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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

" Great service, kind and fast responder. Glad to have done businesses with him! He helped us going beyond his duties. "

LuisDecember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Recently sold our flat through Frankly James. Had a very positive experience and found them to be exceptionally professional throughout.

We had four different agents give us valuations - which differed hugely between high and low. Antony provided our valuation on behalf of Franklyn James and impressed not just with accuracy and justification of his assessment but also with the amount of homework he'd done - including pulling out the previous particulars from when we bought it, something which the agency which actually sold it to us had not.

After a further discussion we agreed on a price at which we would market and a level which we were aiming for. Throughout the process we were kept well informed of viewings and given good feedback. It didn't take long to get an offer which we were happy to accept though, as were agreed within two weeks.

David and Antony did a good job of nudging the sale along as the lawyers were doing their work and ensuring any sticking points got dealt with promptly, meaning we exchanged a mere 6 weeks after the offer was accepted - pretty quick for a leasehold property.

Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to sell in the area. "

Rob McLeodNovember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" A very good Estate Agent. Found David to be professional throughout the buying process, sticks to his words and happy to resolve issues when needed. David is also easy to reach and always contactable. Would recommend David to friends, colleagues etc. "

JNovember, 2017

LimehouseHackney estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I found David to be one of the best agents that I have used. He was always contactable and responded quickly to any questions without the need to be chased. He was also very helpful and patient with me while I decided on a property. Would certainly recommend David and use him again. "

TerryNovember, 2017

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