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Highbury New Park
London N5£975,000 Share of Freehold

Highbury New Park

The main living room was once a ballroom, designed with incredibly grand dimensions that echo the classical concept of the ‘divine proportion’

This remarkable one-bedroom apartment is located on the beautiful tree-lined avenue of Highbury New Park. It is set laterally on the raised ground floor of a handsome, Grade II-listed detached house, which is positioned within a conservation area. Internal accommodation extends to 920 sq ft and has incredibly grand proportions; the main living room was once a ballroom and has exquisite original plasterwork and features, including full-height tripartite sash windows, fine mouldings, an exceptional marble chimneypiece with a working fire, and oak parquetry flooring in the Versailles style. The apartment benefits from sole use of the driveway and has its own garage and section of the large rear gardens.

Setting the Scene

Highbury New Park was developed by Henry Rydon upon a site of some 100 acres in the late 1850s, with this particular house designed by the noted Victorian architect Charles Hambridge. For more information on the area, please see the History section below. 

Set back from the road behind a low wall and bank of laurel bushes, the house itself is a grand structure in the high-Victorian style. Built from yellow brick set in Flemish bond, it has smart dressings of red brick, stucco and stone. It also has a Welsh slate roof, typical for London townhouses of the period. A separate garage lies at the end of the driveway, with access to the beautiful gardens beyond.

The Grand Tour

Steps lead from the paved private driveway to the round-arched main entrance and its two-storey porch, which opens to the apartment’s immediate and private entrance at the raised ground floor. The apartment occupies the rear of the building and is bathed in a wonderful easterly light. A long hallway spans the entire width of the plan, connecting sleeping quarters at its southern range with the kitchen at its north; the grand living room is positioned centrally.

A doorcase displaying exceptional detailing leads to the main living area. This space is some 23 feet square, echoing the classical concept of the ‘divine proportion’ with soaring ceiling heights and a generous sense of scale. The room is flooded with light from the grand triplicate round-headed sash windows, which frame views to the verdant gardens beyond through panelled casements. There is exceptional plasterwork throughout, with elegant decorative mouldings to the walls and mirrored inserts to the supporting columns. A highly ornate and circular fluted Corinthian column acts as a centrepiece, while a deep antique marble chimneypiece with acanthus leaf detailing is surmounted with an arched inset mirror and houses an open cast-iron grate, perfect for winter fires.

The kitchen is discreetly positioned at one end of the hallway, where Calacatta marble sits atop custom-built elephant-grey cabinetry; appliances are by Miele.

At the far end of the plan is the shower room and bedroom, which houses plentiful fitted wardrobing in a panelled design. Painted in the soothing tones of ‘Harwick White’ by Farrow & Ball, there is also a beautiful original chimneypiece with decorative inset tiles and a cast-iron grate. There are peaceful views onto the greenery of mature neighbouring trees, some thought to have been planted prior to the house being built.

The separate garage offers an additional 220 sq ft of utility and storage space, while a laundry area is conveniently positioned to the rear.

The Great Outdoors

A secure gate leading from the driveway opens to the spacious mature gardens at the rear; additional private entry can also be gained from the apartment’s garage. The gardens are entirely open, with no immediately visible dividing lines, allowing for an uninterrupted flow to the apartment’s private section to the rear of the plot. Planting is established, with a wonderful assortment of shrubs, evergreens, and flowers that come to life in spring.

Out and About

Highbury New Park is in an excellent location, close to Newington Green’s burgeoning culinary scene and a great selection of parks, including Highbury Fields and Clissold Park. Fashionable Dalston and Islington’s Upper Street are also close by. Head west and Highbury’s butchers, delis and quaint cafes make for an easy Sunday morning stroll, as do the village-like shops and markets along Stoke Newington’s Church Street. Highbury Barn is around the corner, with its highly regarded butcher, deli and cheese shop. There are further provisors at Newington Green, including bakeries, a greengrocer, an Italian deli, a florist and a health food shop, as well as numerous restaurants including Primeur, Jolene, Westerns Laundry, Farang and Perilla.

Highbury & Islington station (Victoria Line and Overground) as well as Canonbury station (Overground) both provide brilliant connections into central London and the East End, alongside multiple bus routes.

Service Charge: Approx. £3,200 per annum

Underlying Lease Length: Approx. 991 years remaining

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. Inigo has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

History

Highbury New Park was built to provide homes for the emerging middle classes, who were looking for refuge from the City of London. It coincided with the urban park movement of the mid-19th century that marked the time, hence the wonderful parks and green spaces that make up the area. The houses were planned on a north-south axis and upon a wide ‘boulevard’, cutting through an enchanting arcade of 200 now-mature London plane trees. The immediate area is famous for its literary connections and was once home to the likes of Evelyn Waugh and George Orwell (the latter penned chapters of 1984 in The Canonbury Tavern).

Highbury New Park — London N5
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