A large three bedroom two bathroom garden flat with private entrance and exclusive use of large garden, converted from the entire lower ground floor of a substantial period house in one of Tufnell Park's premier streets. St George's Avenue is within walking distance of Tufnell Park and Holloway's multiple shops, restaurants and transport facilities. Gas centrally heated. Share of freehold. Chain free
Living room 24'5" x 14' To bay window. Ample dining space. Fireplace
Kitchen 10'8" x 10'4" Fully fitted. Door to garden
Bedroom 11'2" x 9'9" Two sash windows. Ensuite bathroom
Bedroom 13'3" x 8'5" Leading to study
Bedroom 8'9" x 7'6" Overlooking garden
Study 10' x 4'9" Off bedroom 2. Door to garden
Bathroom 9' x 5' White suite
Bathroom 9'3" x 4'3" Ensuite to bedroom 1
Rear garden 47'9" x 26'3" Mainly lawn
Front garden 18'9" x 14'6"
Tenure: Share of freehold
Service charge £600 p.a. Includes buildings insurance
Council tax: Band D (Islington Borough)
St George's Avenue is deemed to be in a conservation area. It is leafy, wide and tree-lined (well, it is an avenue!) Tufnell Park is a close neighbour to Camden and Kentish Town and no poor relation either. With no through traffic, St George's Avenue might almost be said to be tranquillity personified. It runs parallel with Tufnell Park Road and, along with Anson Road, is regarded as one of Tufnell Park's premier roads. Time and tide wait for no man (or woman) but St George's Avenue has weathered the rigours of time and tide and is every bit as attractive as originally intended by the Victorian planners of 1880.
The houses tend to stand three floors high with developed basements. The chief attraction of the avenue, and other surrounding streets such as Archibald Road and Anson Road, is that they are mostly residential. Preserving this Victorian character comes at a price – negotiating terms for a loft conversion, for example, can be tricky. According to some roofing specialist sites, however, you can bring light into a loft via a sun tunnel that doesn't impact on the look of your roof – that's about as technical as it gets here, I'm afraid, and don't hold us to this.
There are a small number of modern local authority buildings in the area which have been converted into private flats. The only purpose-built block on St George’s Avenue is on the end leading to Carleton Road.
For centuries, the Tufnell Park area was pastoral (for the grazing of sheep, not the giving of spiritual guidance) and served London with dairy produce. At least it was grazing for sheep and not cows. We're mostly all lactose intolerant these days (and gluten free, vegan, veggie, organic, low fat) and don't need the added temptation of a plethora of dairy in such close proximity. On the other hand, we needn't have been too guilt ridden – sheep's milk is easier to absorb and the fat globules are smaller than in cow's milk. Be thankful though that you wont be awoken at some ungodly hour by a ewe bleating for her lamb. There's still enough greenery around so it's easy to imagine how it might have once looked.
There are no shops on St George's Avenue but plenty of supermarkets not too far away. According to a Lloyds Bank study, the best supermarkets to live by for house price uplift are Lidl, Aldi, Morrisons and Asda. But living near any supermarket brings financial benefits as well as convenience.
During the mid 18th century, William Tufnell was granted the manor of Barnsbury through marriage. The manor is no more, but it stood on the site of the present Holloway Odeon. The manor’s gateposts, however, can still be seen on Tufnell Park Road. Gates that Lead Nowhere, sounds like a song title (you heard it here first). In Camden Bus' street images, you'll see two wooden gates that do lead somewhere – to two houses on St George's Avenue. So with this in mind here are some genuine songs with the word gate in their titles: Gates to the Garden, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Devil Gate Drive, Suzi Quatro, Gates of Eden, Bob Dylan. Any more? Ranker Music lists 84!
William petitioned parliament for permission to develop his estate but he never used the lease. The estate passed to his brother George who married into a fortune owned by Mary Carleton in 1804, hence her maiden name appearing as two street names in the area. Development began in 1845. Initially work was largely limited to the area around Carleton Road. The second half of the 19th century, George’s surveyor, George Truefitt accelerated the development and was responsible for the local villas and St. George’s Church (1865). With all these Georges involved, it was inevitable that at least one street would have this name.