An expansive, two bedroom period flat, which has been reconfigured from scratch and transformed into a super-stylish and thoughtfully designed home. Reworked to maximise space and light, and realised to perfection, it’s a fantastic home for anyone looking to settle in this neck of the woods.

Cecilia Road, Hackney, 2 Bedroom Flat

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BRICKWORKS SAYS

We love the considerations the current owners have made to accommodate urban living. Bespoke joinery throughout has been used with remarkable effect; not only is there loads of practical storage space, but the oak finish is enhanced with beautiful details, such as recessed handles and pops of contrasting colour.

The house is cleverly zoned. Privacy is kept intact upstairs where the large bathroom, a huge master bedroom and a second smaller bedroom are positioned. Downstairs is a terrace-style balcony set amongst the lush trees; the perfect spot for an evening meal or morning coffee. And perhaps our favourite space, the impressive, adjoining kitchen-diner — wonderful for socialising and entertaining.

POINTS TO CONSIDER

The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: C & Environmental Impact Rating: C

Part of the borough of Hackney, the flat falls into Council Tax Band C (£1,181 for 2018/2019).

The flat comes with a share of the freehold, and the lease has recently been extended to 999 years. There are three flats in total. There is no formal service charge, general maintenance costs are split evenly as-and-when collective works are required.

The current owners have updated practically everything to a high spec: cast iron radiators, double-glazed sash windows and door, railings, membrane and decking on the terrace, a fitted bathroom with Vola fittings and, as already mentioned, bespoke joinery throughout.

The generous reception room has a little nook, currently used as a workspace with lots of natural light streaming through the sash windows. Just the spot for a home office.

THE OWNERS SAY

We love our flat! The road is a hidden gem in Dalston, and we have great pubs, cafes and a yoga studio, all within 200 yards. It's super close to Hackney Downs, which is a lovely open green space, not nearly as busy as other Hackney parks.

As for the flat itself, the best bit has to be the living spaces. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking and hanging out. It's wonderfully bright, and you can enjoy breakfast on the balcony, as well as spring and summer and evening BBQs. Out the back is our very own Hackney forest; we sit in line with the treetops full of all types birds, singing their little hearts out.

The living room catches the evening sun, and has a hidden work area tucked in the corner, which we use as a home office during the day — it's great for people watching too. The bedrooms are quiet and relaxing, and the bathroom is great for a quick rainfall shower or relaxing candle-lit bath.

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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2 Allpress London Roastery & Cafe

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3 Rio Cinema

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4 Jidori

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