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Hackney

Formerly a district with very few positive associations, other than the Hackney carriage, this now-desirable area of East London is fizzing with coolness and all things ‘hipster’.

Estate and letting agents Hackney

At Franklyn James we believe in no half measures, we are transparent in how we do business, committed to achieving your goals, and take pride in every element of our work. If you’re thinking of selling, letting, or using property management across the Hackney area, let us be frank, you need Franklyn James.

This exciting part of East London is now a highly sought-after area, and has developed a thriving fashion and arts scene. Its close proximity to the City makes it particularly attractive for those looking to buy or rent. The area is of great architectural significance, as there are approximately 1300 listed buildings in Hackney, as well as contemporary new builds, ex-council homes, warehouse conversions, Georgian villas and Victorian terraces.

It’s hard to believe, but it wasn’t that long ago that Hackney featured on the list of ‘worst places to live’. The 2012 Olympics saw massive upgrades in infrastructure, and there has also been considerable investment in other sectors, such as Hackney Walk. All of this has seen the popularity of the area soar and recently Hackney made the Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live’ list!

Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…

Hackney Walk is described as a ‘fashion outlet district’, combining retail, commercial offices and studio space for global and UK fashion brands. Dubbed ‘the fashion hub’, it is currently home to global accessories brand Anya Hindmarch, tailors Gieves & Hawkes and designer Henry Holland’s House of Holland label. The outlet was designed by architect David Adjaye, with many of the stores set within freshly renovated Victorian railway arches. Another place to visit has to be Tiosk, who describe themselves as ‘Modern Merchants of Tea’ and can be found in Broadway Market, where you can sample a wealth of teas – hot and cold – as well as a delicious food menu.

 

There are several fantastic green spaces in Hackney, including Hackney Downs. The park, which opened in 1884, is a lovely place for a walk or cycle ride, and also offers a wealth of facilities, including a children’s play area, basketball courts, floodlit tennis courts and a football pitch. The Picturehouse cinema is a great place to spend an evening, whether to watch a live screening of a ballet, a performance by the RSC, or to attend one of their many quizzes and events.

Over the years, the Hackney Empire has seen everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Eddie Izzard tread the boards. This Grade II Listed building was one of the first theatres to have electric lights and central heating installed. Today it’s at the heart of the area’s regeneration efforts, and the theatre runs as a charity maintained by local residents. The diverse programme ranges from drama and family productions to cabaret, music and, of course, the annual pantomime.

Getting around

Hackney Central is an Overground station which provides a link to the Victoria Line at Highbury & Islington. There are frequent trains from Hackney Downs station to Liverpool Street, and the area is also served by several bus routes, including the 30, 38, 48, 55, 242 and D6.

Families will love

It doesn’t have to be summer in Hackney to enjoy outdoor swimming. The 50m Olympic-sized heated pool at London Fields Lido is open all year round and offers swimming lessons for all ages. Children can experience farming on their doorstep at Hackney City Farm. Established in 1984, the aim of the farm is to enable local people to get up close to the animals, plant vegetables and learn new skills.

There are many good schools in and around the area, including Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, London Fields Primary School and Queensbridge Primary School. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Hackney.

Local amenities around Hackney

  • Farm:SHOP
  • Beyond Retro
  • Hackney Downs Studios
  • Kidzmania soft play
  • Broadway Market
  • London Fields Lido
  • Hackney City Farm
  • Lee Valley VeloPark

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LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David is just fantastic, very proactive and responsive. We took a bit of time deciding on the property and asked to see it several times. David was always very accomodating and happy to schedule the viewings for us at the most suitable time. During the buying process everything was just perfect. We never had to chase. We both highly reccommend David and will use his help again. "

AlonaOctober, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" The team at Franklyn James has been very professional and proactive. Lee was particularly helpful and always responded very promptly whenever we had any queries, which made our lives less stressful! A very satisfying experience overall in renting our flat. "

IonianOctober, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Friendly and professional team at Limehouse. Lee, Tristan and Gary Provided information promptly and addressed any queries swiftly. Would recommend. "

D JohnsonOctober, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Lee is really professional with quick response from beginning to the end and frequently provides advice wholeheartedly. I appreciate his assistance and the renting experience with his assistance is impressive and unforgettable. "

LSeptember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We had an amazing experience with Franklyn James, and especially with Tristan and Gary, who supported us from the flat searching to the handover of the keys to our new flat.
Tristan was amazingly helpful with us, we had tons of questions about our prospective flat and he patiently answered all of our queries. He also followed our referencing process closely, so that this went through as quickly as possible. We couldn't have had a better experience!
Gary helped us through the signing of the contract and handover of the keys and we couldn't be more satisfied with the service we received.
We would definitely recommend Franklyn James to all prospective tenants, they are a extremely helpful, professional, caring and super efficient. "

LIndaSeptember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Franklyn James did an excellent job letting out my flat in Limehouse. I had previously used Foxtons but I feel their standard have dropped recently and think this is likely because they do not have an office which focuses exclusively on the Limehouse area. Franklyn James do and it shows as they really seem to understand the area and the value proposition of my property.

It is also worth noting that the level of service they provide is very high, both from the Sales team but also Property Management and Accounts Management. Swift and accurate responses at all times. "

BenSeptember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We were glad we made the enquiry to Franklyn James and was passed directly to Tristan.
Tristan is the epiphany of professionalism and courtesy.
He was happy to hear our requirements, discuss our options and make valuable proposals. He had never refused to revert and respond to even the most difficult of questions, almost seven days a weeks! He is an asset to the Organisation.
I highly recommend Tristan and indeed Frankly James! "

JC & SYSeptember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David provided an excellent service from viewing to completion on our recent purchase of a flat in Bow. David was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions thoroughly. He also went out of his way to be useful and we are very grateful for his help. "

MarcusSeptember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" From the outset David has been a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend David for his professionalism and dedication to providing the best possible service for his clients. "

LOAugust, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I would like to express a note of thanks for Lee Alter. I am very pleased with all the work he has done. I highly recommend working with Lee, as he always answers emails on time, offers the best possible solutions, very kind and lovely person (which is very important quality for the time of job he does), knows well what is going on the market, very professional and has advanced knowledge in the time of work he does. Many thanks! "

Natalia KalenovaJuly, 2017