Smart mo Per­fect N1 blend of old and new

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes - By David Spit­tles

RIP­PLES of de­vel­op­ment spread­ing out from Shored­itch and Is­ling­ton are meet­ing in the mid­dle. Not so long ago each area had a dis­tinct prop­erty mar­ket — the former noted for cool loft liv­ing, the lat­ter for gen­tri­fied pe­riod town­houses.

Blur­ring the bor­der now is a crop of new pro­jects that com­bine the best of taste­ful con­tem­po­rary de­sign and hand­some tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture.

Re­gent’s Canal and City Road Basin are key pieces of the jig­saw. Wharves and fac­to­ries are mak­ing way for smart new homes; ar­chi­tects, de­sign­ers and dig­i­tal start-ups are set­tling into the quiet back­streets, and there’s a sprin­kling of gas­trop­ubs such as The Rose­mary Branch, also a noted theatre and mu­sic venue. Near the canal, Shep­herdess Walk is lined with ware­house con­ver­sions and is nei­ther An­gel, nor Clerkenwell, nor Hox­ton. A street plaque says in 1861 it was part of the par­ish of Mid­dle­sex, as was De Beau­voir Town, a cov­eted en­clave of early 19th-cen­tury houses built on the back of the canal trade.

“The district ap­peals to City bankers who want to throw off the shack­les of a suit in their down­time,” says Nick Davies of Hack­ney es­tate agent Stir­ling Ack­royd. Three su­perb mews homes have been cre­ated be­hind a Vic­to­rian ware­house façade, right, at 23 El­iz­a­beth Av­enue. Spread across four lev­els, the light-filled, open-plan in­te­ri­ors have dou­ble-height spa­ces, glass walls, ex­posed brick­work, tim­ber floors through­out and mul­ti­ple ter­races. Prices from £2,295,000. Call 020 7749 3810.

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