Old meets new on Arlington Ave; No need to trade the mod cons of a new build when you're buying a period property, says Steve Irish.
Byline: Steve Irish
Victorian properties have lost none of their appeal over the last 150 years. For Londoners seeking character and value retention, it's hard to beat these beautiful old brick buildings, with their idiosyncratic layouts, high ceilings and timeless style. But buying old comes at a cost: dodgy old electrics, antiquated plumbing and a million other little problems just waiting to siphon off what's left in your bank account.
What you really want is all those lovely period features, but with none of the associated faffing around that installing and refreshing them so often requires.
This property on Islington's Arlington Street - in the heart of a conservation area - offers just that. It's the creation of professional "place maker" Dominic Richards, CEO of Our Place, a design firm that focuses on entire areas, instead of single properties.
The two bedroom home spans three floors, with the main living room situated on the raised ground floor, a three-piece Savoy bathroom situated in a rear extension, a huge kitchen with floating island counter on the lower ground floor, a study, and a master bedroom with an ensuite.
So far so good, but the real beauty of this property lies in the incredible attention to detail in its restoration. Period features include sash windows, restored cornicing, oak parquet flooring with walnut edging and ceiling roses.
The master bedroom features wood panelled walls, which also mask a fitted wardrobe; storage that takes advantage of chimney nooks; and an ensuite with Victorian-style geometric tiles. Throughout the house you can find traditional column radiators, heavy curtains and period-appropriate finishes to cupboards and drawers. When you walk into the property you'd be forgiven for thinking it was all original, if it didn't look so new.
And the 'newness' doesn't end with the finish: there's also an intelligent lightwave lighting system which al-lows you to set the mood in each room (from your iPhone, should you desire), a smart heating system that detects if anyone is in the house and heats it accordingly, and a video surveillance system to give you peace of mind.
This is the kind of home that could only have been created by a designer - now you can take advantage of that experience and attention to detail, and live in one of London's most desirable postcodes.
PS Contact Cluttons estate agents at cluttons.com or call 020 7354 6666 AREA GUIDE: N1 HOUSE PRICES Source: Zoopla DETACHED SEMI TERRACED FLATS PS1.6m PS1.8m PS1.8m PS596,000 TRANSPORT Source: TfL Time to Kings Cross 25 mins Time to Liverpool Street 23 mins Nearest tube station Angel
ARLINGTON AVENUE, ISLINGTON, PS1.395M
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|Publication:||City AM (London, England)|
|Date:||Jun 28, 2019|
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