Sitting on the bank of the Kingland Basin, this two-bedroom apartment in Haggerston has fantastic views from its basin-side balcony, taking full advantage of its prime East London location.

Canal Wharf, Haggerston, 2 bedroom Flat

£750,000

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BRICKWORKS SAYS

Set on the second floor of a contemporary residential development, this sparkling two-bedroom flat is an ode to modern living. With clean lines, bundles of natural light and a considered layout that maximises the use of space, it’s a compelling option for anyone looking for a home in this much-loved pocket of Hackney.

Stepping into the flat, there is neat storage on both sides of the entrance hall – often overlooked yet perfect for hiding the stuff of life from view. One of the bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom and access to a private balcony, making it the natural first choice. However, the marginally smaller of the two is still a comfortable double and ideal as a home office or guest room, particularly so with the second bathroom. The main living space is functional yet homely and bathed in light from the expanse of windows at one end. It also has access to the balcony that runs the length of the flat. The views here are a constant and welcome reminder of your amazing, basin-side location.

Haggerston is the point where North and East London merge, and it’s got a bit of both in its makeup: the slightly more mature North, mixed with the edge of East London. And it’s proximity to both means you can satiate almost any wish or want within moments of leaving your door. To pick one example, Regents Canal is literally seconds away and opens up swathes of the Capital to you on foot or by bike. And if you want to get further afield, Haggerston Overground is just the other side of the street.

THE OWNER SAYS

If you are a non-hipster (like me), you may well ask why Haggerston?! But really, this property and area have something for everyone. The location is stunning, overlooking the basin, and the only real noise is that of water birds! It feels like you’re out of the big city, but with everything on your doorstep.

The nearby pubs and restaurants are diverse, with something delicious to eat or drink close by for everyone. Plus, if you like walking through historic Hackney, you’ll be in for a treat with amazing parks, buildings and narrow alleyways in every direction.

POINTS TO CONSIDER

Energy Performance Certificate:

The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: B potential Energy Efficiency Rating: B

Council Tax:

In the Borough of Hackney, the property falls into Council Tax Band E (£2,042.44 in 2022/23). Please note that people living alone can get a 25% reduction.

Service Charge:

One of 35 in the building, the flat comes with a 115-year lease. The service charge is £208.99 each month, and the ground rent is £100 per year. The service charge covers pretty much everything except utilities: the lift, gardening, internal upkeep, lights and so on.

Access:

The flat is on the second floor, and there is lift access for the entire building.

Utilities:

Currently, monthly utilities run at gas £60, electricity £58 & water £25.

Parking:

Council parking permits are available.

A little local history:

Neighbouring De Beauvoir has a famous recent resident, William Lyttle, known as the Mole Man. Over 40 years, Lyttle dug a web of tunnels down and out from his house on Mortimer Road. He was estimated to have moved 3,500 cubic feet of soil, which almost caused the property to collapse and brought the risk of subsidence to nearby roads. When pressed, Lyttle claimed he’d simply got carried away while creating a wine cellar and had ended up with nothing more than “a big basement.”

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2 Museum of the Home

A wonderful little museum set in a beautiful 18th-century almshouse. If you like nosing around other peoples homes, then you'll love this place. Oozing with history and fascinating room sets from the by-gone years of London's homes, from 1600 to present day. You can 'time travel' from one room to another and the absolute attention to detail, from the curtains to the flowers on the table, and the vintage newspaper on the table, is really pretty impressive. The front garden is open all year round and is a great green pitstop if you're in the area, plus the herb garden behind the house is really worth a wander with a very impressive collection of plants and a delightful smell!

3 Fabrique Bakery

A great pitstop after a morning at Columbia Road market, this Swedish bakery use a stone oven to make amazing bread and even more amazing cinnamon and cardamon buns, they are seriously to die for. The sandwiches are pretty good too and the Mr & Mrs toast is highly recommended. Tucked away behind the Geffrye Museum in a railway arch, it's well worth a little detour.

4 Morito

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5 Farrs

Occupying a historic building that once housed a 1930’s dance school, this pub and general hang-out space is hugely atmospheric and a great spot to while away the time drinking, eating and relaxing.