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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

" In one word "Perfection". Dovile's services were second to none.
From day one she was happy to help with any query of ours. She was literally always there throughout the whole renting process. Not only did she contributed for the whole process to run as smooth as possible but also she always had a smile on her face which is vital for customer satisfaction.

Cheers Dovile!!! "

George/EleniApril, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We previously had our property with another agent for some time, and failed to find the right tennants. We moved to Franklyn James and Dovile immediately had viewings happening, she gave us great (timely) feedback and within a couple of weeks we had tenants moving in. This is our first time renting out a property so Dovile was able to help and advise on what needed to happen and when. Dovile was excellent from start to finish and working with Franklyn James has been very easy indeed. I would definitely recommend them, and especially Dovile. "

MikeApril, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Dovile has been very helpful and happy to answer any questions. The service I received is professional and efficient. Highly recommend! "

LilyApril, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Kylie and I cannot thank you enough for the level of service, help and support you have given us over the last 6 months. I really can't begin to say how much we appreciate yours and Antony's help. It was so nice to have an agent we could connect with on a personal level as well as a business one. Wishing you and your family all the best for the future. "

JakeFebruary, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David has provided great support throughout the whole process of selling our flat from the outset with his understanding of the local area and market conditions through to coordination with all parties at each stage and keeping us fully informed. I would certainly recommend David and Anthony at Franklyn James to anyone seeking a thoroughly professional and supportive service. "

LimehouseFebruary, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Dovile was Excellent.
Booked a viewing with her towards the end of December, she made every effort to work around my busy work schedule, unlike other estate agents she actually turned up and was knowledgeable about the property she was showing. She would pick up calls after hours and during her day off to answer any question I had.
She made this whole process very enjoyable and by end of January I had moved into my new flat. "

Miss JohnsonJanuary, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David has been amazing and completely professional in our first property purchase. We wanted to see the property a number of times before deciding and he has been so accommodating. David is/was very easy to reach and always contactable for any questions throughout the whole process. David is probably the most patient and down to earth estate agent I've met - Thank you David! I would recommend to anyone. "

RachelleJanuary, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David found the buyer for my property, successfully identifying someone who could proceed quickly with the sale. Throughout the process David was helpful, professional and always replied swiftly to queries, keeping in daily contact. He helped to ensure a smooth sale throughout and was the key link to ensuring that solicitors on both sides spoke with each other and all outstanding issues could be resolved. He relayed messages between the buyer and myself on a regular basis to keep processes moving on the sale and keep me reassured throughout. I was really pleased with the services David provided and would highly recommend this agent. "

Ms DeenJanuary, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Tristan was awesome. He understood our needs quickly and showed us four properties - all of which we were very happy with. Once, we had chosen a place, Tristan completed the discussions with the landlord over the weekend so that we could quickly go ahead with the next steps in the process. Overall, we had a great experience with Tristan and Franklyn James and would recommend him strongly! "

VijayJanuary, 2018

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Dovile had immediately understood our expectations.
We found our perfect flat after 2 visits in the same day.
Very professional but also friendly, we highly recommend Dovile. "

Audrey and SeanJanuary, 2018