This delightfully individual two-bedroom flat with a west-facing view can be found above Kingsland Road, almost adjacent to Dalston Junction station and just a few minutes' walk from Dalston Kingsland. With parts dating from the late 18th century, changes of use and ownership have resulted in an uncommon progression of rooms - offering a sense of surprise for every new visitor, aided by dramatic shifts of light, height and colour. Arranged over several levels, the apartment has been inventively remodelled to a light and volume-enhancing design, and extends to more than 82 sqm internally.
Entry is directly to the first floor living room, part of a Listed Georgian terrace. The visitor is introduced to a pleasant room that makes the most of the afternoon sunlight, with chevron parquet flooring in solid walnut that continues throughout the living spaces.
Leading down half a storey is a kitchen and eating area: an impressive space with ample storage enclosed in custom-designed green Valchromat cabinetry. The CNC-carved pattern on one bank of cabinets is derived from the tiled floor at the V&A Museum of Childhood in nearby Bethnal Green. Opposite, an elegant brass splashback forms a background to Neolith worktops - a practical and beautiful surface for food preparations. German appliances and a gas-fired stovetop with five hobs are a boon to the enthusiastic cook. The staircase is a box of tricks: cleverly-conceived storage drawers and space heating is built into the black Valchromat steps between kitchen and living room.
The bathroom is accessed a step up from the kitchen. Electric underfloor heating warms a graceful black marble floor, the mosaic tiles giving the impression of a greater breadth within this snug space. On the left, a deep Japanese-style soaking tub for two doubles as a shower. Glass tiles are utilised here to bounce natural light down from a well-positioned skylight above. Clad with external-grade cedar slats and finished in natural hard wax oil, this remarkable bathroom exudes calm and tranquility.
The two bedrooms are floored with solid oak. The master bedroom is generously sized with two large windows overlooking the street. Downstairs, the ground floor bedroom is lit by a skylight giving the feeling of a secluded retreat. It benefits from a door directly to the external corridor, allowing the option of an alternative entrypoint.
The flat is fully double-glazed with timber sash windows and a gas condensing boiler, A-rated for central heating and hot water. Bicycle parking is available in a communal courtyard.
Comments from the owner:
What do you love most about your home?
Our apartment is set across buildings that have shifted and adapted over the centuries, with parts Georgian, Victorian and 20th century. As is often the case in older buildings, these rooms are well-proportioned, airy and filled with light.
Deeply-set back from the street, being here is a little bit magical - on the main road, yet off of it - hovering, secluded. This distance also means extensive skies - often pink or yellow in the evening, a generous view all the way to the BT Tower, and a living room that scoops up the afternoon sun like an open goal.
Our renovations have been gradual and considered. Optimising space use, light and storage has been a priority, as was catering for a culinary connaisseur's copious kitchen cache.
Why are you moving?
Our family is happily and sadly out-growing these rooms.
What do you love about the area?
* Every abundant season at the Eastern Curve Garden: tulips, dahlias, pumpkins or snowdrops. Roses at De Beauvoir Square. The endless informal festival at London Fields.
* Experimental sounds at Oto, NTS and the rest of the Dalston strip: Rio Cinema, eARTh and Arcola Theatre.
* Anything you want to eat anytime (almost): all manner of grilled things at the multi-Mangals; Ethiopian platters at Kaffa; 30 places for a coffee within 5 min; cauliflower shawarma and a whole smoky chicken at Berber & Q.
* 8 passion fruit for £1, or a whole tray of raspberries for a tenner, at Ridley Road Market
* The general sensation of thousands of people doing exciting things every day.
* And to leave: on the platform in 2min (or 30s if you run) with some of the few air-conditioned trains in London. A cycle-friendly neighbourhood.