Within a quiet pocket of Stratford, at the end of a sweet and uniform Victorian terrace, is this beautifully realised contemporary home. Re-imagined from the ground up with a keen eye for design and quality of materials, the owners have created a modern sanctuary in the heart of east London.
Torrens Road, Stratford, 4 Bedroom House
The current owners have lovingly renovated the house with great style and aplomb. From reclaimed floorboards sourced from a Norwegian church to a small bedroom fitted-out as a designated dressing room – when it comes to attention to detail and ingenious use of space, this home has it all.
Added to the cosmetic alterations, there are some inherent architectural benefits to the house. For example, the living room downstairs and front bedroom on the first floor are considerably larger than the others on the street since it's at the end of the terrace. This positioning also makes the angles within the house unusual, but wonderfully so, which has enabled design decisions such as the positioning of the fireplaces. These elements combined, set the tone and atmosphere for a home that embodies the best of the moment, yet acknowledges and respects its Victorian ancestry.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: E
Part of the London Borough of Newham, the house falls into Council Tax Band C. In 2018/2019 that worked out at £1,119.
The intelligent design of the garden makes it more like an extension to the house. A continuous flow of the grey, slate tiles, from the kitchen and into the patio, creates a seamless divide, and the smart, Cubola Awning means you have an extra ‘room’ that is usable for much of the year.
Set between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Wanstead Wetlands, there is a diverse range of outdoor activities on your doorstep.
London City Airport is reachable via car or the Docklands Light Railway in around 30 minutes.
THE OWNERS SAY
We are really going to miss living on Torrens Road. More than anything we have loved making the house a home that we have been able to enjoy with friends and family.
The ground floor living area leading out onto the garden is perfect for get-togethers and has been the setting for many summer barbecues (and the odd kitchen disco). Our favourite part of the house is the loft – it's such a light and peaceful space which completely transformed the way we live here.
Our favourite things locally include weeknight cinema at Stratford Picturehouse, Friday happy hour at Here East and lazy Sunday afternoons in the Forest Tavern. We’ve also loved discovering the restaurants, bars and cafes that have opened over the last couple of years in the East Village – the Dark Horse, Santi and Tina We Salute You are firm favourites.
The transport links from Stratford and Stratford International are fantastic and having Westfield on our doorstep has also been a real bonus.
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to maintain accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these are intended as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection. Total floorplan measurements have been rounded for ease. Distances are also provided as an approximate.
Explore East London
A legacy of the Olympic Games in London, this park is a wonderland for sporty adults and little explorers. There are world class facilities for cycling, swimming and tennis as well as more relaxed activities like nature trails, play fountains and boat tours. There’s also the chance to zoom down a slide from the top of the UK’s tallest sculpture if you're feeling adventurous!
Illustrating how central creativity is to this area, Bow Arts Space hosts studios for local artists as well as a gallery. With plenty of events open to the public, come here for open gallery events and performance evenings. Up a cobbled lane in a former convent building you’ll find Carmelite Cafe where you can enjoy delicious brunches and lunches served up by welcoming staff.
Vegan? You would never know. The super popular, extremely delicious, vegan curry house that champions sustainability. They have a tiffin club, which lets customers get their takeaway in a reusable metal tiffin.
A large pub with groovy decor (think disco balls) that serves bottomless brunch and hosts an array of events, from yoga to drag nights.
This coffee house doubles up as an independent Art & Culture space, and the mix works perfectly – managing to be cosy and chilled while also being engaging and interesting. In the evening, with a licence and DJs, the vibe switches up to become a great spot to hang out pre-club.