On the ground floor of a handsome Victorian mansion block lies this classic and equally elegant two bedroom flat. Dramatically and respectfully restored by the current owners, it has an array of architectural touches and an authentic period feel. Combined with the contemporary, high-end finishes, it makes for a very special home indeed.
Cathcart Hill, Tufnell Park, 2 Bed. Flat
There’s so much to love about this mansion flat. From the generous proportions – both bedrooms are big doubles, to the extensive period detailing, everything you reasonably wish for is here. Highlights for us include the broad bay window in the master bedroom, picture rails, high-ceilings, stripped wooden boards and cast iron radiators. Added together they imbue the space with an unmistakable Victorian character.
We reserve a special mention for the light-filled open plan kitchen and reception room at the back. Any cook would love this functional and sociable space, with a traditional-style range cooker, wide open shelving and butler sink which overlooks the garden. A feature is rightfully made of the wood-burner too; framed by a modern graphic tiled hearth, it's a fabulous focal point.
Oh, and there is also a communal garden too – a pretty and private sanctuary to enjoy.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: D
Part of the borough of Islington, the flat falls into Council Tax Band D (£1,429 for 2018/2019).
Service charges total £1,535.40 per year and are paid monthly. This sum covers regular cleaning of communal areas, maintenance, groundwork and gardening. Ground rent is £350 per year.
In addition to the various transport options, barflies will be happy to know that three different night buses stop at the end of the road, so getting back from town late at night is a cinch.
As part of the extensive refurbishment of the property, the current owners have also soundproofed much of the property, insulated under the floorboards, as well as replacing the older metal windows with new, double glazed sash windows, making it quieter and warmer.
THE OWNERS SAY
We’ve absolutely loved living in this part of London; indeed it’s so much home to us now that we’ll only be moving a few streets away! Our local, St John’s, serves the best gastro food we’ve ever tasted, while the Southampton Arms has countless craft beers, only two wines (red or white) and a record player behind the bar. Plus it’s an easy 10-minute walk to Hampstead Heath where we swim all summer and ramble through autumn and winter.
Since we opened up the walls of the flat the light streams in all day long, and a lazy day spent bird watching from the sofa or sun lounging in the garden is our favourite Sunday at home. Behind our garden is a little park, which only serves this triangle of three streets, so it feels very remote from the rest of the world. In winter, we cuddle up in front of the wood-burner, and the high ceilings and big walls allow us to project films for our own movie nights!
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to maintain accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these are intended as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection. Total floorplan measurements have been rounded for ease. Distances are also provided as an approximate.
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