It’s not often you can lay claim to living in a home steeped in history, but that’s what’s on offer in this flawless, two-bedroom apartment on the third floor of the original Burberry factory in Hackney.
Chatham Place, Hackney Central, 2 Bed. Flat
THE OWNERS SAY
The tall ceilings and large windows had me hooked from the start. The goal was to live in a place with character, which felt spacious and let in copious amounts of light. This flat ticked every box. It is also located perfectly within the building to catch beautiful sunsets of varying shades in the early evening during the summer, which I often enjoy while entertaining friends on the balcony with a glass of wine. And in the winter, the underfloor heating changed my life!
Ben, the concierge, is brilliant. Friendly and on hand for receiving packages or allowing access to friends or tradespeople. The neighbours are also lovely. At Christmas, they come out on their balconies to sing carols, and trick-or-treating is arranged for the children at Halloween.
The flat is so well located. Being a 5-minute walk to Hackney Central station makes it so easy to duck in and out of central London. My favourite local place is the Chesham Arms – a lovely community pub you can walk to in two minutes. You can even order-in pizzas from the equally impressive Yard Sale Pizza!
The Textile Building in Hackney Central is a union of old and new. The heritage of a 19th Century factory, but modernised to create an artistic and comfortable home in a coveted city location.
On first impression, the wow factor is undoubtedly the floor-to-ceiling Crittal windows that frame the exterior and bathe the flat in light. There is a natural flow to the layout. The seamless living space is open-plan yet has clearly defined areas. The balcony runs along the length of the flat and is our absolute favourite spot. With seductive vistas of the cityscape and treetops, it is where you can enjoy a morning coffee or entertain late into the evening.
The rest of the immaculate space is just as appealing. Character comes naturally, with the lofty ceiling height being the tallest in the block. The vast windows are echoed in the bedroom and reflected in the bespoke mirrored wardrobes, enhancing space and light even more. Designed for comfort, the under-floor heating is a welcome luxury, and storage is abundant – heaven for those who like to live an uncluttered life.
Smack bang in the middle of Hackney, living at The Textile Building means you have access to excellent transport links across the capital. But you mightn’t want to stray far with Mare Street and Chatsworth Road within striking distance. And when you’re in the mood for some laid-back living, meander along to Broadway Market or the open spaces of Victoria Park and London Fields.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Currently energy rating C. Potential rating C.
In the borough of Hackney, the flat falls into Band D (£1,671 in 2022/23).
990 years left on the lease.
Ground rent & service charge:
Ground rent is £300 pa. The service charge is approximately £2,400 pa, with insurance charged separately. The service charge includes concierge, cleaning, lighting, general maintenance and decorating of communal areas, intercom, lifts, walkways, fire safety checks, as well as bike store maintenance.
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £30, Electricity £45, Water £15.
The current owner has invested in built-in wardrobes in both bedrooms. They were an expensive investment but worth every penny as they provide fantastic storage up to the ceiling!
With Hackney Central a short walk away, you’re in the perfect spot for accessing the Overground network, which sprawls out across the city. Alternatively, jump on one of the many buses that pass through that connect with the rest of the capital, or hop on a bike and fast-track into town on the super speedy Cycle Highway 14.
The Textile Building was converted into 86 apartments in 2014. Cladding works have been completed on the building, and there is a valid EWS1 form.
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