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Jesus Green House | London | E2

Jesus Green House | London | E2

Jesus Green House

Elwin Street E2

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Creativity lies at the heart of this seductive home. "The previous owner was an artist and I wanted to preserve as much of its integrity as possible when I bought the house many years ago", says the current custodian. Simplicity, when carried out right, has an enduring appeal and is delivered here exquisitely.

The often overused phrase "urban village" is still the perfect description for the setting of this former workers cottage in Shoreditch. The Jesus Hospital Estate, more commonly referred to as simply Jesus Green, is a genuine slice of tranquility in the heart of London's fashionable east side: bar the odd high-rise peeking over the rooftops, you'd never know you were in the city's creative quarter.

You'll find lots of Victorian character with sash windows, shutters, panelled doors, alcove cupboards, bare boarded floors, belfast sinks and a roll-top bath. An original cast iron fireplace in the front bedroom is countered by a contemporary mantelpiece in the living room, while modern iron radiators form a stylistic bridge between then and now.

Upstairs, the layout is familiar and classic Victorian: two bedrooms plus a generous bathroom in the rear addition with a vaulted ceiling and the original linen cupboard.

On the ground floor, the original walls between the twin reception rooms and hallway have been removed to provide a spacious open-plan living space with a beautiful Rayburn range as its focal point. From here you navigate to a timeless kitchen with shaker style units, woodblock worktops and open timber shelving, and then to a courtyard garden teaming with floral colour that's easily topped up from Columbia Road flower market (about 30 seconds away).

Talking of things to do, head out and explore the local social scene and you'll not be short of activities. Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Broadway Markets are all accessible on foot and offer a diverse catalogue of offerings from art and fashion to street food and furniture. The range of bars and restaurants locally is immense, but for true local style, head for a pint at The Oak on Columbia Road and follow it with food at Brawn, Laxeiro or The Stingray Cafe, between them serving a contrasting European menu.

As well as the green directly opposite the house, the open spaces of Haggerston Park and Weavers Fields are close by, with Victoria Park just a few minutes further. And wherever you're heading in London, it's all very accessible. The City is easily within strolling distance (or a short bike ride); nearby Hackney Road has a constant stream of buses heading into town; there are Overground stations at Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street; Bethnal Green is a stop on the Central Line, with Liverpool Street's terminus and interchange about a mile away.


Elwin Street, london E2


Energy Efficiency Rating (Current)
Energy Efficiency Rating 39%
Energy Efficiency Rating (Potential)
Energy Efficiency Rating 76%
Environmental Impact (C02) Rating (Current)
CO2 Emissions 40%
Energy Efficiency Rating (Potential)
CO2 Emissions 79%


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