There’s a lot of personality packed into this bright and beautiful three-bedroom, ground-floor flat. Situated moments from Finsbury Park, it has the added bonus of a work-from-home studio in the peaceful garden.
Wilberforce Road, Finsbury Park, 3. Bed Flat
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Current Energy Rating C. Potential Energy Rating C.
In the borough of Hackney, the house falls into Band D (£1773.29 in 2022/23)
Within the building, there are three flats in total.
Share of freehold with a long lease (900 plus years remaining).
Ground rent & service charge:
There is no ground rent or service charge.
There is a management company in place, run by the freeholders. All issues are handled on an ad hoc basis.
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £109, Electricity £170, Water £35.
As well as adding the garden office in 2021, the current owners have renovated the bathroom and kitchen.
Wilberforce Road is minutes on foot to Finsbury Park, which is (un)officially the best-connected station in North London. From there, you can access National Rail services and the Piccadilly and Victoria Lines, opening up speedy connections to most places: Kings Cross in fewer than 10mins, Oxford Circus in 15mins as well as direct links to Old Street, The City and Gatwick Airport. There are also multiple bus routes running, opening up additional options.
The cellar has been damp-proofed and is excellent for storage, often a shortcoming for garden flats. Also, the owners received planning permission to build another bedroom in the garden. They are unsure if the permission has lapsed, but it should be straightforward to get reapproved.
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to provide accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these should be intended as a guide. Total floor plan measurements are sometimes rounded for ease, and distances are approximated. Purchasers should always satisfy themselves through personal inspection.
If you're looking for character and charm, you'll find it in this Victorian home by the bucket load. Sit in the wide window seat overlooking the Cherry tree that guards the front of the house. Take in the fresh open-plan living space with magnificent original cornicing on the high ceilings. Enjoy the shafts of colour that stream through the stained glass window as you busy yourself in the crafted kitchen.
Beyond the sweeping vistas, the finer details of this property make it stand out. Beautiful blonde wood flooring, bold wallpaper and clever use of colour all add up to a stylishly confident look. Forever-useful storage is built into many nooks and crannies (and a cellar). Two of the bedrooms lead onto the leafy garden, a haven of green that enjoys summer shade from the mature tree. It's also home to one of our favourite spots, the versatile garden studio. A cabin retreat with triple windows that sits in harmony with its surroundings.
There is no shortage of green space when you live on Wilberforce Road. One direction leads to the vast open space of Finsbury Park, with its boating pond and fantastic playgrounds; in the other, the ever-popular Clissold Park. Need to switch it up? You can get an endorphin boost at the Castle Climbing Centre, or take it easy while browsing the shops along Church Street or tucking into one of the stellar nearby eateries, including one of our favourites, Finks, found at the end of the street.
THE OWNERS SAY
This has been a very happy home for us. It's a terrific flat with many great qualities – its own front door, high ceilings, quiet bedrooms, a pretty, private garden with a cosy office, and plenty of storage in the large cellar. The street is lined with trees and flowers; twice a year, the 'Wilberforce Gardeners' community group sells plants, used books, and homemade cakes in a lovely street gathering. It's a terrific neighbourhood for kids, with its excellent schools and the wild swimming and sailing in the Woodberry Reservoir nearby.
Cafés and shops like Finks, Beam, Gail's, and BookBar are great for hanging out. We spend a lot of time at the new Picturehouse cinema and The Castle, the UK's largest climbing centre, just minutes away. We feel so spoiled to have found this quiet, green community in London that also allows us to get so quickly to everywhere we need to go.
Explore North London
1 Finks Salt & Sweet
Open all day every day, Finks serves up simple yet delicious morsels to an ever-growing troop of (well fed) locals. It’s a laid-back neighbourhood spot that’s serious about great food. You can happily have coffee and cake, or switch it up and have something more substantial on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. You can't go wrong.
2 Clissold Park
This lovely big Victorian Park is the centre of Stoke Newington life. A gorgeous green space packed full of family friendly delights, there's a great cafe and events centre with food and activities, a wildlife area with deer, a skate park, tennis courts and a brilliant kid’s paddling pool and playground. All kinds of events pop up here over the summer including steam fairs, and festivals of Nigerian art, Anatolian culture and literature.
3 La Fabrica
This fantastic restaurant serves up classic Spanish tapas and modern takes on old favourites, and everything is totally delicious. They also have a seriously good wine list to complement the grub. Low-lit, with a long, bustling bar, towards the front, we love the atmosphere in this excellent local eatery.
4 Common Ground
Every neighbourhood needs a coffee shop where you can watch the world go by with a decent brew. You might just be popping in for the fresh mouth-watering pastries, but the lush garden and incredible brunches will make you want to stay all day.
5 The West Reservoir
Lush outdoor swimming spot, in the summer it even warms up enough for fair-weather swimmers.