A former joinery and timber yard in Islington and Archway has been transformed into funky warehouse-style apartments by Family Mosaic, finds Cheryl Markosky.

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  • Development name: The Joinery

    Where is it? 174-178 Courtauld Road, Hillrise, Islington, London, N19 4BA

    What type of properties are available on the development? The Family Mosaic development will provide 22 warehouse-inspired and new build apartments in the popular district of Islington.

    Asking prices: Properties at The Joinery start at £495,000 for a one bedroom apartment.

    Area stats: The average price of a property in Islington currently stands at £680,920, with local house prices up 16 per cent in the last year.

    What aspects of the development stand out? Originally a joinery and timber yard, this unusual development pays homage to the heritage of the site itself with its distinctive design. The framework of the scheme is based around the existing warehouse and has been an inspiration throughout.

    Renowned interior designer SUNA has executed the décor and design of the Hardy Court apartments. SUNA enhanced living spaces by adding industrial elements, such as brick slip wall treatment, bronze toggle light switches and smoked oak flooring to ensure the site’s character was preserved as much as possible.

    When will the property and the development be completed? Completion of The Joinery is expected late summer 2015.

    Are financial incentives available? The selling agent’s partnership with JD Law solicitors allows for buyers to save £600 towards legal fees. This will be refunded to buyers upon completion.

    Why buy one of these homes? Islington has long been a popular destination, suiting a range of buyer’s needs. Alongside contemporary modern living and fantastic transport links, The Joinery offers residents new build homes in a highly desirable location.

    What are the best bits about homes on the development? The Joinery has a number of desirable features. Each apartment includes modern fittings with a twist of industry chic. Many homes benefit from access to private outdoor space with a balcony. With the highlights of Islington just down the road, homes at The Joinery are ideally situated to allow residents a vibrant lifestyle.

    Anything else you would like to tell us about this development? Environmental sustainability and performance is central to the approach taken by Family Mosaic when creating The Joinery. Ruskin Court has a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 certification through the use of a centralised boiler, combined heat and power (CHP) system and photovoltaic roof panels. Homes are designed to be energy efficient, assisted by integrated appliances and low-energy light fittings, which can help reduce energy costs.

    Who will the neighbours be? Young professionals – singles, couples and families that want to live in a new build scheme in a location that allows them a cosmopolitan lifestyle.

    What reputation do the local schools have? The area offers a range of Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ schools within two miles of The Joinery, including Monty’s Montessori School, and Coleridge, Duncombe and Ashmount Primary Schools.

    Higher education establishments are also in abundance. Kings Cross is a stronghold of universities and only a short Tube ride from Archway, offering an easy commute to and from these learning institutions.

    What is traffic and transport like in the area? In a bustling area of north London, The Joinery’s conveniently close to a number of Tubes and Overground stations. Upper Holloway Overground is only a five minute walk and Archway Tube is 10 minutes. There are two central bus routes from Hornsey Road to Archway and Finsbury Park Tube stations, as well as routes to nearby Crouch End.

    What’s a good place for dinner nearby? The area is a mecca for dining. A good recommendation that’s only a mile from the development is Bengal Berties Tandoori & Balti Restaurant, a laidback, curry house with an expansive menu and takeaways. Some dishes worth a try are the meat tikka starter, tandoori king prawn masala and vegetable dhansak. Another favourite is Heirloom Restaurant that specialises in rare-breed meats and endangered heritage vegetables grown on Hazeldene Farm in Buckinghamshire. The 35-day aged Red Sussex beef rib is a must, followed by ginger loaf with butterscotch and vanilla ice-cream.

    What would be an ideal way to spend the day in the area? There are a number of ways residents can spend the day locally. You could kick off the day with pancakes, bacon and maple syrup or the ‘breakfast of champions’ – the Full Monty of English breakfasts – at The Bread & Bean café. Cycle round the area to discover St Johns Church, the London cityscape from Archway Bridge, renowned Highgate cemetery, Archway market and Map gift shop. Stroll in Whittington and Elthorne parks. Savour a meal at St John’s Tavern – how about trout fillet with crayfish sauce, and white chocolate brulee for pudding? Sip pints of local real ale on quiz night at The Charlotte Despard pub on Archway Road. And toast nightfall with a dram of whisky at North Nineteen.

    The Joinery, Islington and Archway bedroom lounge

    What local secret is there in the area that would take a new resident a while to discover? Check out The Angel Inn in nearby Highbury, where the Monty Python gang used to write their material. Offering a selection of American, Belgian and German beers on tap and cask ales, and home to a wine club, this watering hole’s not just popular because of its famed patrons. Also, High Tea of Highgate tearoom serves a selection of hand-blended teas and homemade cakes in its retro-style establishment.

    If you could change one thing about the properties in the development what would it be? We wish we could have provided more homes at The Joinery, as it’s a fantastic location with a lot to offer. However, we’ve provided as many properties as possible, while ensuring there’s been no compromise on living space.

    What items are included in the sale of the property (eg. white goods in the kitchen)? A fully fitted kitchen with Bosch integrated appliances – including an oven and grill, ceramic hob, extractor hood, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer. Residents also get Roca white bathroom suites and oak engineered wood flooring throughout the living-dining room, kitchen and hallways.

    Who would be the ideal buyer? The Joinery’s the ideal destination for young professionals, couples and families seeking modern living in a desirable London location.

    Tags: new build, London
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