Hackney is an exciting place to live because it’s constantly evolving. For much of the twentieth century, the area formed the hub of London’s thriving textile industry. But, when factories moved out of the city and empty warehouses replaced industry, the neighbourhood became a less desirable place to live. This all changed in the 1990s when artists and creatives seeking cheap accommodation moved into the area and the district began to earn a reputation as a vibrant and trendy place to live.
Today, Hackney’s continuing appeal comes from the fact that it never really lost its edge. Old cockney pubs can be found next to hip bars and world-class cafes, while some of the city’s most exciting chefs have opened restaurants here, contributing to a thriving food scene.
Despite the neighbourhood’s urban buzz, there’s also a surprisingly large amount of green space. When the sun is shining, locals head to Hackney Wick and Victoria Park or take a dip in the London Fields Lido, a 50m Olympic size swimming pool that’s open year round.
One of the most unique residential properties is Richmond Road, currently on the market with Dexters. Less than three metres wide, the glass fronted house looks slender from the outside, but offers four storeys of thoughtfully designed space from within.
Centred around a bespoke steel and timber staircase, the former coach house has two double bedrooms, which feature sash windows and charming white shutters. The lower ground floor provides a minimalist bathroom with a large central bathtub and skylight, while the ground floor features a long kitchen and dining area with wooden cabinets and timber floors that connect to the reception room and outdoor space.
Packed with smart design features, the house is a prime example of how to maximise functionality within a limited floor plan. Integrated cabinets and storage have been fitted throughout the home, while floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights and white walls make the rooms feel spacious and open.
Outside, the urban garden is secluded with tall trees and has a decked terrace for alfresco dining as well as a long lawn with a dining table and chairs at one end.
‘Located just a two minute walk from London Fields, and nearby to Broadway Market, this sleek and well designed house would be perfect for someone looking for a one of a kind property in the heart of East London,’ says Jodie Ryan, Director of Dexters Hackney.
‘Those who want an easy commute to central London will also find Dalston Junction and Hackney Downs overground less than half a mile away.’