This charming two-bedroom apartment, positioned on the first floor of an impressive turn-of-the-century mansion block in leafy Dartmouth Park – a short walk from Hampstead Heath – boasts perfect proportions and light-filled spaces.
Croftdown Road, Dartmouth Park, 2 Bed. Flat
Flanked by a row of imposing London plane trees, this handsome brick block – one of a cluster that lines pretty Croftdown Road – meets the street by way of an attractive, wrap-around communal garden. Continuing through an arched doorway and up the stairs, a delightful two-bedroom apartment that effortlessly honours its 120-year history awaits.
A central hall forms the spine of the flat, giving it a satisfying symmetry: one room flows to the next via this airy entranceway, and light streams in from all angles. The apartment enjoys that rare combination of period features (cornicing, high ceilings, and a striking fireplace) within a purpose-built block, meaning the rooms are generous in size and everything has its place. Large sash windows on opposing sides of the property allow the kitchen and bathroom on one elevation to catch the rising sun, while the master bedroom and living room on the other are bathed with light in the afternoon.
An exploration of the local area yields more delights. Waterlow Park, a 26-acre oasis occupying a steep hillside in Highgate, is practically at the end of the street, offering spectacular views across London. If the distant sight of skyscrapers feels too urban, the woodland and meadow wilderness that is nearby Hampstead Heath promises to whisk you out of the city in an instant.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating of D.
In the London Borough of Camden, the property falls into Council Tax Band C (£1,528.41 in 2021/22).
One of eight in the building, the flat comes with 99-year lease. Ground rent is collected as part of the service charge, currently £1,350 per year (collected annually or quarterly).
The current owners have installed a new kitchen and boiler in the five years they have lived in the property.
Currently monthly utility costs run at gas £80, electricity £80 and water £70.
THE OWNERS SAY
We love popping to the ponds for a swim and then grabbing a sausage sandwich at the farmers market and we always enjoy the view of London from the top of Waterlow Park - a great spot for a coffee.
The independent shops on Swains Lane and York Rise and delicious food at The Bull and Last (or any of the other yummy gastropubs in the area, like The Flask, or the Tufnell Park Tavern!) are great for lazily whiling away the weekend. And now we have a child, being able to walk to four different playgrounds within seven minutes, or pop to the library, just over the road, is amazing!
There is a real community feel in the area, with the York Rise street party, Highgate Literary Society events in the building opposite the flat and neighbours days at Highgate Cemetery, just five minutes up the road. But for us, the best thing is living in zone 2, but feeling like you're in the country!
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.
Explore North London
1 Parliament Hill Fields
This historic green space has great facilities, including tennis courts, a running track and a brilliant weekend farmers’ market. The view from the top of the hill itself gives an iconic view of London.
2 Theatre of Wine
Established in 2002, this local wine merchant has become renowned far and wide for its impeccably curated selection of wine and spirits. A friendly face is always on hand to guide and inform about what fits your taste or chosen meal best. The only thing to be careful of is not getting seduced into spending more money than anticipated. It's easily done.
3 Norman's Cafe
Norman's is an old-school cafe serving classic British grub, but with a twist - it also doubles as a wine bar in the evenings. Truly the best of both worlds.
4 Lost Boys Pizza
A restaurant and cocktail bar and event space themed off the 80s cult favourite ‘The Lost Boys’, featuring jet black, charcoal pizza dough and free film screenings in The Crypt.
5 Aces & Eights
A lively, multi-purpose venue to go a see a live show, grab a pizza, drink beer, or explore their extensive whisky offering.