Mr Clarke thinks :
This home deserves the most creative of owners. It is a celebration of old and new in an area of London that welcomes and encourages dynamic thinking.
In a world where the phrase unique can be thrown around, this home, formerly J.Gooding’s Pie ‘n’ Mash shop is the epitome of individualism. A pioneering conversion sits across three floors; bold and full of flavour like the pies baked before it. Set in East London’s hub for vinyl culture, coffee roasters and authentic greasy spoons, this shop-cum-home sits within a high-octane thoroughfare where variety really is the spice of life.
Three bedrooms, one incredible living/working space and a main bathroom bring together elements of a former working cafe and launch it into the future, with a respect for its historical origins and a thoughtfulness that oozes out of the home in eco credentials.
Whether creative endeavours, evenings of entertainment or simple family set ups are on the cards, Well Street offers a fresh space to do all of the above. They have left the renovation simple and intentional, so that provenance is never lost. This is achieved in part thanks to the re-purposing of many elements of the shop. You’ll spot these as you walk-through, all delicately up-cycled for a new life.
This is a studio and living space, so the downstairs on street level is rooted in history and ready for the next gen of living and working. You can celebrate the home’s former guise as a shop front, with awnings and shutters still in place, maintaining a considered element of safety. The windows have also been frosted for privacy, creating a soft and inviting glow from dusk into evening.
Inside is where home truly is; the red clay tiles still intact and crisp square white gloss tiles on the walls set the scene and work with the central table space in this live and work hub. It is simple, unceremonious and welcoming and at ease with itself. Pops of Mid-Century touches gives design nods everywhere; from the vinyl shelf and the neon splashes of colour in cabinets and cupboards. Even the original glass ceiling draws the eye; a wooden frame tiled grid, lovingly re-instated in homage to the past, when the first of the three green roofs were installed on the building.
Mrs Clarke loves :
What's apparent as soon as you arrive is the charming proportions all around you. For example, I love the stairs - seemingly tucked away, but actually, a real design nod in this innovative shop-turned-home.
The ground floor is where most retained features sing. It is historical and yet playful; you can feel the past and the present intermingling here. In the kitchen zone, the original counter has been re-purposed into work surfaces, and the Pie 'n' Mash benches are now shelves, and other functional elements around the home can be found. It is the transformational quality of living here that excites the senses. In the kitchen the cork flooring is a highlight and then out onto a very sweet and private courtyard, you feel as though you are a world away from Well Street.
Upstairs the careful mix of new build and restoration continues - two bedrooms and the main bathroom retain original floors and features, whilst a new store and office space is neatly nestled in the centre of the conversion...Perfectly proportioned and ready for creative thinking. Crittal windows and original floorboards make for stylish bedrooms. The softness with which each room has been designed keeps the home fresh. On the second floor sits a new light-filled principal bedroom with a tiny terrace, which completes the set for this home.
It is the special touches throughout this home that have you pouring over the images; that barely mint green staircase, tucked into wall of the house, the cupboards lined under the windows in some bedrooms, creating little window seats, it all comes together beautifully. What truly completes this home, are the subtle yet big efforts that have gone into making this shop a home - fire safety measures and an elaborate sprinkler system,eco friendly materials and high quality fenestration - have all been implemented with respect of the space - its past and its future.
- Setting : East London...home of the greasy spoon and vinyl collectors heaven.
- Three words : Pie for dinner?
Our favourite part
It has a quirkiness and rhythm thanks to its artist owners who have made it into a family home.
Well connected & friendly
East London is home to an eclectic array of styles and housing vernaculars. It’s is culturally diverse and thrives on independent businesses bringing their A-game to the streets in a celebration of authentic London living. Victorian terraces, newer builds and Post-War estates mingle and bounce off each other.
Well Street, Hackney, is a thoroughfare for the E9 postcode, bustling and vibrant. Homerton Overground Station is a short walk away, as are Well Street Common and Victoria Park for weekend jaunts. For day-to-day living, there is everything you need; a huge Tesco sits at the top of the street and for family time there’s The Grand Howl not too far away.
A friendly place with a great sense of community
- Stores: For those design enthusiasts always looking for a new home glow up, Mahala could indulge your every whim.
- Pubs: If you come alive in the evening, why not hop over to Peg London for a cocktail or perhaps the incoming Jolene will tickle your fancy?
- Schools: For the little ones, Berger Primary and Orchard Primary.
- Internal area - 130 sq m
- Tenure - Freehold - the shop front has A2 usage EPC - C
- Downstairs - The epitome of a hub for living, dining and working. Open and honest. Kitchen - Features repurposed work surfaces from the old shop counters. We love this! Living spaces - Stripped out shop space has a cool eclectic vibe.
- Upstairs - beautifully laid out over two floors. Original flooring is a highlight. Bedrooms - Easy going, naturally designed to let the history of the space thrive. Bathrooms - One main bathroom for the family.
- Outside - Quaint, quirky courtyard with seating area.
- What3words - locker.give.weedy.
- Local authority: Hackney
- Council Tax band: B