Gillender Street | E14
Huge live/work town house in East London.
In today’s new normal, the idea of putting home and work together is ever more relevant; if that is what you are after this three floor, three bedroom town house in East London will really deliver the goods.
Old Library Court is a modern addition to a period building on the A12, close to Bromley-By-Bow tube and within easy reach of Fish Island and Stratford, whilst there are excellent transport links to Canary Wharf as well.
The house fronts a large, open residents’ courtyard and, judging by the seating and barbecue arrangements, it is clearly a very social space.
Once inside, there is an overwhelming sense of tranquillity and serenity. Large, open rooms with high ceilings are beautifully finished and styled. The ground floor is currently used as an office and works really well, with its cloakroom and full size kitchen, but would be equally good as a family reception area.
Head up one flight of stairs to two generous rooms, full of natural light, again currently used as office and storage but would make perfect double bedrooms, separated on the landing by a family-sized bathroom.
Up one more flight of stairs and the mezzanine room in the eaves of the house is an absolute joy. Again, it is currently used as an office but, with a little work it could be a cool loft-style bedroom.
Since purchasing the house in 2003 the owners have seen some spectacular changes in the local area, all for the better. Nobody can deny that Stratford and the Olympic Park had a hugely positive effect on the surrounding neighbourhoods and that has only continued.
There is a huge range of bars, restaurants, and shopping if you head over to Westfield, and the station at Stratford hosts one of London’s best travel hubs with tube lines, the DLR, buses and overground services as well as trains covering the South-East and international destinations.
If you are looking for a slightly groovier scene, Fish Island has a diverse mix of coffee shops and eating establishments that sit shoulder-to-shoulder with galleries and creative spaces.