Architects' own home with guest studio

Architects' own home with guest studio

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

Nov 2018 update: we are doing some building work until spring or early summer, so cannot exchange during this time.

This house comes with a personal story as well as lovely daylight, green views and modern comforts. It is located in the cosy Stroud Green area, a short walk from both the popular shops, cafes, restaurants and cinemas of Crouch End as well as the excellent transport links of Finsbury Park.

The house sits at one end of a quiet residential street, on a triangular plot of land that once served as stables and garages. In 2008, we replaced this with a two-storey timber building and separate guest/work studio, joined by a small yard. The main house has great views of (though no access to) a covered green reservoir as well as the mature trees of a former railway nature walk that stretches from Finsbury Park to Highgate Woods. This is a very popular recreational walk/run/cycle path and a nice alternative route to the station.

Please note that the accommodation is split into two smaller buildings, you can stay in one or both depending on requirements. The main house has a double bedroom, two small single bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor, with an upstairs open plan kitchen/living/dining room. There is a wood burning stove, induction hob, internet TV, wi-fi, bathtub and hi-fi system that you can plug your phone into. This is our main residence and for you to stay here we’d need to be away. The studio has a sleeping alcove with a double bed, a shower room and a living room with a kitchenette. We use this for projects and guests, so it is possible to organise a stay here for 1-2 people while we are at home. We don’t have a car but can arrange vouchers for on street guest parking if you let us know in advance. The yard has high walls on all sides which makes it very private, with good sun for coffee before lunch and also in the afternoon.

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Who we are

  1. We are a couple with two boys, 8 and 14 years old.

  2. We are both architects. Maria works with school design in the UK, mostly London, and Luke works with specialist glass installations all over the world.

  3. Although we would love a longer break, our current circumstances are better set up for a long weekend or week in the UK or Europe. We get excited about interesting cities and architecture, the sea and the mountains, including skiing (Nordic and Alpine). Having said that, please feel free to write to us from anywhere, we are open to suggestion.

    Please note that our availability for direct exchange is currently dictated by UK school holidays:

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

London is really a patchwork of villages, and this is a perfect location for local London "village life" only 15 minutes' walk from Finsbury Park Station, with central London a 15 minute tube ride away. The area is very attractive with a nice mix of green spaces, quiet streets and lively places to eat and drink and shop, both in Crouch End and along Stroud Green Road - including the old and noisy Rowan's bowling! There are two cinemas and a local theatre, and several really good restaurants.

Best restaurants
La Fabrica (tapas) and Season on Stroud Green Road, Dotori (Japanese/Korean) by Finsbury Park Station
Stroud Green (5 minutes): The Old Dairy, Stapleton Tavern (pubs). Crouch End (10 minutes): Kiss the Sky (cocktails), The Maynard (pub). For clubs you will need to look in other parts of London, but you can easily get back to Finsbury Park on the weekend night tube.
Favourite cafés
Crouch End and Stroud Green Road have many, many of these - Haberdashery in Crouch End is particularly good for food
Where to go shopping
Crouch End (clothes, gifts, books, vinyl records)
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
Hornsey Library and Town Hall in Crouch End (modernist brick buildings), Alexandra Palace (World Exhibition, also used for first TV broadcast, year round large ice skating rink)
Local walks
Parkland Walk to Finsbury Park and Highgate Wood (and Alexandra Palace), walking around Crouch End
Places you love to exercise
Parkland Walk is 50m from the house and perfect for running or walking. Hampstead Heath is 5 minutes on the local overground train from Crouch Hill and has swimming ponds all year as well as lots of hilly paths for walking or running. Finsbury Park itself has a good 2 mile circuit and free exercise equipment, also a great playground.
Top day trips
Hampstead Heath, Richmond/Kew (on overground, 1 hour), Thames Clipper catamaran river bus between Westminster and Greenwich (not local to the house, obviously, but a great and not too pricey way to see the river). The small Soane museum near Holborn is London's best hidden gem for anyone interested in architecture and the history of museums.

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