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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

" 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

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Tristan and Lee on the letting side were brilliant. Knowledgeable, responsive and going above and beyond what I expected to get my property listed and let in a rapid timeframe, for the asking price.

I have confidence in the on-going management of my property under the direction of Gary given my experience with the firm so far. "

Nick DeakinMay, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David is hands down the most professional agent I've ever dealt with. I've had the pleasure of working with him on quite a few transactions over the years. Most recently David helped us complete a sale in a fairly complicated chain and in a challenging market and I am certain that it would have broken down if it weren't for his involvement. Thanks again David "

GregJune, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David was proactive and found us a great buyer within 2 days. I would highly recommend. Testament to this he also sold us the property originally! "

WatergardensMarch, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" ...we instructed Franklyn James to handle the letting and management of our flat following my meeting with Lee Alter. He arrived on time in order to view the flat and gave an honest opinion as to what to expect. His enthusiasm, knowledge and good communications are the reason why he was able to achieve a let within days. Very professional "

Mrs WhiteFebruary, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We retained Franklyn James to sell our flat after arranging a few valuations as we found them to be proactive and enthusiastic and they didn't disappoint. Our buyer ended up in a more complex situation than anticipated which put the chain at risk but their professionalism and thoroughness kept everything calm and all eventually went through as planned. David and Jason were both lovely chaps to work with and kept us up-to-date with everything that was going on. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. "

Lisa CJanuary, 2017