Top 3 things you love about your home
1. Having windows on both sides means the whole flat gets fantastic light. The double-height stairwell (one of my favorite bits of the flat) has a large window that gets lovely morning light. Both we and the previous owners made the stairwell into a mini-gallery by covering the walls with pictures. The kitchen, living room, and both bedrooms are on the other side of the flat and get lovely afternoon and evening sunlight. As you're on the third floor you also get a lot of sky - and you aren't overlooked.
2. The size of the rooms and the storage is really good for a two-bedroom flat. It has two similarly sized large double bedrooms. The kitchen is big enough to have a dining table in and the living room is also a good size. The through kitchen and living room makes it a good place for having friends around. The flat also has a pretty amazing amount of storage under the stairs and in multiple cupboards in the hallway.
3. The location. You get the panoramic view of Kingsland Road as you step out the door and are right in the middle of Dalston with all the amazing places to eat and drink. But the flats are set back from the road and most of the rooms are on the other side, so it actually feels very private when you're inside. Tucked behind the flat is the beautiful and peaceful De Beauvoir Square for afternoon picnics or evening drinks. And you're only a short way from the canal, London Fields and Victoria Park.
Three things we love about the area.
1. De Beauvoir town and in particular de Beauvoir square is really beautiful. It's a lovely place to go for a picnic lunch or a drink after work and there's a little play area for kids too. Because it's hidden away from the main road it never seems to be too busy. The roses are beautiful.
2. You cannot beat the area for pubs and eateries. We'd highly recommend Bread and Butter for brunch, Chick'n' Sours for wings and cocktails, Pamela for excellent vegan food, and Sweet Thursdays for pizza. The Talbot and The Scolt Head are excellent local pubs for drinks, food, and watching the footie.
3. There is a nice community feeling to the building with a mix of families, young professionals, and older people. We were part of the Tenants and Residents Association which represented issues to the council and also organised things like a community fete, trips to the pantomime, and planting flowers in the green spaces.
Why are you selling? We moved out five years ago to be closer to our friends, although we still miss the area! We are now selling to buy a larger home for our growing family.
What's the area like? We absolutely loved it. See above.
What is parking like? There's a residents-only car park directly in front of the flat. Resident and visitor permits can be purchased from the Council.
Is there bike storage? We have access to a bike shed that comfortably fits 2 bikes, but this is not part of the property (it's owned by the council). For cyclists, the flat is directly on a quiet cycle route into central London.
How busy is the road, is it quiet at night? Kingsland Road is busy during the day, but less so at night. The flat is set back and the rooms are on the other side, so you can't hear it from inside.
I'm currently working from home, how does that work in this property? There would be plenty of spaces in the flat for desks, in either of the bedrooms or in the living room. The living room is quite long, so the current tenants have found space for a desk as well as two sofas.
What's the internet like? We never had any problems with the internet.
What's the boiler like? There's a gas boiler, installed within the last 10 years and which has been serviced regularly.
Are we able to do any work/extensions? Other flats in the block have knocked through the kitchen and living room to make one large living space. There's also a boiler room and other cupboards in the hallway which others have knocked through to make a larger living space, a utility room and/or downstairs toilet.
Tenure: 91 Year Lease, expiring 11/2113
Service Charge: £135 per month (£1,620 per annum)
Ground Rent: £9 per annum (included in service charge)
Council Tax: Hackney Band B - £1,299.74 per annum
EPC: Rated C