Brimming with character, this one-bedroom flat in the heart of Bethnal Green puts the East End in your back pocket.
Cephas Avenue, Bethnal Green, 1 Bed. Flat
Part of a handsome Victorian terrace, this one-bedroom flat in Bethnal Green has personality to match. Spanning the two uppermost floors, the home provides clearly delineated spaces with living and entertaining on one level and privacy and solitude on the other.
On the first, the open-plan living room is simply bursting with character. The combination of exposed brickwork along one side, including pleasing arches and fireplaces, stripped pine boards and exposed wooden beams, creates a melange of textures and immediately draws you in. It's functional, too. The walnut worktop provides additional counter space and helps to zone the cooking area, while the lounge, tucked around the corner of the L-shaped room, feels distinct.
In the attic above, the bedroom with sloped ceilings and enveloped in warm, dusky pink seems a world away. It's a gorgeous, grown-up space and a proper refuge. On the stairs up, the owners have installed a skylight, which has helped illuminate a potentially dark corner. They've pulled off the same trick in the bathroom, where a large skylight bathes you and the room in natural light. You can also lie in the tub at night and watch the stars.
Cephas Avenue is in the heart of the old East End, surrounded by the charm and character you'd hope for and the stellar 'locals' you'd expect. You're never far from a decent bakery, café or bar, and there's something to keep all ages occupied. Stepney City Farm is a winner for small people, and the basketball and tennis courts at Bethnal Green Gardens are within easy reach.
THE OWNERS SAY
We've been very happy here (our first home together) for years and will be sad to say goodbye. We immediately fell in love with it –– the exposed brick, original floorboards, and beams. It's so peaceful and hidden away at the top of the house; it adds a level of separation from the living area and the outside world.
We adore the area, too! It's the perfect balance of being tucked out of the way yet having everything on your doorstep. We don’t have to go far to enjoy independent cinemas, great cafés, pubs, and bakeries. Plus, you can reach the Regent's Canal, Victoria Park or Shoreditch on foot in around 15 minutes. We've built a great relationship with our neighbours; everyone is very respectful, and the gentleman next door even brings us freshly grown vegetables from his garden in the summer!
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC):
Current Energy Rating D. Potential Energy Rating C.
The property falls into Band B (£1,229 in 2023/24) in the borough of Tower Hamlets.
Current monthly costs are approx: Electricity £30, Gas £30 and Water £30.
Leasehold with approximately 108 years left on the lease.
£130 per month.
Included in the service charge.
In the building, there are 2 flats in total.
The current owners have installed Velux skylights in the hallway, bathroom and bedroom.
Transport options are plentiful and hassle-free. In under five minutes, you can be at Stepney Green Underground, where you can pick up the Hammersmith and City or District line. Alternatively, head to nearby Bethnal Green Underground for the Central line. In the opposite direction, you can hop on the Elizabeth line or the Overground from Whitechapel, giving you easy access to the City and beyond.
The owners are actively looking and have seen a property they like.
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to provide accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these should be intended as a guide. Total floor plan measurements are sometimes rounded for ease, and distances are approximated. Purchasers should always satisfy themselves through personal inspection.
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Independent, arthouse cinema showcasing a broad spectrum of film, from Hollywood to independents. There is a gallery space for local artists to hold exhibitions and the recent addition of a foyer cafe has added a welcoming touch.
An absolute gem of a local park. Shoot some hoops, stick on your roller skates, or just soak up the vibes in the summer sun. The tennis courts are even lit up through the winter, so you can get your racket-fix all year round.
Whatever tickles your fancy, this iconic bakery has the goods to make you smile. Whether you’re in the mood for challah, sourdough or Danish pastries, you’re covered, And don’t even try leaving before you try their heavenly ‘crodoughs’.
Pubs don’t come more East End than this. Grab yourself a gourmet pie and mash and wash it down with some tasty ale, served by warm and welcoming staff. It’s a big hit with the locals, who’ll probably be more like friends by the end of the night.
A great place for the little ones, the museum has a huge collection of toys and games from over the centuries, with fun exhibitions, activities and demonstrations. A great place to run the little froglets ragged.