Luxury London home up for rent on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha

If living in a central London home with roll top baths, taxidermy and a garden has always felt like a pipe dream, then think again.

A Grade II listed, six bedroom property located in Spitalfields, London - near Liverpool Street Station - has gone up for rent and the owner is accepting offers on a 'pay what you can afford' basis. 

Rupert Hunt, founder of flatshare website SpareRoom, is looking for two or three flatmates to share his £3 million Georgian home and is welcoming a monthly payment of anything from £1 to £1,000, so long as it is the right person.

"I've decided to take a pay-what-you-can approach because I'm far more interested in getting the right people than maximising my rent," he says in a video advertisement (watch below). 

Roll top bath

The property is full of kitsch, vintage touches such as this roll top bath

"Two years ago I used my service for the first time. What I wasn't prepared for was how much I enjoyed it and the realisation that living with the right people beats living on your own."  

The 41-year-old is looking for someone he will "enjoy having around and add something to my life, [rather] than maximising my rent (and market rent round here would price some people out)."

"So if you're my perfect flatmate and happen to be volunteering and can only afford £100 per month, I'd sooner take you over someone who can pay full whack but who isn't quite right.

"I'm not after flatmates who just want cheaper rent though. You'll need to genuinely want to share with me - for your benefit as much as mine: The people you live with can be the difference between you dreading going home each day or having the time of your life. Even if this is the house of your dreams, I might be your flatmate from hell."

Reooftop terrace

Both bedrooms on offer - one in the basement and one on the first floor - have en suite bathrooms and antique, architectural touches.

There's also plenty of living space to unwind in. Hunt's five-floor property boasts a music room, complete with a piano and double bass, a disco room (for a chilled out evenings listening to records) and a cosy rooftop terrace. 

Sound too good to be true? Well, it's not. All you have to do is get in touch with Hunt on and let him know more about you and what he can expect living with you.

There is, however, one caveat. Hunt has decided to create a YouTube video series following his journey to show just how fun living with the perfect stranger can be and naturally you'll have to be a part of it.

But when a house looks this good, how can you say no? We take a quick look at the house below...

The disco room where intimate house parties can ensue...

Disco room

The kitchen which boasts an original, cast iron AGA cooker...


The rooftop terrace with a taxidermy bear...

Rooftop terrace

The antique bedroom interiors...


Follow Rupert Hunt on a tour of his property below.


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Sejal Kapadia Pocha

Sejal Kapadia Pocha covers stories about everything from women’s issues to cult foods. She describes herself as a balance between Hermione and Luna Lovegood.

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