Heart Home magazine Issue 12 August 2014 - Page 31

When Helen Desai was invited to dinner by a friend who was lodging in a house in Crystal Palace, she felt at home in the property immediately. “I loved the tree-lined road, the fact it was up high and the front and back garden being on different levels,” says the 45-year-old Art Editor of a women’s magazine. “I mentioned to the owner that if he ever wanted to sell it I’d love to buy it, but he said that wasn’t going to happen. Out of the blue one day he phoned and asked if I still wanted to buy it, and six months later I moved in.” 31