Comedian Hal Cruttenden is selling the quirky north London home that he has affectionately named “Marmite Towers”.
The funnyman, known for his appearances on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, bought the three-storey, five-bedroom house in Enfield in 2014.
Built in the early Eighties, the detached £1.2 million property listed with Atkinsons Residential blends “eccentric” contemporary architecture – there are no square rooms – with period-style character, including high ceilings and a pretty cottage garden.
Inside, the five-bedroom home has a maze-like feel, with zig-zagging walls, a spiral staircase and cosy nooks at every turn. The walls are painted in an array of muted colours and the dining space is decorated with a vintage-inspired floral mural.
Outside, the quaint garden has been designed so that one half is ideal for entertaining and the other for quiet reading and relaxation.
The comedian and his artist wife Dawn, are now separated, have two daughters Martha and Grace who are in their early twenties.
“I’ve loved this house,” says Hal Cruttenden. “You either think, ‘What is that odd building?!’ or you absolutely fall in love with its individuality.”
Its layout has proven “perfect” for bringing up teenagers, with everyone enjoying their own space before coming together in larger family areas for meals and movie nights.
“Having the basement done has given us a self-contained flat for family visits and another TV room for when one half of the family wants to shout at the rugby with friends and the other just wants to watch This Is Us and drink wine.”
‘Marmite Towers’ is conveniently located for heading into the city – trains run from nearby Gordon Hill station direct to Finsbury Park, with its Victoria and Piccadilly line access. The bus stop right outside the house takes you up into the town of Potters Bar in Hertfordshire.