Comments from the owner:
What do you love most about your home?
We absolutely love the large open plan space that lets in lots of natural light and feels so bright even on a cloudy day. The orientation of the house means early morning sunshine pours through the large rear window/sliding doors (3.6m wide x 2.4m high) and the evening sunshine comes through the large bay window at the front of the house. When we bought the house we knew straight away that the spatial layout should take advantage of its unique east-west orientation, and the long visual aspect of not having any houses on the opposite side of the road. We also carefully modelled the location of two large roof lights so that we could bring even more natural light deep into the middle of the house.
A key design move was to create a series of spaces within the same room, which was achieved by having a step from one area to the next. This also allowed us to create generous head heights between the spaces, and a lighting design that enhanced the sense of three different volumes. This approach also allowed us to create a variety of storage solutions and enough deep storage for either a pushchair or a bike to simply roll in.
We loved entertaining in the house and enjoying the large kitchen island with its bespoke ceramic stone finish. The garden design and planting have been inspired by the nearby Wanstead Flats and the plants have been chosen so that there is a point of interest no matter the season. The length of the garden means it's a lovely spot to sit and enjoy every minute of the evening sun.
Why are you moving?
We moved abroad in 2018 and have been renting the house out since then, but we have now decided that's time to sell so we can buy something where we are currently living.
What do you love about the area?
Living on Ridley Road is a bit like the best of both worlds - it is a stone's throw from the open green space of Wanstead Flats but equally, it's a short walk to Forest Gate's town centre, including Forest Gate and Wanstead Park train stations, so it's peaceful but also really well connected. From Forest Gate, trains take between 10-15 minutes to Liverpool Street and even less to Stratford, and it will be served by the Elizabeth Line when it's fully operational in 2022.
Forest Gate itself has a great community and the town centre has everything you need day-to-day. There's a market that takes place every Saturday and a thriving community garden on Earlham Grove, as well as some amazing independent businesses in the railway arches along nearby Cranmer Road and Winchelsea Road including cafes, bars, restaurants and a yoga/ pilates studio. There are some lovely pubs in the area too.
Refurbished and extended to a very high specification by the architect owners this is an excellently presented house offering an incredible 17 metre long open plan all-day living space capped with three double bedrooms. It will make an excellent family home in a highly sought-after area. The living space has been cleverly divided to give four rooms in one with a modern kitchen and clear spaces for dining and relaxing or home working with two reception areas.
The local area has a well-blended mix of green space and suburban living. The open green spaces of Wanstead Flats are on your doorstep and mark the start of Epping Forest which extends for 12 miles out into the Essex Countryside. Forest Gate is a shirt walk away features a growing range of independent shops, cafes and highly rated local pubs. Stratford is just two stops away from Forest Gate station, and the take you on to Liverpool Street in just a few minutes more.
The stunning design of this house must be viewed to be fully appreciated.