In a striking Grade II listed building, this two-bedroom ground-floor flat in Tottenham is stacked with space and character.
Old School Court, Tottenham, 2. Bed Flat
THE OWNERS SAY
We've loved living in this wonderful home and bringing up our child for nearly 14 years. The building is amazing, and the people living here are always interesting, with many coming from creative industries. Most of all, we will miss barbecues with other flats in the communal area and the sense of community, which is rare to find in London.
For us, the standout feature of the apartment is the feeling of space that the four metre-high ceilings give, as well as the changing light you get from the enormous windows. We also love our newly renovated kitchen, which has given us the freedom to cook without ever feeling restricted. It's our happy place, and we hope it will be for others in the future.
THE LEGAL BIT
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Sitting at the end of a no-through road in Bruce Grove, this majestic converted school building –– home to a stellar two-bedroom home within –– exudes Victorian Gothic charm with its pointed arches and spired weather vein.
The apartment's living space feels equally impressive, thanks to the epic proportions, ceiling height and expansive windows. Yet, despite the size, it retains a homely and welcoming feel. Living areas are clearly defined, and the herringbone wooden floor neatly ties the space together. We love how the owners have echoed the pattern in the metro tiles of the clean, contemporary kitchen. The kitchen island is multifunctional, meaning you can be at the centre of cooking and conversation all at once.
Downstairs the bedrooms are spacious and open, thanks to more floor-to-ceiling windows – you can even step out onto a sweet, private terrace from the smaller of the two.
As the name suggests, the building started out as a school, and the communal courtyard still provides space for shared downtime. The large quad is the focal point, bringing like-minded neighbours together to share a meal or an after-work drink.
Drapers Road is just the spot for those who have cottoned on to the good living to be had in this corner of North London. With a creative soul, the scene is blossoming, and a new wave of eating and dining options is afoot alongside established pubs, bars and clubs. There are also excellent transport options centred around Seven Sisters station, part of the Overground network and on the speedy Victoria Line.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Current Energy Rating C. Potential Energy Rating C.
In the borough of Haringey, the flat falls into Band C (£1,770 in 2023/24)
Leasehold with 165 years remaining on the term.
Around £300 per month. This covers building testing and servicing, communal utilities, door entry systems, electronic gates, external maintenance, fire prevention maintenance, fire prevention servicing, gardening and grounds maintenance, internal cleaning and refuse services, structural repairs and maintenance, building insurance, auditor's fee, management fee, sinking fund contribution. There is currently a large surplus in the sinking fund for any future needs.
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £72, Electricity £88, Water £43
There are 28 flats within Old School Court.
As well as replacing the bathroom, the current owners have recently installed a fantastic new kitchen and wooden flooring throughout.
You’re in the sweet spot: a five-minute walk away from the Overground at Bruce Grove or a 10-minute walk to Seven Sisters, where you can pick up the Victoria Line for fast, frequent trains into central London. And when you want to go further afield, Tottenham Hale is just down the road, providing direct access to Stansted Airport.
Old School Court dates from around 1860. Built in the style of Victorian Gothic (or Gothic Revival), it retains many of the hallmarks of this architectural period, which started in England during the 1840s.
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