Architect: Basil Spence

Russet Crescent
London N7


Under offer

Located a short walk from Caledonian Road Underground station, this bright one-bedroom apartment with private balcony is situated on the first floor of a purpose-built block designed by Sir Basil Spence, one of Britain’s most celebrated Modernist architects.

Entry is via a wide entrance hall to an open-plan reception room and kitchen. Timber-framed glazing along one aspect overlooks the communal lawns and there is a door to the west-facing balcony, which is also accessible from the double bedroom. Next to the modern bathroom is a large cupboard with utility appliances and storage space, of which there is an abundance throughout the apartment.

Russet Crescent is part of the Stock Orchard Estate, built by Islington Borough Council between 1970-71, and is situated in the Hillmarton Conservation Area. The estate consists of six apartment blocks in red brick with varying sized flats, all with private balconies or gardens.  It is located a short distance from Islington and the shops, bars and restaurants of Upper Street. There are a number of excellent pubs in the area, including St John’s Tavern and The Landseer, and a weekly farmers’ market is held at the Tufnell Park Tavern. London Metropolitan University is approximately seven minutes’ walk.

The area has excellent transport links, with connections to the Piccadilly Line at nearby Holloway Road and Caledonian Road stations (both around five minutes’ walk). Highbury and Islington station, a short bus ride away, has Victoria Line and London Overground services.

Tenure: Leasehold
Lease Length: approx. 89 years (125 years from 1981)
Service charge: approx. £100 per month
Ground Rent: £10 per annum


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.

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Basil Spence

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.

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