Making the headlines in London for all the right reasons – loft style living offers properties to rent in Finsbury Park, N4
LPC Living has recently completed a unique private mews development offering property to rent in Finsbury Park, N4 that has been grabbing the headlines for all the right reasons.
This week Fonthill Mews was recommended as a ‘Smart Move’ in London’s Evening Standard, citing the development’s “Scandi-style in up-and-coming Finsbury Park”. Previously the scheme had made the front cover of the Islington Gazette as its ‘rental of the week’ describing the development with properties to rent in Finsbury Park as “Modern mews where New York modernism meets north London mews houses”. We take a look at what makes this development so unique and has got everyone talking about it and go for a coffee with its interior designer, Mike Baxter one of the two Baxter Brothers, who are also behind the cool Kip hotel in nearby Hackney (www.getsomekip.com).
LPC Living, a company within Pervaiz Naviede Family Trusts portfolio, immediately spotted the potential of this now desirable development when it came up for sale in 2015, and snapped up this little gem within 24 hours of it going to market. So began a 16 month construction period of restoring the property, exposing its historical elements and bringing its beauty back to life.
History of Fonthill Mews
Set in a historic mews and former coach house, originally to serve the nearby houses of Fonthill Road, each mews is originally 100 years old. The history of the site is even older – before they were built a church occupied part of the site. The development’s last life was as a drab 1980’s office development that had largely stood vacant and neglected for several years – you wouldn’t believe this by is cool, yet warmth style that it alludes today.
Tranquil and green in the centre of Finsbury Park
Fonthill Mews Just a short walk from Finsbury Park station, (and also Stroud Green Road, one of the best streets for eating out in the area). Once through the wooden paneled iron entrance gates on Lennox Road you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of London life. A winding path, lit with minimalist stainless steel lighting leads you to the centre of the mews through meadow like gardens where residents can relax on their decked terraces leading out from open-plan living areas.
As the development competes, Mike Baxter reviews the interiors in neighboring coffee shop Mishi Sumaq on Fonthill Road, an independent shop that provides some of the best coffee and pastries in the area. The uniqueness of each home is very apparent, as is the attention to detail; bespoke kitchens are hand painted so that everyone is a different colour. A lot of the finishes at Fonthill Mews are inherently London, as with the crackle glaze tiles you can spot on the Underground. Traditional radiators have also been used, again to give this feeling of contemporary yet of its time. The crown marble worktops look great with a shaker kitchen and the big range cookers. The living spaces are defiantly a show-stopper, and the open plan kitchens the centrepiece – somewhere to spend a lazy weekend morning, with coffee and the papers and equally somewhere you would want to have friends around and entertain.
Bespoke stainless steel handrails that lead up to the first floors of the houses were custom made in Scotland. The bathrooms are all bespoke too, they were made specifically for the project. Bedrooms, some with vaulted ceilings and skylights feature natural sisal flooring, adding warmth and texture. From these upper floors glazed terraces can be accessed, overlooking the gardens, summer breakfasts or evening drinks may beckon.
A bite to eat in Finsbury Park?
Whilst living at Fonhill Mews, you may not want to venture out once you are home, yet the neighbourhood tipped as up and coming by the Evening Standard has lots to offer. You don’t have to travel far – literally across the street to local Italian Osteria Tufo (www.osteriatufo.co.uk) which is run by a lady called Paola from Naples, who provides authentic homecooked dishes with excellent Italian wines to match. It is well worth a visit – you will be treated like you were visiting her own home.
Nearby Stroud Green is a short walk and a trendy food and drink mecca, to name a few Italian Lasportia (http://lasaporita.co.uk) and Spanish restaurant La Fabrica (www.lafabricastroudgreen.co.uk) are worthy recommendations as any.
Properties to rent in Finsbury Park, N4
The final phase of homes have just been released to rent, loft-style one bedroom apartments are priced at £1,495 a month, and many feature large windows, exposed steel beams. Two bedroom mews houses are priced from £1,950 per calendar month. Most of these include private decked areas on the ground floor and glazed terraced to the first floor.
Anyone wanting to view a property at Fonthill Mews should contact Davies & Davies on 020 7272 0986, whilst the final phase is available. The attention to detail and individual style certainly won’t disappoint, nor will its convenience or the selection of eating and watering holes in the immediate vicinity.