This stylish two-bedroom Victorian mid-terraced house on the western edge of Tottenham has sublime decor and lots of natty little touches.
Glendish Road, Tottenham, 2 Bed. House
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating of D.
Part of the borough of Haringey, the property falls into Council Tax Band C (£1,604 in 2021/22).
The owner has lived in the house for seven years, in that time adding new units and worktops in the kitchen, replacing the flashings on the roof, adding new floors to the bathroom and kitchen and landscaping the garden.
It has excellent transport links from Bruce Grove Rail Station (0.7 miles), Tottenham Hale station for the Victoria tube line (1mile) and Northumberland Park station (1.1 miles).
Monthly utility costs are usually £50 for gas, £40 for electricity, £5 for water.
Weekends here might mean following the Lee Valley walkthrough Hackney Marshes to the warehouses and canal-side pubs of Hackney Wick and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, heading up to the Lee Valley White Water Centre for some kayaking, visiting the Bruce Castle Museum or hiking in Epping Forest.
Tottenham has some of Londons’ best microbreweries and taprooms, including Beavertown and Pressure Drop.
A little way north of Clapton and Stoke Newington is a rapidly-transforming Tottenham neighbourhood that’s home to this adeptly decorated two-bedroom Victorian house.
A sweet blue facade and lawned front garden lead into the open-plan lounge and living space, where the owner’s eye for design becomes clear. A dark blue wall complements a blue-brick fireplace and gleaming wood floors that run throughout the house, while floor-to-ceiling glass doors open into the garden, and built-in cupboards boost that all-important stuff-stashing capacity.
The separate kitchen has been done brilliantly, pairing sleek white cupboards and smart white tiling with rustic wooden shelving. Upstairs are two light double bedrooms, one with an original fireplace and hanging rails in the alcoves.
Outside there’s loads of seating space on the wooden decking, next to abundant greenery; tall grasses and ferns. The large shed at the back of the lawn has been transformed into a white-washed cabin, currently used as a summerhouse hangout.
The garden is undeniably lovely, but one of the best things about the house is its proximity to some expansive green spaces. Tottenham Marshes, with its linked reservoirs and the River Lee, is only a couple of streets away, connecting to Walthamstow Wetlands Nature Reserve. Europe’s largest urban wetland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to important birdlife. Better bring some binoculars. There’s a great waterside local, too, the Ferry Boat Inn.
THE OWNER SAYS
I bought this property for its lovely cottage look and it’s quiet spacious garden. The garden doesn’t back onto other houses and is bordered by matured trees giving it a calm feel that also attracts lots of wildlife (nesting birds, jays and collared doves are frequent visitors).
Since I’ve been here I’ve landscaped the garden, adding low maintenance grass and perennial planting, a summer house and brought in a tree surgeon to prune back some larger trees.
I’ve renovated the house throughout, restoring period features, adding more work space to the kitchen and added eco friendly cork and rubber flooring.
I really love all the surrounding green spaces with Lordship rec and Downhills park nearby and a short walk to Tottenham marshes with the riverside paths of the Lee Valley way leading into east London.
Bluecoats, the Beehive and the stylish and retro cocktail bar Mona’s are all close by. It’s a short bus ride to lots of lovely cafes and restaurants - Perkyns, Forks and Greens and The Palm are some of my favourites.
Explore North London
1 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.
2 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The largest club stadium in London, “New White Hart Lane” is state-of-the-art in every possible way. Freshly built in 2019, it’s naturally a second home to any Spurs fan, but it also hosts all visiting NFL games and big music acts like Lady Gaga. Most importantly, it represents a £1 billion investment in Tottenham and the surrounding area.
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 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!