Baker Street
Location Details
Address: Baker Street, Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: B,2 - 7 (NW)
Owner: Marylebone Property Management
Type: Residential and Commercial
Wealth: Well-To-Do ($$$)

Description

Baker Street is a residential street that is slowly converting to more commercial use. Georgian-style townhouses and office buildings fill most of its length, the oldest on the original Baker Street near Oxford Street, though expansion a decade ago has extended Baker Street through the former York Place and Upper Baker Streets to the border of Regent's Park. It is a broad street whose buildings feature the prominent tall arched windows and pale brick and stonework of the Georgian era.

The most famous address on the street - No. 221B, where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson rented rooms - does not, in fact, exist, and is actually part of Abbey House, the home of a large building society. Michael House, the headquarters of the Marks & Spencer chain of department stores, is also located here. The Baker Street Tube Station is one of the oldest in the Underground, and next to it is London Transport's Lost Property Office.

Realty Base Description

An empty building. The Marylebone neighborhood along Baker Street is a rather upper working class area and the interior of the building reflects that to every nook and corner. Bare floors and walls are freshly scrubbed and painted. Several packing boxes are stacked here and there. The stringent scent of cleaning products and fresh paint is strong and ever lingering. The building is comprised of several rooms.

For those buildings that are zoned to be commercial buildings large display windows are lined with grey beveled stones typical of London architecture. The front door leads into the display shop area with golden waxed hardwood floors and brick walls that are lined with shelves. A few display cases and shelving also create a shoppers maze on the floor. A counter affixed with a cash register is along the back wall tucked out of the way of traffic. Behind this counter is a door that leads to the back room. Sometimes these back rooms are only used for storage, often times though they also house the stairway that goes up to the flats above the shop.

For those buildings that are purely residential an entry hall or mud room just inside the front door is lined with racks and storage space for outside wear and poor weather accessories. During the War because of the constant nightly black-out curfews, heavy tapestry drapes are hung over the door and entry windows and again at the archway in and out of the entry hall. If the building is multi-leveled, which most buildings in London are, the stairs usually are very close by the foyer. Every home comes with a living room area that's most usually adjoined to a dining room which is attached to a kitchen. Within the kitchen there are several appliances such as gas stove, sink, and refrigerator. Often there is storage space under any available stairway. More often than not the floors are all hardwood, waxed and polished in all shades from pale pine to dark oak in the fancier homes. Every home is slightly different in its lay out. But there are always of course the necessary rooms and at least one indoor bathroom.

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