There’s so much to fall for in this three-bedroom home in Kentish Town. Sensitively extended with the utmost quality and care, you’ll delight in the beautifully understated aesthetic.
Grafton Road, Kentish Town, 3 Bed. House
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Current Energy Rating D. Potential rating C.
In the Borough of Camden, the property falls into Band D (£2,588 in 2022/23).
Current monthly costs are approx. Gas £60, Electricity £60, Water £45.
An extensive remodelling, including rear and second-floor extension. A new Roundhouse kitchen, bathroom renovations, underfloor heating installation, and hand-made, built-in storage. Outside, new decking was laid in the garden and a new fence to finish it off.
The house moments from Kentish Town West Overground station and Gospal Oak is only a little further away. Kentish Town, on the Northern Line and Thames Link is also a short walk away.
The house is behind Little Garden Day Nursery, which is Ofstead Outstanding, and an N Family Club nursery, moments away, is due to open this year. London Zoo is a 15-minute walk towards Regents Park, and Kentish Town City Farm (on Grafton Road) are great options for entertaining little ones. The area is also well known for the excellent local schools, including the French school: Collège Français Bilingue de Londres.
Regents Canal is London’s most iconic waterway. And in recent years, it has morphed into one of the Capital’s great walking/cycling routes, whether heading east towards Kings Cross and beyond or west towards Little Venice. You can pick it up from Camden, half a mile away.
Attention to detail defines this handsome home. Designed and reconfigured by the duel involvement of Studio Mark Ruthven architecture practice and the renowned Clifton Interiors, based in Primrose Hill. Every element has been carefully considered and realised with aplomb.
The ground floor offers seamless open-plan living. Light spills in from the skylight and windows along three walls. The space embodies contemporary elegance, thanks to the harmonious use of materials and textures, from the marble worktop of the Roundhouse kitchen to the micro-cement flooring, complete with underfloor heating. The glass doors open into the attractive garden blurring the lines between inside and out.
Upstairs are three large bedrooms. The third is on the extended second floor, accompanied by a magnificent en-suite bathroom: tiled in Mandarin Stone tiles and warm underfoot, with integrated speakers (also fitted around the house for your sonic pleasure). The bedroom leads onto a terrace giving views of the London skyline.
Grafton Road is situated at the epicentre of Kentish Town, within the Inkerman conservation area, yet it remains tucked away from the bustling High Street. You’ll find top-draw pubs and delicious food options in every direction, but why not start with The Grafton at the end of the street, a past winner of the prestigious British Pub of the Year award? And when you need to keep the little people entertained, Kentish Town City Farm is moments away and the splendid refurbished Victorian Prince of Wales Road swimming baths is at the end of the road.
THE OWNER SAYS
We are perfectly positioned between some of the best parks in London. If you walk to the top of the road, you are at Hampstead Heath, a 15-minute walk along the canal in the opposite direction, and you are in Regents Park. After a 10-minute walk heading west, you reach Primrose Hill Village and Primrose Hill Park.
Kentish Town has an array of great cafes. Kentish Town Stores, in our opinion, serves the best coffee and cheese toasties amongst locally made ceramics whilst also offering a space to work. Kossoffs is our go-to for the best pastries, and The Fields Beneath is a fantastic vegan café that also runs regular wine tasting nights.
We are located just behind Camden Town Brewery, where you can enjoy freshly brewed beer and focaccia. We have an endless list of favourite pubs (including The Grafton at the end of the road), all within walking distance: The Pineapple, The Lion & Unicorn and The Bull & Last are just a few. We often venture to a lovely restaurant called Patron, which does excellent French food and has a lovely wine selection. They also have a wine and cocktail bar called Tabac a couple of doors down. Alternatively, we head to Anima e Cuore for the best Italian homemade food.
Our neighbours are a mix of young professionals and families. Since the pandemic, a group of us meet every Sunday outside one of the houses for drinks and nibbles, which gives a real sense of community.
We often pop down to the new Curzon cinema, which is tucked under the historic railway arches and comprises five intimate screens. It is hard to resist popping into Hawley Wharf food market pre-film for a bite to eat. We absolutely love the area and could go on and on about why!
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This beautifully restored, Victorian public house is found in the heart of Kentish Town. Two bars: upstairs and downstairs (plus a lovely roof terrace) and the food is very good indeed.
This fab coffee shop is one of the best in KentishTown. Tucked under the arches next to Kentish Town West, it is a local favourite and bit of a hidden secret. Delectable pastries, seriously good coffee and a warm atmosphere make this a winner.
What a brilliant idea: a cocktail bar in the disused Victorian lavatories on the Kentish Town roundabout. Cool. Tasty. Historical. Plus, they serve homemade sausage rolls. What’s not to love?
New, used and vintage tomes line the shelves of this stacked-to-the-rafters bookshop. A labour of love that shows in every pencil-priced volume, it’s a happy holdover from a bygone era where browsing is much more leisurely and rewarding than anything you’ll find online. Don’t know what you’re looking for? Perfect. You’re sure to find it at Black Gull.
This much-loved, underground nightspot has re-opened after prohibitive rents saw it close in 2015. We are delighted. And so too are the rest of the north London bar flies.