Setting the scene
SHARING the news that you live in Angel is bound to arouse feelings of envy in others, as this part of Islington is often regarded as one of the capital’s most lively and exciting spots.
Shopping is excellent, while foodies and revellers will never get bored as the choice of restaurants and the nightlife is second to none. Locals can walk to work in Clerkenwell or Old Street or take the Northern Line to the City, via the Tube network’s longest escalator — with a rise of 27 metres — at Angel station.
There are peaceful pockets too, and a leisurely stroll along the Regent’s Canal is the perfect way to wind down at weekends.
Packington Square, London’s newest garden square and a minute’s walk from the Regent’s Canal, is now in its final phase. Just 15 one and two-bed flats remain, with underfloor heating, floor-to-ceiling windows, fitted wardrobes and outside space. One-beds start at £525,000, two-beds from £700,000, packingtonsq.london via JLL, jll.co.uk.
White Horse Yard (above) is a striking art deco former office building, now converted into six luxury apartments. The original Crittall windows have been retained and some have double-height ceilings. Three, two and three-bed homes start at £1.1million, Noble House Estates, nhelondon.co.uk.
The Claremont, by Roca Investments, consists of nine high-spec one, two and three-bed flats, each with full-height windows, a terrace and integrated Siemens appliances. Prices from £895,000, through Currell, currell.com, and Dexters, dexters.co.uk.
Housing association Peabody has 70 shared-ownership homes at The City Angel on Berkeley’s 250 City Road development, ten minutes’ walk from Angel Tube. The studio and one-bed flats are expected to start from £127,500 for a 30 per cent share of £425,000. Peabody is also launching one and two-bed shared-ownership flats and one, two and three-bed homes for private sale at nearby Wharf Road. Prices TBC, peabodysales.co.uk.
Like most of Islington, Angel is renowned for its fine Georgian and Victorian terraces and townhouses, but buyers with more modern tastes can take their pick from a wide selection of low-maintenance 1980s, 1990s and new-build homes.
‘There has been a lot of development in the area, with plenty of activity at present down by City Road, around the canal basin,’ says Graham Stubbs of Chestertons. ‘Prices start from £450,000 to £500,000 for a one-bed flat and can go right up to around £6million for a beautiful house in one of Angel’s prime locations, such as Duncan Terrace.’
Council tax: (Band D) £1,429.45
Commuting time: In Zone 1
Annual Travelcard (Zone 1): £1,364
Amenities: ★★★★★ Excellent pubs and bars; designer labels, edgy boutiques; chains in Angel Central; Almeida theatre
Open space: ★★☆☆☆ Regent’s Canal and New River towpaths; Culpeper Community Garden
Schools: ★★★★☆ Above average results
Crime: ★★☆☆☆ Bit above average
Who lives there? Well-paid professionals
Famous faces: Rob Delaney and James Acaster performed at Angel Comedy Club
Rent report: ‘The typical tenant is a professional — often legal, financial or tech-based — needing access to the City. An average two-bed flat is £575pw, stretching up to £795pw for a new build with views and amenities,’ says George Ioannou of Hamptons International.
Schools and profile supplied by Zoopla.co.uk
£450,000, Portico, portico.com
A freshly decorated first floor flat with separate kitchen and living rooms, situated in a purpose-built block near Angel Tube station. It is rear-facing, so very quiet.
Average for Angel
£900,000, Hamptons International, hamptons.co.uk
This lateral flat spans the second floor of what was once two terraced houses. Filled with natural light, it boasts two double bedrooms and a communal garden. The average property in Angel is currently valued at £903,579 according to Zoopla.co.uk
£3.5million, Chestertons, chestertons.com
This is a beautifully restored five-bedroom, five-storey house. With a through reception room, first-floor master bedroom suite and south-facing garden.