Behind the Victorian facade of this two-bedroom ground-floor flat in Tottenham’s lively Bruce Grove is a contemporary home designed to perfection, with a simplicity reminiscent of the Japanese approach to living. There’s even a tranquil, private garden with an additional studio too.
Bruce Grove, Tottenham, 2 Bed. Flat
This super cool, super stylish ground-floor conversion more than realises its creative owners’ vision to develop “the best two bed possible”. Their talented approach to redesigning and renovating has created a comfortable home that cleverly maximises every inch; packed with practical details such as bespoke built-in cupboards and windows and skylights angled for optimal views and light.
The aesthetic hallmarks of contemporary design are everywhere: two large square bedrooms pair traditional marble fireplaces and wooden floors with modern radiators; the bathroom is interiors mag-worthy with charcoal grout and concrete shelving.
In the rear extension is an incredible open-plan kitchen and living space which is the centre of life here. Polished concrete floors extend outside; aluminium-framed glass doors span the entire back wall, ensuring continuity with the immaculate landscaped garden beyond. Ferns, tall bamboo, a lawn and raised seating areas form various zones, while the black timber garden studio is a coup for home working.
Follow this road south and you’re bang in the heart of Bruce Grove and into Seven Sisters. Further beyond is Stoke Newington and Dalston. Bruce Grove’s cafes, pubs and a climbing wall are on the doorstep, as well as the verdant waterworlds of Lea Valley and Walthamstow Wetlands.
THE OWNER SAYS
We came to the area 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with the strong community, green spaces and vibrant culture. We already lived on Bruce Grove when we moved here and we are looking forward to staying in the area.
We both work in the creative industries, and this was our second renovation project. Our plan was to create the best two-bed flat possible. Every aspect has been considered, from storage solutions to generosity of space – and every part rejuvenated. The rear extension was designed specifically to angle the view out across trees and into the open sky; the garden landscaped to create a feeling of privacy and peace.
We added the studio just before the pandemic, and it proved an incredible resource. It was important it didn’t encroach too heavily on the garden, so was designed to fill a shadow in the corner space.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating of C and potential rating C.
Part of the borough of Haringey, the property falls into Council Tax Band C (£160 per month in 2021/22).
One of two flats in a Victorian building, the flat has a leasehold with 150 years remaining on the lease.
There is a ground rent fee of £200 annually, and no service charge.
Monthly utility costs are usually £50 for gas, £50 for electricity, £30 for water.
The current owners have lived in the property for seven years and have completely refurbished it in that time. They fitted a new kitchen with bespoke marine ply cupboards, and a bathroom, added bespoke cupboards in the bedrooms, polished concrete flooring and aluminium doors and windows through the rear of the house. They landscaped the garden adding a raised seating area and a black timber studio space with heating, electricity and a basin. They have also soundproofed the windows at the front of the property.
The flat has excellent transport links via Bruce Grove station (0.3 miles), White Hart Lane (0.8 miles), Tottenham Hale (0.9 miles), Northumberland Park (1.1 miles), Seven Sisters (1.1 miles).
The property has a large garden to the rear of the building, which continues along one side, and a front garden.
Explore North London
1 Bruce Castle
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!
2 The Bluecoats
“The big pub on the high road serving wicked food, showing the football and providing general good vibes,” this cosy indie boozer serves up Time Out’s best burgers in London. It also has a heated garden, regular pop-up nights (Taco Tuesdays! Wing Wednesdays!) and too many beers and ciders to count.
3 San Marco
Fantastic home-made Italian grub about twenty minutes on foot due north. This place is a buzz of family feasting on a Friday evening – inexpensive, cheerful and properly yummy with chequered table cloths and everything.
4 The Beehive
Inside, this “community pub” has all the usual diversions—pool table, board games, darts. But the huge covered beer garden is the real draw. Open all year round, it’s as buzzy as the pub’s name implies.
5 With Milk
Run by two lovely sisters with North African & Tottenham roots, this sweet independent coffee shop & deli on nearby Philip Lane packs a punch serving amazing coffee roasted by Perky Blenders in local Leytonstone. With a changing menu of sandwiches, sweet treats and blooming excellent croissants that always hit the spot, the ladies also offer gluten-free options, a range of halal meats and wonderful cheeses.