Top 3 things we love about our home
1. The flat has always felt spacious and bright. We enjoy the large rooms with high ceilings and open views directly over Shoreditch Park. The upstairs lounge and dining area is a great space for hosting friends and family. In winter the flat feels very cosy and, being at the top of the building, never too cold.
2. Lockdown really gave us a renewed sense of appreciation for our balcony that opens up from the lounge. West facing, it acts as a suntrap and has unobstructed views of some of London's great landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral, The Shard and The BT Tower. We love sitting out for long dinners or just chilling, listening to music or reading with a drink.
3. Being on the top two floors, we love how safe and secure it feels. We are lucky to have a great bunch of neighbours. Keeping in touch via a WhatsApp group, someone is always on hand to take in deliveries, lend a recycling bag or even provide an obscure cooking ingredient or utensil.
Top 3 things we love about the area
1. The location is amazing. It feels like we have some of the best parts of London within a short walk. Head East along Regent's canal to Broadway Market and Victoria Park, or West towards Angel and Upper Street. The coffee shops, bars and restaurants of Hoxton, Shoreditch and Dalston are minutes away. On the weekend, One New Change has a great array of shops, bars and cafes without the bustle of Oxford St.
2. It is easy to get anywhere. Busses from the park go into the city and down to London Bridge - for Borough Market or trains to Gatwick - or out towards the West End. The nearest tube is Old St with Liverpool St, Hoxton Overground and Mooregate providing great services in and out town or beyond.
3. We love meeting up with friends to hang out in Shoreditch Park, enjoying the open green space, playing boules or table tennis. We love to grab a coffee at the nearby De Beauvoir Deli or a pastry from Pophams Bakery. There is also a handful of great local pubs, including the Rosemary Branch, De Beauvoir Arms and Scolts Head. Sweet Thursday does great pizzas and wines.
Why are you selling? We have lived here for 15 years and as much as we will be sad to leave, we are looking to move nearer family in East London.
What's the area like? Being on the border of Hackney and Islington, you have access to some of the best of both Boroughs. The local green spaces are outstanding and there is a great sense of community. The area is receiving investment with plans for £2M of further improvements to Shoreditch Park, including development of new sports facilities, improved play area and enhanced biodiversity.
What is parking like? There is parking on the street outside the flat. It is possible to apply for an annual on-street resident parking permit from Hackney Council. You can also purchase eVouchers online or there is metered parking for guests.
How busy is the road, is it quiet at night? The street outside the flat is for residential and park access only, and is a designated school street with restricted access to non-residents at certain hours. As such, the road is quiet.
I'm currently working from home, how does that work in this property? This is a three-bedroom property and it is comfortable to work from any of the rooms. We have enjoyed being able to work from the balcony, dining room or from desks set up in the guest bedrooms.
What's the internet like? We have high-speed fibre-optic broadband.
What's the boiler like? The boiler was serviced within the past year and works perfectly.
Are we able to do any work/extensions? We have been advised that the upstairs floor could be converted to open plan, if desired. However, we have always preferred to have separate spaces.