VICTORIAN or Edwardian purpose-built mansion blocks are sturdy, generally brick and usually have good-size rooms and windows. However, Victorians didn’t play loud music, so there are usually covenants about noise and about what alterations can be made.
In principle, this is a good thing. Anna’s architects had to get their proposals cleared with the freeholder and their structural engineer, and then there were strict rules about hours of work and keeping the corridors very tidy, and so on. However, the benefits outweigh drawbacks and most mansion-block dwellers love them.