Architect: Basil Spence
Located just a short walk from Caledonian Road Underground station, this wonderfully bright one-bedroom flat with balcony is situated on the second floor of a Local Authority building designed by Sir Basil Spence, one of Britain’s most celebrated Modernist architects.
Upon entering the flat, there is a wide hallway, which could be used as a study area. This leads to an open-plan reception room and kitchen, with a door to a large balcony offering plenty of space for sitting out in the sunshine. The balcony can also be accessed from the double bedroom, and there is a modern bathroom. The flat has good storage, including a large wardrobe where the boiler used to be, and double glazing throughout. It is presented in excellent condition, having been fully refurbished by the current owners.
The estate has recently been redecorated throughout. The owners of this flat lease a garage at a cost of £83 per month.
It is rare to find a property at this budget in such a central location. Sturmer Way is adjacent to the Hillmarton Conservation Area, within easy reach of central Islington, Upper Street and King’s Cross to the south, as well as Camden and Kentish Town to the west. Local facilities, including supermarkets, can be found on Holloway Road. Both Caledonian Road and Holloway stations are a short walk away, and there are numerous local bus routes. Islington Indoor Tennis Centre, which also has a gym, can be found at Market Road. Freightliners City Farm by Paradise Park is also close by and the open spaces of Highbury Fields are to the east.
Lease: 122 years unexpired
Service charge: Approx £645 pa
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
A prominent figure in the Modern Movement, Sir Basil Spence (1907-76) is best known for his spectacular design for Coventry Cathedral. He was born in India but was sent back to Edinburgh at the age of 12 to attend school. Spence studied both at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Bartlett School of Architecture. Early in his career he worked for Sir Edwin Lutyens, who provided him with much inspiration. Although he completed three houses in Scotland during the inter-war period, Spence’s career flourished post-war. Stylistically, many of his buildings blend Modernist and traditional elements – for example, the Regency style is in evidence at a house he designed in Stirlingshire, and the Scottish vernacular at the Canongate Development in Edinburgh. Sir Basil Spence was President of the RIBA from 1958 to 1960.