Top 3 things you love about your home
1. We created a home which fitted our needs perfectly; As a young couple with a love of socialising, our home has hosted countless parties and sheltered more good times than we can remember. The fully open downstairs space, with it's high ceilings is perfect for dinner parties or post-pub gatherings, whilst the entire upstairs floor can remain a sanctuary of calm.
2. Our flat is totally unique within our building complex, having been re-modelled by us from it's original intent as an architects' design studio. The entire front wall is glass but we have managed to create a space that offers privacy, whilst also allowing light to flood in, making the large flat feel even larger. Our view looks straight onto a huge Iron bust of Alfred Hitchcock, who made his first movies in Gainsborough Studios back in the 30's.
3. Our front door opens straight out into a secure courtyard, so we never have to enter the communal corridors or queue for an elevator, yet we still have benefits of 24hr security and concierge service. When we do walk out of the door, we can turn left and walk down the steps to the Regents canal or turn right and walk straight into the park.
Three things we love about the area...
1. Our building is situated between the Regents Canal and Shoreditch park, in an area of relative calm between the nightlife of Shoreditch and the café's, shops and restaurants of Islington. It feels like we live in small bubble of tranquillity, right in the middle of London's most vibrant areas.
2. Within 5 minutes walk we have loads of really great pubs, cafes, deli's, a couple of great restaurants, 2 supermarkets and even a garden centre. If we don't feel like going into one of the busy areas but still want to go out, we have an incredible amount of choice. We now even have an excellent little café right on the corner of our apartment building.
3. Transport links are excellent; we have 2 Santander Cycle stations on our doorstep and it takes only 20 mins to cycle into the City Centre. There are 4 very popular bus routes on New North Road, going south to Old Street, London Bridge & Oxford Circus and North up to Angel, Highbury and Dalston.
Why are you selling? - We have been in London for more than 20 years each and it's time for us have a change of pace, put on some wellies and raise a family. We also both need to be closer to our parents as they get older.
What's the area like? The immediate area is very peaceful, with the canal on one side and Shoreditch Park on the other. The local area is mostly residential & quiet but hides a number of good pubs, cafés and grocery shops. However, within 10 minutes walk you can be in either the heart of Shoreditch or in Angel and find any number of shops, bars and restaurants.
What is parking like? The building has a secure underground car park and though our apartment does not have a space, I have privately rented one or another for more than 10 years for £50 per month. The building has convenient parking out front for loading & unloading.
Is there bike storage? Yes there are loads of bike racks in the secure underground car park.
How busy is the road, is it quiet at night? Our flat looks into the courtyard so no road is visible or audible to any great extent. Poole Street is a quiet one way street which joins New North Road, which can be busy but is far enough away not to notice.
I'm currently working from home, how does that work in this property? I have been working from home for around 8 years and it's great. My desk is in the main lounge area but the 2nd bedroom has become my wife's office / dressing room during lockdown. There are plenty of shared workspaces within a short walk should you want a change of scenery
What's the internet like? Excellent and really couldn't be better. We've had 1 Gig fibre Broadband from Hyperoptic for a very reasonable monthly fee.
What's the boiler like? A twin 3kw element electric immersion heater with plenty of water for 2 long showers. Last serviced about 4 years ago
Are we able to do any work/extensions? Yes, we carried out extensive work in 2016 and the building management were very supportive of our plans and works.
Tenure: 979 Year Lease, expiring 06/3001
Service Charge: £4,800 per annum
Ground Rent: £100 per year
Council Tax: Hackney Band D - £1,671.09 per annum 21/22
EPC: Rated B