On a tree-lined street in Holloway sits this four-bedroom terraced house and garden. Bright and airy, with just the right combination of family living and private space, it’s an ideal base to settle and explore a friendly, up-and-coming neighbourhood.
Axminster Road, Holloway, 4 Bed. House
This four-bedroom terraced house seems to breathe in light and space. From the wide-open living area downstairs – bookended by both front and back gardens – to the quiet bedrooms upstairs, the whole home feels airy and bright. Decorative plasterwork and marble fireplaces meet modern finishes in a cool colour palette that soothes and welcomes. It’s an exercise in minimalist tranquillity, with a touch of period elegance to get the balance just right.
There’s a fantastic flow from room to room, winding up that classic staircase into the master suite and the bedrooms and loft on the upper floors. Everyone in the family (plus a guest or two) has plenty of space to work, play or relax. But all roads lead back to that big, communal living and dining space, and into the back garden beyond. This home is a little symphony of calm in the centre of a vibrant neighbourhood that’s becoming more popular by the day. Which makes it ideal for a new family looking for a place to call their very own.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: D
In the Borough of Islington, the house falls into Council Tax Band F (£2,151 for 2019/2020).
The current owners have undertaken extensive updates over the past four years. They’ve installed new timber-frame double-glazed windows, replaced the entire roof and built the extension on the ground floor, including new floor tiles (with underfloor heating) and cornicing. The first-floor bathroom has been completely remodelled. Also, the previous owners upgraded the electricity and heating system.
Axminster Road is blocked at one end, making it exceptionally quiet with nominal passing traffic.
THE OWNERS SAY
We believe we’ve created our perfect home, treating it with the love and care befitting a family member. We never stop admiring the light coming into the kitchen and the beautiful garden in the morning. It’s a special feeling to put the kettle on, then go to the front room and open the window to smell the jasmine outside. We also love spending evenings in the living room, in front of the fireplace.
The house has the perfect combination of communal space and private space. The bathroom in the loft makes it especially easy to have guests.
The road has such a wonderful, warm community of neighbours who host parties, book clubs and other gatherings. Lots of families nearby mean the children never need to walk far to get to friends’ houses, and the schools are close, too. We know we’ll stay in contact with many of our neighbours, even after we’ve moved abroad.
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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1 Big Jo
Much more than a bakery (though it’s most definitely, deliciously that), this foodie-favourite spot serves up delectable slices of Roman pizza and a daily changing menu of mouth-watering small plates and puddings.
2 Kitchen @ 149
With a backdrop of exposed brick, chalkboards and shelves full of knick-knacks, this friendly independent cafe is a great place to meet for brunch or indeed dinner. The burgers and truffle chips (covered in parmesan) will not disappointed, but they also offer some delicious veggie and vegan options.
3 Landseer Arms
Tucked away behind Holloway Road, this is a gem of a pub is found at the end of a quiet residential street of the same name. Totally family friendly, the owners have managed to create a genuine community feel which is rare these days. Parents will appreciate the paved outside seating area, which is right opposite a small park – the kids can play in the playground while you have a glass of something cold. Nice!
4 The Spoke
One of the very first of the new wave of cafes to open, that hints at the area around Upper Holloways rapid evolution, the Spoke serves up top-notch food and coffee in a familiar format, but they do it bloody well. For us, it's hard to choose from a tasty veggie fry-up, delicious (millennial) chilli avocado and onion on toast or one of their fish finger sandwiches...
5 The Front Room Cafe
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.