This spacious, redesigned three-bedroom flat with garden spans the two lower floors of a pretty Victorian conversion in Stoke Newington. Its unique yet functional layout makes this home a fantastic choice for a singleton, couple or young family just starting out.
Brooke Road is situated halfway between Stoke Newington High Street and Upper Clapton Road, which puts some of east London’s best independent boutiques, eateries and night spots minutes away. This leafy residential enclave is lined with grand Victorian houses and is a short stroll from both Rectory Road and Clapton Overground stations, making journeys into town a cinch.
Brooke Road, Stoke Newington, 3 Bed. House
The care and effort put into the reconfiguration of this lovely three-bedroom flat has paid off in spades. The reception, kitchen and dining room are all separate but retain a connection and natural flow from room to room. It's a clever use of the space that lets light filter through all day.
Another obvious draw is the wonderful garden. Accessed from the glass conservatory, a patch of lawn and pathway leads to a raised decked terrace. This layout lends itself perfectly to entertaining, allowing for zoned-off areas framed by vertical creeping plants, grapevines and neat flower beds. The galley kitchen has plenty of storage and features three skylight windows to take advantage of the light from above.
Then there’s that beautiful, sun-drenched upstairs bedroom. A large bay window with wooden shutters provides a view to the front garden, and a gorgeous fireplace with Mediterranean-style tiling and whitewashed brickwork adds to the charm. And bespoke floor-to-ceiling wardrobes maximise every inch of available space.
THE OWNERS SAY
We've loved every minute of living in our home. The sense of community in the area is like nothing we've experienced in central London before. The house is situated close enough to Church Street and everything it offers, but far enough away to be very peaceful. Sitting in the back garden, sometimes it's easy to forget the city is so close.
There's no shortage of living space to relax, but we tend to spend most mornings and evenings taking advantage of the conservatory—with the doors wide open in the summer—watching the butterflies, birds and squirrels in the garden.
If we do say so ourselves, we’re pretty proud of the neat, temporary, double bed in the study/guest room, which we built to fold out from the wall and back again for safe-spacing efficiency.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: C & Environmental Impact Rating: C
In the borough of Hackney, the flat falls into council tax band C (£1,221.73 for 2018/2019).
The annual £230 service charge is paid monthly, and there is a programme in place with a maintenance company at £136 per month, covering things like buildings insurance and work on the building as needed.
With more than 1100 square feet of internal space, the flat is a bigger than most conversions we’ve come across, and there is only one other flat in the building.
The current owners have updated the basement and created a great flow throughout, closing some doors in the lounge and dining room and creating extra storage areas under the stairs; waterproofing and installing new flooring; adding new plumbing in lounge/dining room; and installing a new kitchen and bathroom.
Besides the lively surrounds, there are many green spaces and playgrounds nearby. Stoke Newington Common, Hackney Downs, Clissold Park and Springfield Park are all within walking distance.
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This small eatery is the original Sodo Pizza post where you’ll find the most delicious, crispy sourdough-based pizzas this side of London. If you can’t secure one of their few tables, the canteen style shared space allows for a fun and buzzy vibe. Don’t let the limited menu put you off, everything on there is done to perfection. Their booze list is also spot on.
An absolute stalwart for anyone in E5, this long-standing pub has something for all seasons, whether that’s a beer in the garden in summer, or a cosy fire to sit around in winter. Expect gastro pub grub, decent ale, and good vibes.
What was once the Clapton Tram Depot is now a haven of botanical delights, serving deliciously local food in the café, and crowd-pleasing Sunday roasts at the Clapton Country Club. And if you’re not in the mood for food, you could go to one of the many fitness classes on offer at BLOK – high intensity training anyone?