A wonderfully bright, spacious and immaculately refurbished, two-bedroom apartment in a four-storey block close to Victoria Park in Hackney. The apartment is situated on the top floor of the building, designed by John Spence and Partners for the Crown Estate, and is accessed via a glazed, well maintained, communal stairwell.
Inside the flat, a hallway opens out to a large open-plan living/dining room, with huge windows that overlook the communal garden and fill the living space with light. The recently installed bespoke kitchen in plywood and cork, designed by Uncommon Projects, provides plenty of storage and comprises two ovens, an induction hob, a dishwasher and a washing machine. Beautifully restored parquet flooring runs throughout the kitchen and living space.
From the living room, a corridor leads to a newly-fitted bathroom, which has a Japanese-style tub and a walk-in shower, and benefits from natural light. Opposite the bathroom is the generously sized main bedroom. At the end of the corridor is the second double bedroom, currently used as a study, and features a built-in desk as well as built-in wardrobes.
Additionally, there is a separate secure storage unit, on the ground floor and at the rear of the block, which offers plenty of space for bikes etc. The residents of the building also benefit from the use of a large west-facing garden.
– The apartment is offered unfurnished
– Available from 1 June 2021
The building is situated on a quiet street on the northern edge of Victoria Park and moments from the independent shops, restaurants and pubs of Victoria Park Village. It is a short walk from London Fields and Broadway Market.
The nearest stations are London Fields and Cambridge Heath, which run services to Liverpool Street in approximately ten minutes. Hackney Central Overground station and Bethnal Green tube station are about a 15-minute walk away.
The Crown Estate acquired Victoria Park and the surrounding land in the 1840s. After James Pennethorne laid out the park, he intended to build spacious villas around the new public space. The grand villas were never built and more modest terraces were constructed for middle-class families in the 1870s. Immediately following the Second World War, many of the bomb-damaged houses in the surrounding areas were redeveloped by the London County Council — largely with blocks of flats, often 12 storeys high. By the mid-1960s, however, the Crown Commissioners began to redevelop Skipworth Road employing architects John Spence and Partners to design buildings that were sympathetic to the original Victorian streets. There are three developments by the architects on Skipworth Road (originally Ainsworth Road): a four-storey block of flats, raised above garages and the first to be completed in 1968; five terraced houses; and a cluster block at the end of the street where it meets Gore Road. Although separate buildings and each with their own character, they are unified in their use of crisp brown brick and careful detailing.