Beautifully restored and tended, this five-bedroom Edwardian house is packed with joyful character. Overlooking Abbotts Park and with a delightful south-facing garden, it is an urban sanctuary in the bustling heart of Leyton.
Fletcher Lane, Leyton, 5 Bed. House
THE OWNER SAYS
We have loved living in this house. From the moment we saw it, we knew it had good bones. It's bigger than most homes in the area, and the side passage means the garden is wider.
We have put lots of thought into transforming it over the years, ensuring that any improvements we made were of good quality and would last. We've particularly enjoyed the loft conversion, which is really quiet and peaceful. We're keen gardeners, so we've planted up the garden with fruit trees that are prolific in season. We often find ourselves having to give away produce apricots, peaches, apples, pears, plums and figs to neighbours.
The neighbourhood is full of young families and long-term residents, and we're spoilt for local places to eat and drink – Gravity Well brewery under the arches is particularly good. We're very close to the station but not close enough to hear it. You can be in central London in 25 minutes, but walks in Epping Forest are also within easy reach. We'll be very sad to leave!
A beautiful stained glass front door welcomes you into this spacious, comfortable home, ready to be moved into and enjoyed. The house has undergone a top-to-bottom transformation by the current owners, who have shown true dedication to the house's legacy. They have made careful decisions everywhere you look, such as using hardwood when replacing the old sash windows and installing cast iron radiators. Nothing feels off the shelf. And there are personal touches, too, such as the kitchen worktop, which is Purbeck marble from the current owner's family Dorset quarry.
The house is teeming with lovely spaces, from the soothing sitting room with a bespoke library wall to the get-away-from-it-all bedroom on the top floor. There is personality everywhere you look. And that extends outside. The current owners have poured their heart and soul into creating a beautiful outdoor space as well, where you can sit underneath a canopy of fruit trees –– apricots, peaches, apples, pears, plums and figs.
Fletcher Lane has one of those pinch-me locations, overlooking the attractive Abbotts park, which is well stocked for activities, including tennis courts and a playground. The park has a personal connection, too – look out for the stone with ammonite fossil, as it was donated by the owner's stone mason brother! Leyton itself is a gem, well-connected to the city and green spaces, good schools and buzzing with places to guzzle and graze, with a passionate community - it's the perfect place to plant roots of your own.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Current Energy Rating D. Potential Energy Rating C.
In the borough of Waltham Forest, the house falls into Band D (£1,939 in 2022/23)
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £160, Electricity £80, Water £30
The owners have reimagined the entire house, adding a kitchen extension and loft conversion. The sash windows have been restored or replaced. New wiring and plumbing and a new boiler and cast iron radiators have been installed. The outside also has a makeover, with shrubs, trees and a new workshop in the side passage.
Fletcher Lane couldn’t be much closer to Leyton Midland station if it tried. It’s a mere 2-minute walk to jump on the Overground, to get into the city or escape it. Alternatively, it is 12-minute walk to Leytonstone station (Central line) or a short bus ride to Walthamstow (Victoria line).
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