This exquisite two-bedroom split-level flat, located on Chatsworth Road, has been skilfully renovated to create a glorious open-plan living area with a rooftop terrace for city-wide views.
Chatsworth Road, Clapton, 2 bedroom Flat
THE OWNER SAYS
This property has been a labour of love for us. We bought it as a cramped, outdated, one bedroom flat within the top floor of a tired shell of a Victorian building (the ground floor of which was once a record shop). Over the last four years, we have restored the exterior and shared areas to their former elegance, developing a colourful and contemporary feel.
Within the flat we removed everything (except the exterior walls and original fireplace) and completely remodelled it. We decided to position the living space on the new top floor of the building to make the most of the long sight lines and incredible light. The view of the ever-changing sky is something we absolutely love, and it never fails to surprise people.
We enjoy the terrace so much. It’s the perfect place for a morning coffee or evening drink, but it’s also so nice to look out onto from the living space when it’s cold outside. Downstairs we enjoy the cosiness of the bedrooms with their deeper colour palette and more traditional feel, with the fireplace and sash windows. And then there’s the bathroom, which always feels luxurious no matter how many times you use it.
Chatsworth Road is such a great place to live. We love popping to the market every Sunday and wandering over to Millfields park and the marshes.
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 Hackney, the property falls into Council Tax Band B (£1,246.10 in 2021/22).
One of three flats in a Victorian building, this flat across the second and third (top) floors has a share of the freehold. The other two flats are tenanted. Each flat has an equal share of the freehold.
There is an annual service charge of £500, which includes buildings insurance. There is no ground rent fee.
The current owners have lived in the property for four years, completely refurbishing it in that time. They completed a roof extension to create an open-plan living space with an outdoor terrace and created an additional bedroom. They fitted a new bathroom and kitchen with underfloor heating, built-in birch ply cupboards with a small fold-down desk/workspace and new windows, redid the plumbing and electrics, and put in oak flooring throughout.
The owner of the flat recently organised a renovation of the whole building to which the other leaseholders contributed. This involved a complete refurbishment of the communal areas including a new door, intercom system, electrics, automatic lighting, renovation of the front garden, repointing the facade of the building, and replacing all the windows.
Average monthly utility costs are usually £12 for gas, £75 for electricity, and £27 for water.
Inhabiting a Victorian building with serious curb appeal, the two-bedroom conversion has been remodelled by SMDL Architects to create a light-filled home with clean, modern lines that is meticulous yet serene and relaxed.
A comprehensive renovation that included a roof extension has enabled the owners to create an open-plan living area that takes full advantage of the elevated position. With floor-to-ceiling glass along the west side, sliding doors open out onto a decked roof terrace with extended views across the city.
The bathroom is just as spectacular. Pale terrazzo tiles with a rainforest shower and Lusso egg-shaped bathtub bring a touch of hotel luxury. Elsewhere, birch ply custom-built cupboards tie the interior together with a pared-back look that complements the traditional and the new.
Chatsworth Road is an unbeatable location. One of London’s longest high streets and the heart of Lower Clapton life, it’s famous for its Sunday market and independent stores. But the kicker is its close proximity to various green spaces –– Hackney Downs, Victoria Park, Hackney Marshes and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It’s true East London living.
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What was once the Clapton Tram Depot is now a haven of botanical delights, serving deliciously local food in the café, and crowd-pleasing Sunday roasts at the Clapton Country Club. And if you’re not in the mood for food, you could go to one of the many fitness classes on offer at BLOK – high intensity training anyone?
Independent local grocery store that sells just about everything you could possibly need! Fantastic pastries, fresh bread, a fully stocked cheese counter and a good selection of organic wines, and a very friendly service to boot!
We are very fond of this place. At the front, a long Victorian bar dominates the space as people jostle for position. Towards the back, there are several smaller, more intimate areas for groups to huddle round to talk and set the world to rights.
Superb, modern European restaurant on Chatsworth Rd, set up under the guidance of Nuno Mendes. Totally unpretentious on the outside, and totally delicious on the inside. Love.
An absolute stalwart for anyone in E5, this long-standing pub has something for all seasons, whether that’s a beer in the garden in summer, or a cosy fire to sit around in winter. Expect gastro pub grub, decent ale, and good vibes.