Small house with big price tag goes on the market for the first time in 50 years

One of central London's smallest detached homes has been put on the market for the first time in 50 years for a big price - almost three times the UK average.

The pint-sized pad has just 290sq/ft of floor space and is in need of a full renovation.

But despite the size and condition, the "gem" is in the middle of Chelsea, so has an asking price of £600,000.

Walk through the front door of the home on Britten Street and you're straight into the reception room, with a doorway leading to the kitchen and shower room.

Stairs lead up to the sole bedroom on the first floor, with a window overlooking St Luke's Garden, a pretty park which has a church in the grounds.

The home has now been put on the market for the first time since 1969. It has an asking price of £600,000, but when refurbished, the home could be worth as much as £1 million.

It is totally unique, a one-off. I've not seen anything in Chelsea which has a freehold and is smaller. It is going to suit a buyer who wants the space without the management charge of an apartment. It could be a first home or a pied-a-terre. We have had a large number of people expressing interest in it and it has only been on the market for a week. People are looking for something that captures their imagination. Once it is done up, someone might pay as much as £1 million for it, we don't know - it is unique.

Ed McCulloch, sales manager at Douglas & Gordon
View from the property

The diminutive home on Britten Street also has potential for a roof terrace, subject to planning permission.