census tells us the first owner of the property was Andre Aron, a shipping merchant’s clerk. He moved in with his wife Madeline from their native France with two servants. The improved public transport links from the ‘green and leafy’ suburb of Ealing to The City of London where Andre worked would have made it the perfect home for the young couple. Until they moved to New York in 1905.

In 1911 Thomas William Cole bought The Red House and moved in with his wife, two children and five servants. As an Artist and head of Ealing School of Art he presumably appreciated its contemporary Arts & Crafts style. His young family would have enjoyed many a sunny afternoon in Lammas Park with its new bandstand and bowling green. 

Thanks to Ealing Council for this image from WW2. See more in their online archive here

As this map shows, the road has remaining largely unchanged since 1914

In the 1930’s the owners of the house change again and another wealthy family move in. Harry Ross, a surgeon from colonial India, returns to his ancestral country with his wife, daughter Teresa Mary Ross, and several servants. Sadly, his time in the house is brief and in 1938 he passes away aged 69.

10 years pass before the next electoral roll shows Teresa Mary Ross now living as Mrs Mary Mohammed with her husband Ahmed Mohammed at the address having met him on her travels to India. It was quite revolutionary in 1948 for a British woman to marry a Muslim man and probably caused some twitching curtains. But we’re pleased to say the couple spent many happy years in the home, during which time they have two sons who go on to inherit the house.

It looks as though the house was divided into flats during the 60s and for the next 20 years becomes home to multiple families occupying the property on short term contracts and living in what look like bedsits until the 1990s when The Red House is sold again and converted into Lammas Park Nursing Home. 

We are carefully restoring the building, reusing part of the original brickwork.

Empty since 2007, when Uplift acquired the building in 2015 it was in need of a lot of love and attention. So we are carefully restoring it to its former glory and giving The Red House a new lease of life and a range of light, contemporary apartments. 

If all this history has got you intrigued about The Red House, drop our team a line on sales@upliftproperty.co.uk.

Our first flats are finished

This evening we opened the door at 91 Grange Road and welcomed our first visitors. 

We were hoping for some approving nods but we weren't expecting whoops and wows.

"I'm pretty bowled over to be honest" said Jude. "It's just gorgeous. Really spacious and light. And I love the exposed brick and wood flooring."

As we walked around people commented on the period features, sash windows and traditional cornicing that we've so lovingly restored.

It's nice when people notice.

"I wouldn't change a thing" said Ceri laying down on one of the beds and making herself at home. "I could move in tomorrow" adding "does the furniture come with the flat?" 

Of course we've had such fun dressing our lovely homes we're more than happy to include furniture in the purchase. It just means we get to go shopping again.

"I love the kitchens" said Felicity. "Open plan is perfect. I really like the units and the tiles and all the little details like the wine cooler!"

"I like how sociable the space is" said Chloe. "I could definitely see us having friends around for dinner and drinks in the garden."

It's early days. But so far it looks like our flats are getting a big thumbs up. If you'd like to come and see them for yourself just email team@upliftproperty.com

Cheers.