After several very fun years living right in the middle of Dalston, work is taking us elsewhere, so it's regrettably time to sell up.
This is an amazingly located flat, just off Kingsland Road on a quiet back street. With two overground stations a stone's throw away, you can easily get into central London in less than 20 minutes. Kingsland Road remains one of the best places in London for going out: lined with fantastic restaurants, bars and clubs from Shoreditch to Stoke Newington, with Dalston right in the middle. The Rio Cinema, Arcola Theatre, Cafe OTO, Gillett Square and Dalston Roof Park are all a couple of minutes away. And for shopping, the Kingsland Shopping Centre is on your doorstep.
Hackney is among the greenest parts of London, so there's masses of green space within easy walking distance—London Fields, Haggerston Park, Hackney Downs, Victoria Park, Clissold Park. Wanders along Regent's Canal take you through park land almost all the way to the Thames.
The flat itself has one spacious double bedroom, perfect for a couple or an individual, and a large living area. It was a new build when we first moved in back in 2010, so it has a nice modern bathroom and kitchen which remain in good condition, and bills are super-cheap. There's a secure bike store just next to the front door, and a private car park in the basement in which spaces are available for a small extra.
It's in a striking building designed by architects Waugh Thistleton, with an integrated array of wind turbines down one side which contribute to the building's electricity supply. For summer days, there's a communal roof garden for residents with views out over the City, with The Gherkin, Shard etc all in plain view.