Found on a row of handsome Victorian townhouses in Kentish Town is this stylish three-bedroom home spanning multiple floors. Stunning historic features are enhanced by contemporary design and colour, capped off with a lofty roof terrace and sun-trap courtyard garden.
Grafton Road, Kentish Town, 3 Bed. House
This impressive mid-terrace house in the heart of Kentish Town is replete with exquisite detailing and two outdoor spaces, including a roof-top terrace with views across north London.
The ground floor contains an expansive living-dining room that leads to a beautiful kitchen, which the interior-designer owner has revamped with bespoke units. From here, an intimate white-walled courtyard offers outdoor space equipped for al-fresco dining. Above, on the middle floor, there are two double bedrooms and a large bathroom containing a walk-in shower and roll-top bath.
Almost every room showcases ornate cornicing, original floorboards and decorative mantelpieces. The upper floor is dominated by a luxurious principal bedroom, with walk-in wardrobe and access to the decked roof terrace.
Brilliantly located, the house is within easy walking distance of Kentish Town’s two stations, plus a seemingly endless list of splendid pubs, cafes and shops; the location ticks all the boxes. Not far away (at the end of the street, in fact) is Parliament Hill with its lido and year-round swimming. Also nearby are Regent’s Canal and an abundance of arts and entertainment options – from a local pottery club to the Zabludowicz Collection art gallery – that put Grafton Road at the heart of the action.
THE OWNER SAYS
We have such an amazing and eclectic area around here that I would just love for the next owners to explore! The recording studio and cafe across the road run chess nights on Wednesdays as well as spoken word and film nights! On the high street, we have the Kentish Town Library of Things, an initiative that is helping to reduce waste by allowing you to borrow items like a projector or ice cream maker.
There’s a multitude of independent shops such as Phoenicia (which has the best olive bar), Kossoffs (a multi-generation bakery with the most incredible viennoiserie –– go for the miso chive swirls and the hazelnut dark chocolate croissants!), and Kentish Town Stores, a coffee shop and workspace that also sells homeware from local potters.
For some greenery, if you walk straight down Grafton Road to its end, you reach Parliament Hill with its weekend farmers market, and there is also Kentish Town City Farm. We are in a very French area due to there being a large French school nearby, so we also have some lovely businesses such as Patron Cave a Manger (a French bistro), Authentique (a French wine bar and deli), Tabac (a cocktail bar that is styled around the idea of an old fashioned French corner shop) and much more. I could honestly go on for days about the area! We also happen to be right by Camden Town Brewery and The Fields Beneath, a vegan cafe that runs regular wine tasting nights.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
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In the London Borough of Camden, the flat falls into Council Tax Band F (£2,588.35 for 2022/23).
Up to date, monthly utility costs run at gas £80, electricity £80, water £40 and other bills at £35.
The current owners have relayed the decking, installed weatherproof electrics on the terrace and damp-proofed, re-plastered and redecorated the kitchen with bespoke units from Finch of London. The main bedroom has been re-plastered, and a walk-in wardrobe was created to provide additional storage space. A new fuse box has also been added so that the property is compliant with regulations (untested by Brickworks) should the next owners want to rent it out.
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