Quietly situated on one of Harringay Ladder’s gently sloping streets, this exquisite house introduces the best of designer comfort to an atmospheric, Victorian setting. No detail has been overlooked. From the thoughtful internal restoration, intelligent contemporary architecture and lush back garden, every element is an exemplar of its type.
Meanwhile, transport links, shopping and entertainment are on the doorstep. The green spaces of Finsbury Park and Woodberry Wetlands are walkable, too. It's par for the course in this pocket of north London known (and loved) for its friendliness and diversity.
Mattison Road, Harringay, 3 Bed. House
THE OWNERS SAY
We loved this house the first time we saw it, and that hasn't changed a bit. It's warm and bright year-round, and just the right kind of "grand" – with its fireplaces, tiles and windows.
We love being part of the South Haringey and St Aidan's school community. And we're never more than a 15-minute walk from anything we could ever need: transport, farmers' markets, Crouch End, cinemas, bowling, Finsbury Park, Clissold Park, Stroud Green Library…the list goes on! The coffee shops, general store, bars and restaurants which have opened on Green Lanes since we've lived here are exciting, and the area now feels young and buzzy. It's a hard neighbourhood to beat.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: D
In Haringey Council, the house falls into Council Tax Band E (£2,004 for 2019/2020).
The current owners have made extensive updates over the past eight years. Working with architect Benedict Wilhelm, they have resculpted the interior and exterior to startling effect. These changes include some obvious big-ticket items like a new slate roof and concrete floor inc insulation in the basement (to reduce draft in the living room and improve energy efficiency – the cosmetic changes are no less impactful.
Highlights include a complete refit of the bathroom, with underfloor heating and heated towel rail, extractor/humidity regulating fan, Flos lighting and hand made Studio Ore (Bert & May) brass fittings.
Hand built oak kitchen cabinets, steel backsplash, Lazenby poured polished concrete, and bespoke oak staircase and wall panelling, storage and utility cupboard. Flos architectural lighting and Miele utilities: cooker, fridge, dishwasher and induction hob.
Outside, the back garden has bespoke Iroko hardwood fencing. New lawn and beds were laid, to link with the hard landscaping – concrete steps and patio, with handmade herringbone bricks for the side of the house. At the front, the herringbone brick paving is replicated to link in with the back garden. A poured concrete wall, bespoke ceramic tiled path and Beech hedge complete the scene.
What elevates this house is that it's a home in two parts. The first is a timeless Victorian terrace, with gorgeous Minton tile floors, regal fireplaces, carved balustrades and elegant coving. The second is an architectural remodel so flawless, that even the most modern touches are instant design classics. Yet the flow remains constant and coherent.
This is eclecticism at its best: period craftsmanship embraced and enhanced by modern design. A cool, minimalist kitchen breezes onto an idyllic English garden replete with Peonies and Lavender. Stripped oak floorboards lead to a cutting-edge bathroom. Contemporary matt black hardware sits happily next to aged timber. And it’s this combination of form and function that makes this home perfect for an active family with a sense of fashion and style.
THE LEGAL BIT
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Their second location shares more of the good stuff: a bakery/café by day and a pizza and wine spot by night. The Dusty Knuckle is a purpose-driven business that helps at-risk young people take forward steps in their lives through on-the-job training and mentorship. Insanely popular and utterly delicious, there isn't anything about his place we don't like.
The grand establishment that is The Salisbury harks back to the days when the area was rather well-to-do. It’s both a relief and a delight that despite various refurbishments over the years, no one has gone and done anything silly like ripping out the original Victorian saloon bar and décor. A wonderful pub. And even more special when you can call it your ‘local’.
This little café is a real local favourite. Its delicious pastries and award-winning Ozone coffee get almost as much love as its friendly service. But First Coffee is just around the corner from Harringay station, so you can get to know your new neighbours by making it part of your morning routine.
Easily one of the best local places to get quality, organic produce and all sorts of other delicious or practical home produce. And you get to take it home in their own tote, which reads: “Not Another Tescos.” A sentiment we can all get behind.
It began as a health food shop with a cafe as a sideshow, but the latter became so popular it grew and took over. Now, with an added a soft play area with kids’ toys and an expanded menu, it’s a huge hit with parents seeking solace in coffee and cake.