At the top of the road, this spectacular four-bedroom house with majestic walled garden is found on one of the finest streets in Tottenham. With vast, floodlit rooms on both floors, it provides a combination of light, space and practicality that is rare to find anywhere in London.
Bedford Road has justifiably become one of the most coveted in the area. Rich in history and architecture, this grand, semi-detached property is perhaps the finest example on the street having been sensitively restored over many years. The road is exceptionally quiet with nominal traffic, and yet is only a short walk from Seven Sisters tube and two local parks. It is a fabulous spot within a vibrant and fast-changing pocket of the capital.
Bedford Road, Seven Sisters, 4 Bedroom House
There is no point hiding it; we are a little bit in love with this house. The rooms are huge, with wonderfully high ceilings and expansive sash windows that bathe the internal spaces in natural light.
We especially like the way the dining room (which has a glazed roof) links the reception rooms to the kitchen with original shuttered doors, giving the downstairs a pleasing, circular flow. There is also the walk-in larder, plus a garage/workshop space and off-street parking. All wishes and wants are covered.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, three of which are very large. They are all immaculately presented too. The owners have restored the house with great love and attention to detail, with top-notch materials and fittings used throughout.
Arguably, however, the best thing about the whole house is the glorious (23m x 10m) walled garden. Wide and long, full of mature trees and flowers and surrounded on three sides by handsome, weathered brickwork, it feels private and romantic.
On their own, the garden or the house would stand out, but taken together they elevate this remarkable home and make it very special indeed.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: E & Environmental Impact Rating: E
Part of the borough of Haringey, the flat falls into Council Tax F (£2,276 for 2018/2019).
The owners have secured planning permission to remodel and expand the footprint of the ground floor and build up into the loft. Permissions and architect drawings, commissioned by the owners, can be provided on request.
The garage was rebuilt a couple of years ago to a very high specification, with a properly insulated floor, double cavity walls plus skylight. The intention was to future-proof the space, so it could eventually be incorporated into the main house. This was never done, but the opportunity is there. The legacy is a ‘traditional’ looking garage, which is actually more akin to a studio or workshop. In short, another thoroughly usable, and hugely practical space.
Transport links are fantastic. As well as Seven Sisters just around the corner (one stop from Finsbury Park on the Victoria line) you also have Tottenham Hale tube and Overground nearby which is great for the Stansted Express. Numerous buses run from the end of the road too, and go in various directions, including Hackney and Waterloo.
Tottenham and the streets in-and-around Downhills Park in particular, have been a bit of hidden secret for a couple of years now, but the proverbial cat is well and truly out of the bag. People are increasingly drawn to the area by the excellent transport links, strong primary schools, investment in local infrastructure and burgeoning community-spirit, all of which make it a fantastic place to raise a family.
THE OWNERS SAY
We genuinely love this house and have poured our hearts and souls into it. When we first saw it, we called it ‘The 1 in 1,000 house’; a very rare and special find. It is historically beautiful, with a magnificent garden but more than that, and something we grew to appreciate over time - it is a really practical family home that has made raising young children in London so much easier.
There is a big garden for the kids to run around, a large utility space to store bikes and kit, a walk-in larder, off-street parking and the rooms are huge. It is hard to find just some of these things in a London property, let alone all them. It is an incredible house and in London terms one of the very best. Likewise, our street, Bedford Road, has an amazing community spirit. We are truly very sad to be leaving.
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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