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Fig trees, olive tones, rustic Victorian living awash in a simple, elegant and modern palette that makes this house a delight for the ages. Hackney's hidden garden treasure. Set on the end of a run of terraces, this two bed house, dating back to 1870s has a fascinating history and an abundance of potential to take it into the next era of living for its new owners. Stood not far from Mare Street and London Fields, this Hackney home boasts unusual treasures, light, location and a hidden walled garden.
A striking, open plan Victorian Terrace house, this is the epitome of something discerningly different. For those not obsessed with perpendicular layouts, brace yourself to enjoy the quirky attitude of this welcoming home. Take the stairs up to the house from street level, the hallway inside has numerous options; from the doorway that takes you to a handy little cellar, a downstairs WC, and a staircase up to the first floor. Follow the parquet flooring through to the open plan living, dining and kitchen space and you will find a suite of treats awaiting. The owners have let the bright and sunny demeanour of the house speak for itself, accenting with pops of colour here and there but letting the natural beauty of the wooden flooring do all the talking, the modernist style a sidekick to the ingrained style of the house.
The living room, with its large windows looking out onto a birch tree and sunny mimosa is a fresh, fuss-free canvas to apply your own design stamp. Connecting through to the kitchen dining area is like stepping back in time. The iroco wooden surfaces, Smeg range cooker, reclaimed butler sink and Istanbul tiles serving oodles of impact, with the main event, that Nocellara olive green kitchen creating art in this quirky hub. The dining area allows you to gather your favourite people for experimental cooking late into a summer's evening, before heading out into the garden to lounge under that Hawthorn tree. Just imagine it.
Head upstairs and the two bedrooms sit, equally spaced, equally lovely with high ceilings and exposed wooden boards that have been left natural for the flooring. The main bathroom has been beautifully renovated with lava stone floor tiles and underfloor heating for those chillier winter months. Blue terracotta wall tiles give yet another burst of colour when needed, giving this Victorian property a wonderful Mediterranean vibe. The dual aspect of this living and eating space means light is never limited.
This home has the sweetest corner plot garden you could imagine. Private and secluded, in part thanks to the hornbeam tree, there are vines, blossoms, jasmine, lilac and fig, pear and olive trees. This garden is a wonderfully considered extension to the house and you'll easily forget where you are. Lyme Grove is in a conservation area, so what you get here is a heavy dose of London history that has been delicately modernised to offer a relaxed, contemporary and chilled home with touches of that Mediterranean lifestyle that we all crave in our outdoor space. Pick a fig, pour some freshly made lemonade and sit back in your own piece of city paradise.
- Setting : A corner plot near London Fields, with it’s own garden - yes please.
- History : One of a pair of houses, Lyme Grove’s twin was destroyed on the first day of the Blitz. The house that now stands in that spot, known as The Photographer’s House, was sold through MMC back in March, so this home has a deep-rooted connection to its plot, place and Mr & Mrs Clarke.
- Three words : Modern, elegant and mindful.
- Living Spaces: Kitchen has Iroco wooden surfaces, smeg range cooker, reclaimed butler sink and Istanbul tiles. Light living room with large windows looking onto birch tree and mimosa with parquet flooring.
- Bathroom: Reclaimed mirror, lava stone floor tiles with underfloor heating, blue terracotta wall tiles.
- Surroundings: Quiet cycle way next door. 5 mins walk to London Fields overground station. 7 mins to Hackney Central. Lots of bus routes from Mare Street.
- Outdoors: 80sqm secluded garden with large hornbeam tree, vines, blossom trees, jasmine, lilac and fig, pear and olive trees. Patio area to the front of the home - ideal for bike storage.
- Services: Broadband. Gas boiler. Central heating. All mains.
- Local Authority: Hackney.
- Council Tax Band: E.
- Tenure: Freehold.
The hustle and bustle at its best
To remember your location and bask in the glory of all that Hackney has to offer, just a few steps outside your door puts you en route to London Fields and Victoria Park. You’re close by to Well Street and Broadway Market. For the mini humans, there are an abundance of great schools, three of which have outstanding OFSTED ratings. Just five minutes walk to an overground station and only a couple more to Hackney Central, you’re in a great spot for connecting to central London but can also enjoy the quiet nature of this area, with a lovely quiet cycle route close by.
Hackney has one of the most diverse populations in the whole of England, and this fusion of cultures and cuisines, alongside it’s signature ‘hipster’ status has resulted in the borough becoming London’s most exciting and eclectic place to eat and drink.
Let’s start with food – the only place to start. Hackney is a food Mecca in our eyes. Morito is a classic, My Neighbours the Dumplings is as great as it’s name, Sager + Wild is romantic and Bistroteque is an institution.
Saturday is the day to head to Broadway Market for a wander, some food (more food) and catch up with pals. If you are a market fan then Columbia Road, Brick Lane and the less well known Netil market are close.
It’s impossible to get bored in East London’s Hackney and that is why we think it is one of the best places to live in the capital. Whether you are a family with kids or just a big kid, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Local Life in Hackney
- Supermarket: Broadway market is super. But there’s a 24 hour Tesco with parking near Hackney Central, a Marks & Spencer on Mare Street and a Lidl on Well Street.
- Pubs: from the Windsor Castle to the Kenton, there's no shortage of places to go for a pint of real ale or a roast dinner.
- Walks: Jump on a bike instead and tootle down the canal