Just off Stamford Hill above Stoke Newington is this pretty two-bedroom flat on the fourth floor of a purpose-built block. With an inviting open-plan living space and nicely proportioned bedrooms, it’s a great first-time buy in a fun and friendly corner of the capital.
Berwyn House, Stoke Newington, 2 Bed. Flat
A surprise find in a quiet nook near Stoke Newington, this two-bedroom flat feels friendly and inviting, with just a touch of cheeky luxe. The bar between the striking black-and-white kitchen and cheerful living room is ideal for cosy breakfasts or lively gatherings, and the clever design allows light to flow in from big sash windows on both sides. Two quiet bedrooms open off a central hallway, ideal for a couple working from home or a pair of flatmates. An antique wood vanity nicely complements the geometrically tiled shower room, and bold black paint brings a bit of drama to the original fireplaces. All told, it’s a thoughtfully designed little roost looking down on a buzzy, beloved neighbourhood. The independent shops, eateries, pubs and nightspots along Stoke Newington High and Church Streets are all walkable. Nearby parks are plentiful, from the winding gothic paths of Abney Park to the wilds of Woodberry Wetlands to the pretty green of Springfield Park. Stoke Newington station is a quick stroll away, which puts Liverpool Street less than 30 minutes from the doorstep.
My favourite things about this flat are the giant west-facing windows, the huge trees outside and the beautiful light that floods in, especially around sunset. I also love the open-plan kitchen and living space, which is perfect for having friends over for sitdown dinners. The bar is great for laying out food and drinks for larger gatherings. The area has so much to offer. There are so many amazing restaurants, pubs and shops along Church Street and Stoke Newington High Street. Many of the businesses are owned by locals, and there’s a lovely neighbourhood friendliness at places like Nature London and 215 Hackney. Abney Park cemetery is great for a weekend stroll, while Springfield Park offers great views of London and the River Lea. Across the river, there’s Walthamstow Marshes and Wetlands, which make you feel like you’ve left London behind altogether!
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D.
In the Borough of Hackney, the flat falls into Council Tax Band B (£1175).
One of 23 in the building, the flat is leasehold with 94 years remaining, annual grand rent of £9 and a service charge of £832.80 (collected monthly).
Explore East London
1 Springfield Park and Walthamstow Wetlands
On one side of the River Lea is Springfield Park, a hidden gem with cricket pitch, café, pond and bandstand. On the other side is Walthamstow Wetlands, a vast wetland nature reserve and twitcher’s paradise, home to cormorants, tufted ducks, herons and dozens of other species of birds. Eat, drink and shop in the Engine House, or just take in the wonders of this urban wilderness.
With an exciting mix of Spanish mains and fresh Scottish seafood in chic industrial setting, this is our favourite spot for taking friends and family for a special night out without leaving the area. As you enter, stools around a bar look over the open kitchen with chefs preparing oysters and scallops. At the back, a relaxed but stylish restaurant serves wonderfully modern Spanish dishes. Encantamous!
3 The Clarence Tavern
This steller pub was recently highlighted as one of the best roasts in the country by The Observer magazine. Excellent food and wine, right next to Clissold Park.
4 Stoke Newington Bookshop
Like all good bookshops this is much more than a place to buy something to read. Stoke Newington Bookshop been part of this community for 30 years, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff are quick to offer reading advice. Come here for talks from local authors or to read to little ones in the lovely children’s corner.
5 The Good Egg
Delicious bagels and babkas. Need we say more!