Totally unspoiled very high ceilinged Victorian flat, has not been updated, re jigged, renovated, rejuvenated, rebuilt, its not a blank canvas, or a project, it's not a matter of a few features, this is the real thing.
We have kept it like this against the tide of urgings to modernise, we lived there happily with our children for many years and love it as it is, and the flat has an aged beauty and harmoniousness you can't find in something where the age has been stripped out of it. We have left London, rented it out for a few years (several children other than our own have lived there) we have to sell but want to find someone who loves it for what it is.
THE LEASE HAS GONE DOWN TO 67 YEARS AND THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE PRICE - THIS MEANS THIS IS A CHANCE TO GET A VALUABLE FLAT NEAR THE CENTRE OF LONDON, FOR CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN IT IS WORTH.
Large double windowed front room, 14 x18 with fireplace, a large sunny kitchen with a huge window the view from which out the back is a valley made from all the back gardens running perpendicular to it, two double bedrooms, fireplaces in every room including the kitchen, all its original sash windows are there and work, all original floorboards (varnished), all the original joinery, even the wooden ceiling in the front bedroom. Carpeted stairs with stair rods, anaglypta wallpaper (peeling in places), an extra loo with window, and a big, partly wood-panelled hallway at ground level where you can store things on the shelves and have books. Gas fired central heating and hot water (means you can be in the bath all day and look out across the back gardens)
It is on a busy and lively street with restaurants and bars and proper shops, a traditional greengrocer, butcher, and grocery shops, ironmongers (two! One is the legendary Chinese Mr Mix who has everything) the beautiful Georgian Highbury Fields are at the top of the hill, with grass to walk play on, tennis courts and a one O' clock club for children, and in the other direction there is also Finsbury Park park with the same facilities including rowing boats. Railways (to Moorgate or Cambridge) and tube station (Picadilly and Victoria lines) 5 mins walk at the end of the road, and buses into Camden, Trafalgar Square or the city (No.4 from outside the house) .
All in all a great place to live and a very rare chance to have a spacious, bright, unspoiled and beautiful, purpose-built Victorian flat near to the centre of London.
Royal Court playwright Gregory Motton "The Tony Benn or Dennis Skinner of playwriting" (The A-Z of Contemporary Playwrighting) lived here between1994 and 2008 and it retains most of his decoration and some of his furniture.