Comments from the owner:
Top 3 things you love about your home
1. The flowing layout of the flat allows you to flexibly balance the need for practical spaces to live and work, while also being able to enjoy time spent at home or even to easily entertain friends and family. There are spacious, bright rooms to set up as you need, whether you're working from home or need the extra space for kids. There's also the terrace which puts you above most properties in the area, offering an unrestricted view east towards Clissold Park and north towards Finsbury Park, and where I've spent many a weekend day or evening with friends and loved ones, enjoying a drink or meal.
2. Having lived in several different kinds of flats before, I'm thankful for the security, quiet and peace of mind of living in this building, on the top floor with only the one neighbour. London can be a stressful place to live in sometimes so the flat can be an oasis of peace given how secure it is - secure outside doors with a video intercom, neighbours happy to keep an eye out or receive packages for you, triple door locks, and an integrated alarm system means you have one less thing to worry about.
3. It's fantastic how bright it is in the flat thanks to the large windowed doors and windows. When living in London you get a lot of grey so being able to fully enjoy the light and sunshine, whether inside the flat or relaxing on the terrace, is a real treat. And when if it's too hot you can always pop open the doors and sit just inside while still enjoying the light and views.
Three things we love about the area.
1. The lively local scene. My personal favourite is the Bank of Friendship pub, with its welcoming team, delightful mix of punters, and sublime rear garden to wile away your hours. You can even curl up by the fireplace in the winter with your favourite book and a glass of mulled wine. You can also brunch to your heart's content. Cafe Beam, Frank's, Fink's, Cinnamon Village - all just a few minutes away, with a smattering of independent shops along the high street offering anything from women-focused books to family pottery classes to seasonal farm produce.
2. The flat is close to the very lively Stoke Newington and Dalston neighborhoods, known for their excellent food, drink, shopping and entertainment options. There are also genuinely great transport links in the area, including the recently redeveloped Finsbury Park station. There's also Arsenal, Canonbury and Highbury stations nearby and bus stops just outside they flat that take you straight to Angel, London Bridge or Oxford Circus - my parents love how easy it is to travel in to the city when they visit. With generous on street parking and bicycle storage, getting around is a cinch.
3. Clissold Park. What a brilliant park, with everything you could possibly want: playgrounds, a cafe, tennis courts, ponds, canals, animals, paddling pools, the list goes on. Also adjacent to the park is a climbing centre and a reservoir for open swimming. Lockdown would have been so much harder for me if not for the daily escape that was Clissold.
1. Why are you selling?
I'm planning to move abroad, though I wish I could bring this flat and neighbourhood with me! I'm thrilled someone else will get to enjoy this lovely space and neighborhood though - it's been the best decision of my life to live here.
2. What's the area like?
It's a great community, many people here have lived in the area for generations and many have strong connections to Arsenal football club. There are lots of familiar faces wherever you go, and its easy to get involved in any of the micro-communities that form around local businesses or the wider group via NextDoor. The love people have for one another really shows, whether it's the lending library at Arsenal station, the way local legends are celebrated, or how people have looked out for one another, local businesses and organisations during these trying times.
3. What is parking like?
Parking is very easy! You can get a permit to park right outside the flat, from Islington council for about £150 a year. You can also easily get short-stay parking permits for visitors (buy and print off at home).
4. How busy is the road, is it quiet at night?
Blackstock Road does have some traffic flow during the day being a mixed commercial and residential street but is fairly quiet at night. Being on the top floor ensures some quiet, and additionally the master bedroom faces a no-through-way side street rather than the main road.
5. I'm currently working from home, how does that work in this property?
I work at home as well and it's great! Being able to park up in the kitchen in the morning with the sunshine pouring through the large window doors along the living room is a wonderful way to start the work day. I also work in the second bedroom, and again, the floor-to-ceiling windows ensure I'm not relying on artificial light or lacking fresh air in the afternoons. And once in a while I love to sit on the terrace floor to catch up on emails while listening to music and enjoying the breeze. The second bedroom could even be converted into a spacious home office if not needed as a bedroom.
6. What's the internet like?
Excellent - I have BT's fastest internet plan and have only ever had one outage (for a day) in 5 years. There are also discussions ongoing to survey and install fibre services to the building, which means the country's fastest internet options will also soon be available to you.
7. What's the boiler like?
It's a Megaflo electric cylinder, which heats the water overnight or on command with the booster button. Water pressure is very good and a mechanical timer allows you to ensure that hot water is readily available at any time of the day while keeping electricity costs down.
8. Are we able to do any work/extensions?
I have not looked into this before, but I can't see why any reasonable work would not be possible.