Comments from the owner:
Top 3 things you love about your home
1. This flat has the best orientation one could possibly wish (east-west). The bedrooms are light filled in the morning, making for the perfect breakfast in bed ever. And from the afternoon the light floods into the living room and kitchen (our favourite place, we love cooking)
2. The space distribution is very neat, the flat is fairly square so there isn't any wasted area, the rooms are well proportioned, and with enough storage to fit our needs in the entrance, hallway and kitchen.The kitchen is big enough for family meals. It's the perfect spot for the four of us to comfortably sit for meals or simply chill out while cooking.
3. The flat has always been very quiet. It is a pleasure to be able to sleep with opened windows during the warm months, creating a lovely breeze in the flat.
Three things we love about the area.
1. The range of pubs, shops, restaurant/cafes and cultural venues is unbelievable, not only Holloway but not that far on Upper Street which is only 15-minute walk but in the whole area. Cuisines from all over the world (Korean, Ethiopian, French,Afghan Kitchen and Italian pizzeria but so many more!), quality cafes/bakeries (Peche Mignon bakery is amazing) amazing gastro pubs (Duchess of Kent and The Albion being 2 of our favourite closest ones) and the all-important traditional pub! (Earl of Essex,). There are cinemas (Odeon on Holloway, View at Angel, Screen on the Green on Upper Street), Sobell leisure centre, tennis (Islington Tennis centre on Market Road), swimming pools (Highbury and Caledonian) and theatres (Pleasance Theatre) within walking distance.
We go to the Islington Farmers Market every Sunday. A nice 20 min walk through the lovely Barnsbury or less than 10 min bus ride (bus 153 which stop at our doorstep takes us to Finsbury Park or the Barbican via Angel)
2. Very family/children friendly neighbourhood, with a choice of several outstanding primary schools (Sacred Heart, St Mary and Magdalene CoE, Thornhill) in the borough within walking distance. Our sons attended Brecknock Primary School (Camden) which is 15 minutes' walk from home. There are many parks, playgrounds, leisure centres and outdoors spaces to enjoy with kids and teenagers. Our local park, Paradise Park, includes a children playground, a nursery and children centre, Freighliners City Farm (great for small children), outdoor gym and open space green ideal for picnics. We also love hanging out at Caledonian Park (opposite the tennis centre) newly redesigned with a playground, a cafe and great running space for children, its Clocktower is worth a visit.
3. It is a very central area, while still retaining that small community feel which makes it very welcoming. With great transport links into town and other major transport hubs (King's Cross (less than10mins) and superb cycling connections. We often take lovely walks in Regent's canal, both towards East London (Broadway Market, Columbia Flower Market, Victoria Park) or West (King's Cross and the beautiful Coal's Yard, Camden, etc.). Canonbury and it's New River walk is 10min walk away, don't forget to Shop at Nourished Communities if you missed the the Sunday Farmers market
1. Why are you selling?
We have loved living in our flat for the past 11 years with our two sons, but since they are growing into teenagers we feel the need for a bit more space, so now it is the right time to move on.
2. What's the area like?
Angel/Islington and Archway/Holloway are incredible and vibrant areas, it offers all the amenities and you can think of, from big supermarkets to small delicatessen specialised shops (Provisions), big chain cinemas to small independent cinemas, pubs, music venues and theatres to suit any taste.
3. What is parking like?
Even though we do not own a car (we cycle everywhere from here, using the superb cycling routes in the area), there are private parking spaces in the building managed by Islington Council. There are standard parking spaces in the area for which you can acquire parking vouchers for. We always have a stack of them for when we get visitors and it's always been easy to find a close spot. There are also garages to rent on the estate.
4. How busy is the road, is it quiet at night?
The flat has always been very quiet. The traffic is very low and it's far enough from the main roads. Our long stay visitors were always surprised how quiet the flat is.
5. I'm currently working from home, how does that work in this property? There is plenty of space to make it possible for two people to comfortably work from home and having remote schooling in our flat (we have been doing it over the lockdowns!). There is ample space in both living room and bedrooms to set up a working/study station as well as on our large kitchen table.
6. What's the internet like?
We use TalkTalk and EE routers. The FiBer is being connected.
7. What's the boiler like?
It's a common boiler for hot water and heating It rarely fails, when it does the council sends contractors straight away. The water pressure in the bathroom needs a booster. We have installed a pressure pump under the bath tub which gives us a perfect shower.
8. Are we able to do any work/extensions?
No extension in the roof is possible. For other major works you will have to ask for planning permission to the Council.
The radiators and double glazing windows have been installed by the council in the last 8 years. No major works planned.
Accommodation comprises open entrance with inbuilt storage, leading into the bright and spacious reception room with ample space for relaxing. The separate kitchen comprises a range of matching wall and base units with work surfaces incorporating inset sink unit, gas hob with overhead extractor (replacement needed) and electric oven below, and further space for appliances. There are two well sized double bedrooms, plus a family bathroom with WC.
The property is superbly located within a short walk of both Holloway Road and Caledonian Road (5-7min walks from both underground stations), as well as numerous regular bus routes all providing exceptional cross-London connections. The area is well served by a fashionable array of shops, pubs, restaurants and amenities.