On a calm street, moments from Finsbury Park, this standout two-bedroom flat has a magnificent living room and a pretty private garden to make your own. Thoughtfully improved over time by the current owners, and all within a handsome facade, it's a near-perfect first home for a couple or young family.
Adolphus Road, Finsbury Park, 2 Bedroom Flat
Picking our highlights, where better to start than the street itself? The period houses are uniform and configured in pairs with each building designed to give the appearance of being semi-detached. It's a grand and attractive scene.
Stepping into the flat, you find a smart entrance hall that links the various rooms together. It's a welcoming first-impression that is large enough to hang coats and store the stuff of everyday life quite comfortably.
To the left, the living room is the star attraction. With vertiginously high ceilings and a broad bay window at one end, which has a wood-panelled surround; it's a beautiful and bright room that is the core of the home. The galley kitchen that links to the living room has eau de nil cupboards that stretch to the ceiling, providing plenty of storage within a compact space.
Possibly best of all, the garden at the back is secluded with a mature Acer tree providing shade on the patio in the summer and shelter in cooler months. It's a gem of a back garden which is totally private – yours to do with as you wish.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: D
Part of the borough of Hackney, the flat falls into Council Tax Band C (£1,222 for 2018/2019).
There are three flats in the building. The lease length of 174 years means there is nothing to worry about for any new owner. Plus, as an added bonus, there is no service charge and only peppercorn (£1) ground rent.
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 10mins, Oxford Circus in 15mins and direct overground trains to Old Street and The City.
Looking ahead, the City North development on the far side of the station (completion due in 2020) promises not only a cinema but also a Waitrose. The greatest act of Finsbury Park gentrification since the 99p Store became a Poundland.
THE OWNERS SAY
This flat has been our first home together. And we couldn't have asked for a better one.
Opening the double doors up to the garden on a warm day, or making the most of the winter sun through the bay windows in the living room, it's a flat that's always light-filled.
We'd lived in and around Finsbury Park for a few years before settling here, and knew we wanted to stay. Whilst everyone knows about the ridiculously good transport connections (hello Victoria line, Piccadilly line, overground, and buses!), what people don't realise is how quiet and leafy our little section of it is.
It doesn't hurt either that The Brownswood just down the road does a great roast, or Fink's Salt & Sweet a challah bacon roll that'll change how you think about weekend brunches forever.
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to maintain accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these are intended as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection. Total floorplan measurements have been rounded for ease. Distances are also provided as an approximate.
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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.
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.
Top notch community cafe, serving up food that is a thick-slice-of-soda-bread above what most local establishments can muster. Always busy in the mornings, with early risers or those seeking a hangover-busting fry up. Consistently great, we are always trying to think up a decent excuse to go for the full English.
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.
No frills, but consistently packed out with happy punters, there is nothing not to love about this brilliant local Italian. All the familiar favourites are on show, and everything is done perfectly. You can fill up to bursting and be on your merry way in about an hour. It's a particularly great spot if you have children.