An exceptionally large and bright three bedroom purpose built flat in excellent condition throughout. On the first floor of a well-managed low rise building off Gordon House Road, within a short walk of Hampstead Heath. Close to Gospel Oak (Overground), Belsize Park (Northern Line) and South End Green's multiple shops and transport links. The flat has an abundance of storage. Double glazed throughout. Chain free
Living Room 15' x 14'7" Door to south facing balcony
Kitchen Diner 12'6" x 10' Fully fitted. Ample dining space
Bedroom 15' x 9' Large built-in wardrobes
Bedroom 13'1" x 9' Built-in wardrobes
Bedroom 12' x 6'4" Built-in wardrobe
Bathroom 5'6" x 5'5" White suite. Fully tiled
Separate wc White suite
Hallway 12'4" x 9' Accessing all rooms. Excellent storage
Balcony 10'6" x 4'9" South facing. Accessed from living room
Tenure: Leasehold 106 years
Ground rent: £10 p.a.
Service Charge: £208 per month. Includes heating, hot water and buildings insurance
Council Tax: Band C (Camden Council)
Grafton Road is named after the first Duke of Grafton, Henry Fitzroy (became duke in 1675). He was the second son of Charles II by Barbara Villiers. He died in 1690 while in command at the siege of Cork. Be-wigged and be-robed, he sat for fourteen portraits – he'd have definitely owned a selfie stick!
Grafton Road runs in a northwesterly direction from Prince of Wales Road to Mansfield Road via Oak Village. It's a good example of the diversity of architecture which is so characteristic of Camden and Kentish Town. Modern and period buildings blend with commercial and residential. The once spit and sawdust pub south of Queens Crescent is now full of luxury apartments.
Those with a big appetite for affordable period family homes – the sort of appetite where you go to a restaurant and do an 'eat-all-you-like' night out and still find room for a kebab on the way home – will enjoy Grafton Road. This road is going through a transformation, which has gained momentum in recent years. The run-down terraces are slowly disappearing to be replaced with smart new conversions. A row of terraced houses sitting behind mature gardens (136-148) can safely be described as lovely. But the street has retained its character and is not too polished (think dad-bod – the sort of physique with an extra bit of weight to shift, but enough muscle to still attract the girls).
Then again, with the recently refurbished Kentish Town Baths now a sports centre (with more luxury flats above) you could turn the dad-bod onto a beach-bod without breaking a sweat. If you're a speed merchant though, best to have a spin session in the gym before you step outside. Width restrictions and speed bumps slow everything, including the traffic, to a sedate pace. There is plenty of scope for discovering out of the way places here. The MAP Studio Café on the corner of Inkerman Road is by day a café but by evening a swish venue for live jazz and comedy. Forget the silly prices of the West End and get your entertainment on your doorstep.
Queens Crescent Market halfway along is considered a rare find these days, being a local community market which sells things people might actually need. Watch out Camden, Exmouth and Broadway, Queens Crecent Market is coming to get you.
Don't be surprised if among the hustle and bustle your ear attunes to the rich and sexy tones of the French language. Recently relocated, Collège Français Bilingue de Londres in Holmes Road is now a magnet for London based French families determined to get the best education possible for their children. Hopefully what you hear will be more meaningful than Eric Cantona's: when seagulls follow the trawler it is because the sardines will be thrown into the sea. Maybe he said it with aplomb, but Sardines? Trawlers?
All in all, Grafton Road is the place for those with eclectic tastes and a desire to live in a more affordable yet increasingly sought after area of London. Because of all the good transport links you'll never be far from anywhere.