A fabulous decked terrace is the star of the show at this characterful ground-floor flat. Blessed with original Victorian detailing, high ceilings and a great location in up-and-coming Stroud Green, you are within strolling distance of Crouch End and the green expanse of Finsbury Park.
Stapleton Hall Road, Stroud Green, 2 Bed. Flat
Good impressions begin at the entrance to the red-painted terrace house, which is shared with three other flats, as colourful Victorian tiles adorn the front porch and panels of stained glass surround the glazed front door.
Inside, elegant period windows span an entire wall in the sunny main bedroom, where glass doors open onto the raised deck. With space for sofas, easy chairs, a pot plant or two, and towering trees forming a green backdrop, this is a wonderful spot for a ‘sundowner’ or relaxed weekend mornings.
A huge bay window with plantation shutters and the highest of high ceilings keep the beautiful open-plan living room feeling fresh, while a window seat provides extra perches around the dining table. This is a brilliant space for hosting, where a smart white kitchen with metro tiles segues into the lounge/dining area, painted duck egg blue with wooden floorboards, a fireplace, and clutter-banishing built-in shelves and cupboards. It’s these extra details – traditional wooden radiator covers, fitted wardrobes in the main bedroom, Victorian-style patterned floor tiles in the bathroom – that imbue the home with character and make it such a great place to spend time.
Back outside, the long, tree-lined street of well-kempt red-brick Victorians on which the property sits leads to Crouch Hill, a strip connecting Stroud Green with Crouch End. Stroud Green is closer and is an under-the-radar area, but there is much to like: a bit villagey, a tad creative, with a growing number of delis, poshed-up pubs and cool cafes. A little further afield but still within your orbit, Finsbury Park, Green Lanes and Crouch End extend the range of neighbourhoods to explore and enjoy.
THE OWNER SAYS
We love our bright south-facing bedroom that opens up onto the balcony – our little haven during the summer for al fresco dinners and weekend barbecues. We’ll miss our open-plan living area which is perfect for entertaining. Our neighbours are the best around and we have the world’s (or at least north London’s) best coffee shop at the end of our road!
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating of D.
Part of the borough of Haringey, the property falls into Council Tax Band C (£1,134.42 in 2021/22).
One of four in a Victorian building, with one on each level, the flat has a 50 per cent share of freehold with 152 years remaining on the lease.
The ground rent is £250 paid annually. As 50 per cent freeholders, current owners also receive £325 ground rent, so there is a net benefit of £75 (offset versus insurance).
Three of the four flats are owner-occupied, the other rented to long-term tenants.
The current owners have lived in the property for three years, making improvements to the bathroom and adding fitted bookshelves in the second bedroom during that time.
A second bedroom is currently used as an office but is adaptable to a variety of needs.
Transport links are close and numerous: links via Harringay train station (0.2 miles), Crouch Hill (0.6 miles) and Finsbury Park (0.8 miles).
Finsbury Park is (un)officially the best-served transport hub in Zone 2 and can get you most places double quick: Kings Cross in fewer than 10 minutes, Oxford Circus in 15 minutes and direct overground trains to Old Street and The City.
The Parkland Walk, which follows an old railway trackbed from Finsbury Park to Highgate, is moments from your door.
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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.
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’.
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.