This beautifully extended four-bedroomed terrace in South Tottenham is a delight, fusing function and character in a home designed for contemporary living.
Elmar Road, South Tottenham, 4 Bed. House
THE OWNER SAYS
We have loved living here and invested a lot of thought and love into making our house a special place to live. The house is light and spacious and was extensively refurbished by a leading passive house construction company in 2017.
The open-plan area is great for hosting parties or cooking while watching over the children. The garden is hardly overlooked and backs onto an allotment, meaning it is incredibly peaceful and filled with birdlife.
Our street is quiet and friendly and we know all our immediate neighbours. In the summer, there is usually a street party, and at New Year's eve a fireworks display. There's an active local community with lots of green spaces nearby and a couple of good grocery shops within a two-minutes of the house. It's also a short walk to local pubs and cafés. The recent Low Traffic Neighbourhood measures have made the area even quieter in terms of traffic, and the transport links are excellent.
There's so much to love about this house. It hits you as soon as you step inside the downstairs open-plan living space. The abundance of light from the front bay window and the kitchen skylight, combined with the warmth of the wooden cladding along one wall, create an inviting and sociable heart to the home. Glazed sliding doors open onto the garden at the far end, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living.
Redesigned by the current owners and retrofitted by passive house builders, this home is made for modern times. From the underfloor heating to the carefully selected materials, it marries comfort with eco credentials, which partly explains why it was recognised as one of 2017's best extensions by New London Architecture.
But the updates don't distract from the character of the house, which is evident in the period fireplaces and original floorboards that have been sensitively recycled to create a timber-clad wall. From top to bottom, the house has been artfully decorated. We particularly love the kitchen tiles that are in keeping with a home that prioritises style and purpose.
Elmar Road is close to Seven Sisters. Anyone familiar with the area will know it is well-loved, and with good reason; offering a proud and long-standing community, good facilities and great schools. It also has a thriving social scene – the options to eat, drink and soak up some culture continue to grow. And when you need a dose of fresh air, you'll find Chestnuts and Downhills Parks just down the road.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Currently energy rating C. Potential rating B.
In the borough of Haringey, the house falls into Band D (£1,879.72 in 2022/23).
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £47, Electricity £82, Water £30.
The current owners have taken significant steps to create a more eco-friendly and energy-efficient home. Measures include insulating the external walls and roof, installing underfloor heating, an energy-efficient boiler and Aereco demand-controlled ventilation system. In addition, a new kitchen and bathrooms were fitted, and remote-controlled roof lights were installed on the ground and second floors. Outside, there is a newly refurbished front garden, including the garden wall.
Seven Sisters is linked by the Victoria line and the Overground, meaning you can be in central London in less than 20 minutes. Or, if you prefer to get around on two wheels, the Cycle Superhighway (CS1) begins at Seven Sisters and ends in Liverpool Street, offering a swift and safer bike route into town.
Explore North London
1 Sushi Heads
This Japanese shop and takeaway counter is a hidden gem. Tucked along Phillip Lane, just down from Downhills Park, the friendly team serves excellent sushi and hot dishes. Top-notch and alwasy great value.
2 The Palm
This is everything a local pub should be: craft beers/ales on tap, delicious food and bar snacks, and–to top it off–a brilliant team that runs it. Whenever we just “pop” in, we can’t help but stay for hours. Plus, we can assure you their Sunday Roast is pretty much perfect.
3 Ten to One
We jumped for joy when this cocktail bar and restaurant opened in an ex-betting shop. A Whiskey Sours in hand while watching live music and feasting on Nashville chicken wings has become a Friday tradition for many. And why not?
Fuelling our coffee addiction since the day it opened, Perkyn's is one of the best for a coffee hit. A bottle shop, too, fridges filled with beautifully designed craft beers and wine that makes any occasion feel like a real treat.
5 True Craft
In this crazily-good pizza joint on the West Green Road, local craft beers (like Beavertown) sit happily next to quality imports (think Weizen-style Bavarian), giving you all kinds of problems when it comes to ordering. One of the most favourite spots in South Tottenham, and rightly so, you can also 'takeaway' if you fancy.