Tucked away in Muswell Hill, this enchanting three-bedroom Edwardian house is stripped back to the beautiful basics, celebrating its natural assets to create a stylish and comfortable home.
Hampden Road, Muswell Hill, 3 Bed. House
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Current energy rating D. Potential rating B.
In the borough of Barnet, the house falls into Band E (£2,134.36 in 2022/23).
Approx. monthly costs: Gas £160, Electricity £70, Water £45.
The owners have fitted a whole new heating system, including a new boiler, and have rewired the house. They have replaced the windows at the front and refurbished the bathroom with vintage fixtures and bespoke fittings. French windows were added in the kitchen. Outside, they've built a garden studio with full electrics and recently repainted all exterior woodwork at the front of the house.
Hampden Road is conveniently situated on several bus routes, meaning you can hop on a bus and take your pick of the nearby tube stations, including Bounds Green, Highgate or Alexandra Palace.
Already a wonderful and spacious home, there is scope to grow the house should you need more living space, now or in the future. It is possible to convert the loft to create more rooms, while others on the street have done the side return to make a larger ground floor.
This house has an authentic appeal that makes you feel welcome from the very first moment. It's not often that a property comes along that embraces the elements beneath the surface, but this enchanting house has been tastefully renovated to reveal beautiful bones.
Exposed brick and original cast iron radiators add texture and character –– the visible architectural details give an austere elegance. From the blond wood floor to the rustic charm of the kitchen, it is simple, unpolished and utterly charming.
The kitchen has a heart-of-the-home warmth and a touch of county living. It links to a handy utility space as well as the south-facing garden. Here, the garden studio offers an ideal work-from-home space but would function equally well as a retreat from the stresses of the day. Upstairs, the bedrooms are unpretentious, decorated in soothingly neutral tones. And last but not least, in keeping with the house's aesthetic, the bathroom has been fitted with bespoke copper piping and an original freestanding bath, making it our favourite spot in the house.
Hampden Road is found on the north side of Muswell Hill, putting the array of independent pubs, shops and cafés that line the Broadway within easy reach. Alexandra Palace is also around the corner, making it a short jaunt to the farmers' market held every Sunday or the Rolodex of live music, events and festivals, including Kaleidoscope and the insanely popular Fireworks Night.
THE OWNERS SAY
The house has been our peaceful haven. It's warm and creative and feels more like being in the countryside than in a busy city thanks to being so close to Highgate Woods with its café and live music, wild and beautiful Queen's Wood, and, of course, our favourite, Hampstead Heath - unbeatable for walks, picnics with friends and pond swims all year round (if you dare!). We've had many a lazy pub lunch at The Flask, Bull & Last or The Spaniards Inn.
Muswell Hill feels alive with so many good places to eat, health-food shops, and up-and-coming young musicians often busking. Toffs is a must for their famous fish n’ chips, and Banners restaurant in nearby Crouch End is an all-time favourite.
Locally there's so much to get involved with: The Park Theatre, yoga studios, bowling, and loads of specialised groups organised by the community. And being only 45 mins into central London but with easy access to the countryside, it's really the best of both worlds. We have loved it.
Explore North London
1 Bluebell Wood
A little hidden gem that makes you feel far away from the hustle and bustle of London. Small but perfectly formed, it has fantastic views up to Ally Pally and an ever-changing backdrop through the seasons.
Get your daytime caffeine pick-me-up from this buzzy café in Muswell Hill, or a hearty lunch that caters to everyone. This local neighbourhood restaurant has delicious food, with flavours inspired by the Southern Mediterranean encompassing Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Korto create fresh and nourishing dishes that will keep you coming back for more.
3 La Lluna
Unbeatable tapas and cocktails to be had at this fab, buzzy Spanish restaurant, right on the Broadway. Our personal favs have to be the stuffed courgette flowers and the crispy chipirones, plus they also have some delicious, charcuterie and regional cheeses. Well worth a visit.
4 Chriskitch Muswell Hill
For anyone that doubts salad can be a proper fulfilling meal, we challenge you to visit the wonderful Christkitch. The vibe is informal (pooch and kid-friendly), and the menu is outstanding. Salads are their speciality with unexpected yet delightful combinations, although it’s worth leaving room for their cakes, too.
5 Cosi Homewares
Everyone has their favourite homewares store, and this is one of our favs – certainly in Muswell Hill. Behind the gorgeous curved window, Cosi has a fab selection of things for the home to peruse and inspire.