Two Bedrooms | Vaulted Ceilings | Balcony
Kaleidoscopic colours, vaulted rooms and a setting that feels like a film set – all characteristics of this unique, two-bedroom Victorian apartment above a retail parade on Columbia Road in East London.
Once you’ve pushed through one of the street’s most Instagrammed front doors, head upstairs to the first floor and an eclectic 873 sq ft interior whose tactile and organic materials deliver the tranquility and warmth that stems from a well-travelled life.
Vaulted ceilings place emphasis on the scale of the living room which enjoys huge amounts of natural light from a combination of Velux windows overhead and large sashes that draw you to that slightly surreal Columbia Road streetscape: it’s a picture-perfect view and really comes alive on Sundays when the world-famous flower market is in full swing.
At one end of the room, a new wood burner sits in the chimney stack and creates a cosy ambience in winter with help from the polished French oak flooring.
The eclectic look continues as you pass a kitchen that starts in this room but concludes in the hallway, with the units finding a neat home in what used to be the top of the stairwell landing. It works rather well with no wasted space and a work surface reclaimed from a school physics bench.
At the mid point of the apartment, a double bedroom looks onto a reclaimed balcony area where the current owners sit outside. The second bedroom (another vaulted space) is at the rear and makes practical use of every inch, including the mezzanine that’s currently used as a bed deck. It’s also another bright room with two large windows filtering plenty of natural light.
From the hallway, a little bi-fold door reveals a small staircase leading up to a private snug that sits well away from the rest of the accommodation – the perfect environment to enjoy some reading or moments of mindfulness.
Whilst Columbia Road and its surrounding streets paint a picture of quiet serenity, they’re front and centre of one of the capital’s vibrant communities. The retail, cafe and pub scene is fiercely independent which keeps people flocking back day after day.
Head just a few hundred yards to the end of the street and the city fringe opens up and draws you out to play: from hedonistic Shoreditch nightlife seven days a week, to weekend mooches around Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Broadway Markets. Whatever you’re into, it’s all on your doorstep.
For getting around town, buses on Hackney Road will drop you in the West End or South Bank in around 25 minutes, or you could pick up the Northern Line at Old Street which is around 15 minutes on foot. Liverpool Street is about the same distance for National Rail services including the Stansted Express, along with the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Elizabeth Lines.