A fabulous decked terrace is the star of the show at this characterful ground-floor flat. Blessed with original Victorian detailing, high ceilings and a great location in up-and-coming Stroud Green, you are within strolling distance of Crouch End and the green expanse of Finsbury Park.
Stapleton Hall Road, Stroud Green, 2 Bed. Flat
Good impressions begin at the entrance to the red-painted terrace house, which is shared with three other flats, as colourful Victorian tiles adorn the front porch and panels of stained glass surround the glazed front door.
Inside, elegant period windows span an entire wall in the sunny main bedroom, where glass doors open onto the raised deck. With space for sofas, easy chairs, a pot plant or two, and towering trees forming a green backdrop, this is a wonderful spot for a ‘sundowner’ or relaxed weekend mornings.
A huge bay window with plantation shutters and the highest of high ceilings keep the beautiful open-plan living room feeling fresh, while a window seat provides extra perches around the dining table. This is a brilliant space for hosting, where a smart white kitchen with metro tiles segues into the lounge/dining area, painted duck egg blue with wooden floorboards, a fireplace, and clutter-banishing built-in shelves and cupboards. It’s these extra details – traditional wooden radiator covers, fitted wardrobes in the main bedroom, Victorian-style patterned floor tiles in the bathroom – that imbue the home with character and make it such a great place to spend time.
Back outside, the long, tree-lined street of well-kempt red-brick Victorians on which the property sits leads to Crouch Hill, a strip connecting Stroud Green with Crouch End. Stroud Green is closer and is an under-the-radar area, but there is much to like: a bit villagey, a tad creative, with a growing number of delis, poshed-up pubs and cool cafes. A little further afield but still within your orbit, Finsbury Park, Green Lanes and Crouch End extend the range of neighbourhoods to explore and enjoy.
THE OWNER SAYS
We love our bright south-facing bedroom that opens up onto the balcony – our little haven during the summer for al fresco dinners and weekend barbecues. We’ll miss our open-plan living area which is perfect for entertaining. Our neighbours are the best around and we have the world’s (or at least north London’s) best coffee shop at the end of our road!
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating of D.
Part of the borough of Haringey, the property falls into Council Tax Band C (£1,134.42 in 2021/22).
One of four in a Victorian building, with one on each level, the flat has a 50 per cent share of freehold with 152 years remaining on the lease.
The ground rent is £250 paid annually. As 50 per cent freeholders, current owners also receive £325 ground rent, so there is a net benefit of £75 (offset versus insurance).
Three of the four flats are owner-occupied, the other rented to long-term tenants.
The current owners have lived in the property for three years, making improvements to the bathroom and adding fitted bookshelves in the second bedroom during that time.
A second bedroom is currently used as an office but is adaptable to a variety of needs.
Transport links are close and numerous: links via Harringay train station (0.2 miles), Crouch Hill (0.6 miles) and Finsbury Park (0.8 miles).
Finsbury Park is (un)officially the best-served transport hub in Zone 2 and can get you most places double quick: Kings Cross in fewer than 10 minutes, Oxford Circus in 15 minutes and direct overground trains to Old Street and The City.
The Parkland Walk, which follows an old railway trackbed from Finsbury Park to Highgate, is moments from your door.
Explore North London
1 But First Coffee
This little café is a real local favourite. Its delicious pastries and award-winning Ozone coffee get almost as much love as its friendly service. But First Coffee is just around the corner from Harringay station, so you can get to know your new neighbours by making it part of your morning routine.
2 The Dusty Knuckle
Their second location, shares more of the good stuff: a bakery and café by day, a pizza and wine spot by night. The Dusty Knuckle is a purpose-driven business, helping at-risk youth take forward steps in their lives through on-the-job training and mentorship. Insanely popular, and utterly delicious there isn't anything about his place we don't like.
3 Urban Native
A health food shop that’ll put a smile on your face. Selling much more than your everyday wholefood supplies, you can pick up vegan wines and get your sweet fix with organic chocolates and delicious cakes. All guilt-free!
4 Pizzeria Pappagone
No frills, but consistently packed out with happy punters, there is nothing not to love about this brilliant local Italian. All the familiar favourites are on show, and everything is done perfectly. You can fill up to bursting and be on your merry way in about an hour. It's a particularly great spot if you have children.
5 Max's Sandwich Shop
An old client put us on to Max's a while ago now, and it's been a mixed blessing as their sandwiches are so freaking good, they become quite addictive. Proper meals in themselves and cheap (around £7 a hit), it's easy to find yourself getting Deliveroo to pick one up for lunch, or a quick afternoon snack or even as a second breakfast... Any excuse, basically! Oh, and the wine is delicious and inexpensive, so dropping by in person is also worth the effort.