North London has become very desirable in recent years, with an incredible vibrant social and foodie scene having grown up in the Islington and Camden areas, and Kings Cross undergoing a real renaissance. (Read our Fast Track to Becoming a Local in Islington and Camden here.)
It also has plenty of stunning properties, such as the six below. But even if your budget doesn’t quite cover any of these beauties, at least you can look – and dream…
1. Nash Villa by Regent’s Park
John Nash (1732-1835) was the architect behind Buckingham Palace, Regent Street and the Brighton Royal Pavilion, so he knew a thing or two about beautiful buildings.
For just £15.5m you could own this stucco fronted 6-bedroom Nash Villa, set back behind electric gates on the fringe of Regent’s Park and a few minutes’ walk from the boutique shops of Primrose Hill.
2. An architectural masterpiece with its own spa
‘Infinity House’ is a Grade II Listed, Georgian house in Clerkenwell with a superb 2015 three-storey extension created by the owners, who are internationally-acclaimed designers.
It has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a spa complete with pool and sauna, a cinema, three roof terraces with amazing views and an additional self-contained one-bedroom apartment. Oh, and it was shortlisted in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2016. A snip at £6,999,950.
3. Lateral living in Barnsbury Square
Leafy Barnsbury Square in Islington is one of the quietest in London, despite its proximity to the bustle of Upper Street and Angel.
These superb three-bedroom, three bedroom apartments with open plan living areas are the peak of ‘lateral living’ in London (i.e. they take apartments to a whole new level).
The guide price is £2,825,000 and there are 10 for sale.
4. Amazing interiors in Yardley Street
If you love spectacular interior design (without the effort of doing it yourself), then how about this fabulous property in Yardley St, Clerkenwell.
The stunning, colour-exploding rooms have been carefully designed to enhance the period features of this three-bedroom Grade II Listed Georgian house. It has a large cinema room, a bright conservatory room and is very close to Exmouth Market. On at £2.15m.
5. A room (or two) with a canal view
Regents Canal is one of the best features of Islington, and this two-bed modern apartment has a full-width balcony overlooking it. The perfect spot for sitting and watching the world go by (very slowly).
Haggerston Station is a step away, or you can stroll down the canal to Angel. On with Purple Bricks at £715,000.
6. An Islington garden haven
Islington is full of lovely, peaceful garden squares, and Arlington Square is one such haven. Set on a no through road, this Grade II listed four bedroom four storey home is London townhouse living at its most desirable – very close to every conceivable North London amenity, yet very quiet.
And as well as the garden square, it has its own charming garden at the rear. Guide price of £1,895,000.