Perched atop an incredible schoolhouse conversion in Holloway sits this bright and beautiful two-bedroom flat with two roof terraces. Awash in light both inside and out, this home is a modern marvel within a Victorian masterpiece.
Steps away from Holloway Road tube and all the shops, restaurants and pubs beyond, this flat is in an ideal spot for workday commutes and everyday outings. The green of Highbury Fields is a quick jaunt away, too, when you’re not entertaining on those sunbathed terraces.
Hornsey Road, Holloway, 2 Bed. Flat
A sunlit modern expanse of living space inside the gothic shell of a Victorian-era schoolhouse, this two-bedroom penthouse flat inspires more than a few gasps, especially when taking in the panoramic views of London from its two(!) rooftop terraces. Drenched in light from its quadruple-aspect windows and plentiful skylights, this is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind space, purpose-built for entertaining, day or night, any time of year.
Clever design touches—the gorgeous burlwood wet bar, tonness of bespoke shelving and storage, a sleek modern fireplace and projector TV-ready overmantel—make even more of this flat’s ample square footage. The communal areas are big, bright and welcoming. Yet the bedrooms feel private, self-contained and peaceful.
Both bedrooms and the open-plan living space lead onto the swoonworthy terraces, with views over Emirates Stadium and eastward. It’s rare to find this much combined indoor and outdoor space in the beating heart of north London, and even rarer to find it in such a unique, thoughtfully designed flat.
THE OWNERS SAY
Lateral space, height and light: that’s what made us fall in love with our home from the moment we first walked in. It’s a rare space that can accommodate 15 people without feeling full, has windows on four sides—mostly facing south—and isn’t overlooked in any way. On the daybeds outside in the blazing sunshine, surrounded by plants, reading a book in peaceful privacy is our favourite place to be in the whole world.
The flat has been a wonderful place for our young family and all our friends to gather together. We love the centrality of the area, the ease of hosting and our sun terraces. We will miss Highbury Fields, all the great restaurants and playgrounds of Islington, Holloway and Kings Cross, the perfect quiet and unbroken views across London and of course, our lovely neighbours.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: C & Environmental Impact Rating: C
In the Borough of Islington, the house falls into Council Tax Band G (£2,148 for 2019/20).
One of 24 in the building, the flat has 120 years remaining on the lease and a ground rent of £300 p.a. There is a service charge of £400 per month.
Over the past five years, the current owners have replaced laminate flooring with wooden floorboards and carried out extensive carpentry and cabinet making throughout the flat.
The flat is a three-minute walk from Holloway Road tube station on the Piccadilly Line, with direct service to Kings Cross in 15 minutes. Highbury Fields is strollable, as is Finsbury Park. Not to mention all the shops, pubs and restaurants lining Holloway Road all the way to Islington.
Explore North London
Directly across the road from the Emirates, this tiny unassuming little restaurant serves up a feast of probably the best Chinese in North London. Sharing dishes from Xi’an (best known as the home of the Terracotta Army) the menu spans rich combinations of spices and soft, fresh noodles, crispy fragrant dumplings and their own version of a burger which is more than delicious…but the noodles are definitely the star of the show. Really great value.
Super neighbourhood cafe serving up delicious veggie & vegan-based delights for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Some of our personal favourites include their perfect omelettes, poached egg and salsa, as well as the millennials-favourite, avocado on toast. Plus they also do some pretty marvellous vegan cakes for afters.
One of the early signs of change, this excellent wine, cheese, bread & beer shop is another hint of how the Holloway Road is changing fast and for the better (in our opinion). The selection of artisanal produce is extensive, and if you take in an empty bottle they will fill you up with the house wine. What a genius idea!
Wonderful, independent cafe and food store. And when the sun shines (fingers crossed), there is a small, outside seating area too. We adore this place.
Ok, so we are a little bit biased, but we genuinely believe Vagabond serve up some the best coffee in London. Plus their cafe on the Holloway Road is just a great spot to catch your breath and grab a bite to eat, or just relax and people watch. The staff are super-friendly too.