London property guide: Hackney
As the London property market has been hotting up, Hackney has been one of the key boroughs hitting the headlines
Friday 02 May 2014
The regeneration and rise of areas like Hoxton and Shoreditch have helped to turn around a reputation that was not always the most savoury and the result is certainly noticeable in house prices. The average cost of a home in the multicultural east London borough hopped above £500,000 for the first time at the end of 2013, as Hackney experienced the steepest year-on-year rise in prices in England and Wales.
Partly this was down to the Olympic effect as Hackney was one of the five host boroughs for the 2012 Games. As well as Hoxton, Hackney Marshes, Cazenove and Victoria Park are also property hotspots, as is Clapton.
Hackney is also known for its green spaces – it’s one of London’s greenest boroughs - including the historic London Fields which has a heated lido swimming pool and an enormous wildflower meadow, Hackney Marshes (which has more than 80 football, rugby and cricket pitches), and Hackney City Farm which dates back to the early 19th century. Elsewhere, Stoke Newington Reservoirs are two former Thames Water reservoirs which are a nature reserve in urban Hackney run by the London Wildlife Trust.
On Saturdays, Broadway Market offers a particularly excellent range of food and drinks (and clothes) as does London Fields. Ridley Road Market in Dalston is a great traditional market.
Indeed Hackney is a delight for foodies. There is an excellent range of cafes and decent gastropubs throughout the borough. If you like Turkish and Asian restaurants, head to Kingsland Road and around Mare Street for Vietnamese. Stamford Hill is at the heart of the Hassidic Jewish community and has many kosher bakeries and delis.
Other attractions include the National Trust’s Sutton House built in 1535 by one of Henry VIII’s favourite courtiers. Hackney is also home to former music hall the Hackney Empire theatre, while cinemagoers have two great choices in the Rio in Kingsland High St which dates back to the 1900s as well as the Hackney Picturehouse.
A first-floor flat with two bedrooms, a spacious reception room and communal grounds in a leafy part of London
A three-bedroom flat with a spacious rootop terrace and balcony, accessed from a private gated courtyard
A Grade II-listed pile with six bedrooms, stables and 39 acres of grounds in Standlake
A two-bedroom flat with boutique hotel-style interiors, close to the foodie haunt of West End Lane
A two-bedroom flat in a beautiful old vicarage, with many original features, close to the city centre
A three-bedroom 16th-century home with an aga kitchen, private gardens and heated outdoor pool, in Hadleigh
A three-bedrom home in sought-after Queen's Gate Mews, with Italian marble-finished bathrooms
Surrounded by glorious countryside in the village of Udimore, sits this impressive four-kiln oast and barn conversion
A five-bedroom house in the picturesque village of Kettlewell, north Yorkshire
An 18th-century former coaching inn with original staircase, open fireplaces and beams throughout
A Grade II-listed Georgian town house with three bedrooms and a south-facing courtyard, near Arundel Castle
Feel on top of the world at this über chic penthouse on the 37th floor of one of Europe’s tallest blocks.
A Grade II-listed Victorian villa with six bedrooms and two further cottages, all with spectacular sea views
A grade II-listed, Georgian cottage with mature 50ft garden, perfect for summer entertaining
A magnificent Georgian pile with turrets, seven bedrooms, a heated pool and four acres of gardens
Fairoak Farm has five bedroom suites, gym, outdoor swimming pool and golf course
Chic two-bedroom river-fronted flat with a private lift that delivers you directly to your home
A spectacular seven-bedroom Tudor pile, once owned by Henry VIII, with 18 acres of land
A seven-bedroom Georgian property previously used as a picturesque wedding venue
A split-level flat in a church conversion with two en suite bedrooms and 1,200sq ft of living space
A three-bedroom bungalow situated behind an impressive stone wall, £645,000
Windsor Castle overlooks this three-bedroom Victorian cottage located on one of Windsor's smartest roads
Chapel House is a former vicarage with nine bedrooms in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley
A five-bedroom B&B and separate owner's accomodation with potential for conversion
Enjoy summer by the Thames in this two double-bedroom converted warehouse in Rotherhithe village
A one-bedroom, luxury apartment with private gym and concierge service in Moorgate
A four-bedroom house in Hermitage Gardens with three reception rooms and landscaped gardens
A seven-bedroom Grade II-listed property with a separate self-contained apartment
A five-bedroom Victorian house with three reception rooms and galleried landing, £695,000
A six-bedroom farmhouse with five acres of land in a former cloth-making village
A secluded seven-bedroom detached house with large private garden, £490,000
A three-bedroom cottage overlooking Sarratt village green with open fires and solid oak floors
A three-bedroom maisonette flat in a Grade I-listed, Georgian townhouse in a sought-after location
A one-bedroom apartment located within a private gated development, north of Turnham Green
Look forward to a brighter future at two-bedroom Sunny Cottages, ideal for Londoners looking to downsize
A three-bedroom red-brick cottage with outbuildings and pretty gardens, £200,000
This three-bedroom flat within a former textile factory spans the corner of the fourth floor and has a balcony
A charming four-bedroom Oxfordshire cottage with oak floors and chunky-beamed ceilings, £465,000
A beautiful one-bed flat in a sought-after portered block, with access to Norland Square communal gardens
A one-bedroom flat within a Sixties school conversion with high-spec design and open-plan kitchen, close to Lambeth North Tube, £435,000
A 17th century four-bedroom house, with open fireplaces, cellar and pool, £600,000
A three-bedroom, coach house with luxury open-plan living space and contemporary breakfast bar
A newly refurbished one-bedroom flat in the heart of Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square
A charming four-bedroom house overlooking Burleigh Square Park, close to Thorpe Bay
A three-bedroom farmhouse with a large inglenook fireplace and exposed beams
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