This Arts & Crafts cottage in a pretty conservation area has been expertly reimagined with a bold and beautiful interior.
Tower Gardens Road, Tottenham, 3 Bed. House
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
The EPC gives a current energy efficiency rating: C. Potential Energy Rating B.
Part of the borough of Haringey, the property falls into Council Tax Band C (£1,770 in 2022/23).
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas & Electricity combined, £166, Water £49.
The current owners have updated the plumbing and central heating system, changed the layout downstairs by making the bathroom bigger and adding a small utility space. They moved the back doors to the garden to lead out from the kitchen and installed Crittall-style French doors. Upstairs they created a third bedroom and en suite in the loft, complete with a new staircase and additional storage underneath. The loft extension was done through planning permission and followed the latest builds regs. There’s also planning permission to do a side return/extension at the back of the house downstairs.
Catch the Piccadilly Line from Turnpike Lane to get into town in 15 minutes or jump on the Overground at Bruce Grove to access Hackney and The City in 22 minutes. Buses from Lordship Lane can take you straight to Trafalgar Square, Dalston Junction, Walthamstow and London Bridge.
THE LEGAL BIT
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To the north of Bruce Grove, the Tower Gardens Estate feels a bit like a tucked away secret; a small enclave with its very own park and playground. The current owners have carefully modernised the property throughout by adding an extra bedroom and en suite in the loft, rejigging parts of the layout and giving the whole space a super-stylish edge.
On entry, the living room is enveloped in a rich green hue that complements the north-facing light, while a working fire makes it extra cosy. The kitchen has been transformed with Crittall-style doors, dark cabinetry and plenty of space for a dining table. Matching kitchen cupboards flow into a utility space, which leads through to a bathroom, complete with a charming slipper bath and separate shower. The considered colour palette continues upstairs with two double bedrooms on the first floor and a new light-filled principal bedroom and en suite in the loft. Outside, the back garden feels contemporary with dark decking and modern planters, providing a low-maintenance, south-facing sun trap.
Tower Gardens Road is right by Lordship Rec, a Green Flag park with a community café that hosts a variety of events and classes. In the other direction, Bruce Castle Park has its own museum set inside the imposing Bruce Castle, a large Victorian cemetery and a delightful duck pond surrounded by rose gardens. Plus, recently opened Alici’s is around the corner serving up delicious brunches and swanky dinners.
THE OWNERS SAY
We have loved living in this house and making it our home over time. The character and charm are what drew us to the house, and we have loved restoring and updating it carefully with some modern touches. We particularly like the fireplaces in the winter months; it makes the house feel so cosy, but equally, having a south-facing garden filled with plants is so peaceful. The garden becomes an extension of our home when the weather is nice - we added the French doors to the kitchen so we can watch our daughter play outside while we prepare lunch.
Our favourite part of living on this street is the proximity to so many green spaces. We have the Tower Gardens Park across the road (perfect for quick dog walk trips), or a five-minute walk down the road is Lordship Rec, and then from there, Downhills Park and café. There’s also Bruce Castle Park, which has a lovely village feel and a nice community pub. Our daughter goes to a wonderful nursery, and there are excellent primary schools within catchment too.
We have loved getting to know local families, and there is a brilliant sense of community in the area. The parks have regular events and fairs throughout the year, and new businesses are popping up regularly in the neighbouring streets. Having three stations within walking distance or via short bus trips is also very convenient.
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Named after Robert the Bruce, former owner of its grounds, this remarkable Grade-I listed manor house has a long and storied history. Its owners include Henry VIII’s “Groom of the Bedchamber” and Sir Rowland Hill, inventor of the postage stamp. Queen Elizabeth I, Charles Dickens and Charles Babbage all paid visits to the castle. And on its grounds is the magnificent Bruce Castle Oak, runner-up for England’s Tree of the Year in 2018!
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This is everything a local pub should be: craft beers/ales on tap, delicious food and bar snacks, and–to top it off–a brilliant team that runs it. Whenever we just “pop” in, we can’t help but stay for hours. Plus, we can assure you their Sunday Roast is pretty much perfect.
This Japanese shop and takeaway counter is a hidden gem. Tucked along Phillip Lane, just down from Downhills Park, the friendly team serves excellent sushi and hot dishes. Top-notch and alwasy great value.