Comments from the owner
Top 3 things you love about your home
1. The feature I loved most about the flat was the brilliant natural light throughout the flat and the dual aspect sash windows in the main living room
2. The view from the living room over Highbury barn to the church
3. The flat feels incredibly secure and the space doesn't ever feel cramped as the layout works really well and the ample windows create a feeling of space.
Why are you selling?
Have had a baby and I am looking for a family home with my partner
Whats the area like?
The area is one of the main draws for me to move to this flat, it feels safe at any time of day or night, there is a real sense of community and is more like a village in feeling despite its incredibly central location. Whilst the appeal of Upper street Islington is well known I think Highbury Barn/Highbury fields remains something of a hidden gem. The flat is just five minutes from Highbury Fields, a beautiful park which has brilliant tennis court facilities, a small leisure centre (near the tube end) and also allows bbq's in the summer on the main field, ten minutes in the other direction takes you to Clissold Park which is larger and is equally as appealing and popular and leads onto Stoke Newington's Church St.
The location really does offer up a complete package and if you had no desire to leave then you really wouldn't have to, on your doorstep you have Highbury barn high street which caters for almost all of your food and shopping needs with an array of gold standard independants; Godfrey's butchers, Da Mario's italian deli and Pizzeria, two greengrocers and organic shops, the original branch of La Fromagerie cheese shop, and even an brilliant fishmonger as well as an handy hardware store and dry cleaners. There are plenty of options here to grab a coffee, and there is also a fantastic fish and chip shop just in the small square opposite the Barn pub.
If you head out of the flat and turn the opposite direction to Highbury barn high st you hit the top of Blackstock road. This area has really started to thrive in recent years sprouting an array of brilliant indie shops, and eating and drinking places. Highlights include the award winning Thai restaurant/take away Farang, Top Cuvee restaurant and bottle shop is a must for any wine nuts out there, Beam cafe is light and airy and a great brunch spot, there are also two independent book shops; Ink 84 and the newly opened Book bar. If you're after a local pub you can't go wrong with the Bank of Friendship also on Blackstock road, it is a classic pub which focuses on drinks and there is always a buzzy cosy atmosphere in here. The beer garden has been recently made over and has a really special ambient feel. The Bank of Friendship does not offer food, but does partner with Yard Sale Pizza (also on Blackstock road) if you do get hungry.
The restaurants of Islington and upper street are all of course equally easy to access, Prawn on the lawn and Trullo are two personal favourites, and again just a ten minute walk situated by Highbury corner roundabout.
With all this on your doorstep why would you want to leave? However, if you do, you are lucky enough to benefit from excellent public transport links, with overground and underground available just ten minutes away at Highbury and Islington station you can be in Soho or Oxford St in ten minutes tube journey. If you head in East from the flat you also have Canonbury overground just ten minutes walk away which is great should you want to head East or South East across London. For those more active the local roads have recently benefited from upgrades to cycle ways that make even the most nervous cyclists feel safe, providing another great transport choice.
What is parking like?
You can apply for a resident parking permit on the road or also apply for a car parking space in the courtyard behind the block (this has less availability), discounted vouchers are available for visitor parking on application also.
How busy is the road, is it quiet at night?
The bedroom is really quiet as it is situated at the back of the flat, the living room faces onto the more busy road so you will still see buses passing but the traffic really is minimal outside of rush hour
I'm currently working from home, how does that work in this property?
I work in the main living area by the window on my table the light and internet is good and I found this to be a great spot for all those virtual team meetings.
What's the internet like?
What's the boiler like?
Brand new combi boiler last year with a 10 yr warranty
Are we able to do any work/extensions?
Internal improvements can be made with freeholder consent, extensions wouldn't be possible.