Our turn-or-20th-century Victorian town house which is having new wood floors, new kitchen and dining set being put in this spring, is bright and comfortable, with two reception rooms, both of which have large flat screen TVs (one for children's X-box) on the ground floor, a shower room and utility on the lower ground floor, and a fully tiled new bathroom on the 1st floor landing. One of the bedrooms doubles as an office with music equipment, and has a view on to the garden with lots of sunlight on sunny days. The 1st floor is split level so after a few more steps up you get to the other two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king size bed, and is a a nice size room with two large windows and enough space for my daily yoga routine. It has another cable TV. The boys bedroom is small and south facing, with bunk beds (normally sleeps 2 but can pull out the third bed). If the bottom bed is pushed in, there is pull out table which can be used to play or do homework. Our small city paved garden is designed by a silver medal winner of the Chelsea Flower show a few years ago and we tend to get compliments for it from our visitors. The street is a quiet no-thought road with free parking, only two minutes from the Hackney Downs park with 4 free tennis courts, basketball, football and changing facilities, as well as a nice playground. The other side is the bustling Lower Clapton Road with Clapton Pond with the recently refurbished funky and bustling White Hart gastro pub, which promotes local history and features interesting photos of the local area over the past hundred years. Enjoy a multitude of independent quirky cafes and coffee shops all around or buy your own food at Organic & Natural and its parent-shop Palm 2 two minutes away from the house - a favourite with the bright young things. If you prefer a big weekly shop, all the major supermarkets are within 5-10 minutes drive, whether you go for their Metro or Supersize versions Five minutes walk down the gentle hill is the wild natural reserve of Lee Valey, ideal for joggers and walkers and opens up the canal network of the UK where you can walk or run to far flung corners of the country without ever having to cross a road and with plenty of pubs along the way to ease the strain! Broadway market should be enjoyed on Saturdays with its fresh produce, food ready to go, and interesting clothes and jewelery, and more pubs and restaurants. Buen Ayre serves good Argentine beef and Gossip is fab for a huge selection of teas served in fun sets, while you catch up on the news on your ipad with free wireless. The bookshops and shoe shops are well worth a visit too. You can walk to from the house diagonally across Hackney Downs and over to London Fields to Broadway market - about 30min - with little traffic on the way. If you continue south from Broadway over the Regents Canal (watch for the floating bookshop on a narrow boat near the bridge) - you will walk through another green area which has recently developed into a book market, the Hoxton park with its sports facilities and the Hackney City Farm with domestic animals and reportedly the best full English breakfast in town. Crossing Hackney Road to the right enter Columbia Road market (Sunday flower market) with its own array of galleries, pottery and furniture shops and of course pubs and restaurants and most importantly flowers and plants on Sundays. And only a few minutes further south is the ultra-new-cool Red
Overground trains take approx 15 minutes to Liverpool Street, and stress-less bus routes on the doorstep to take you almost anywhere in town. Canary Wharf, with shopping and restaurants and river walks, is a 15-20 minutes car ride away. Try the Gun, a family favourite, with its river terrace and views of the Millennium Dome (O2) across the Thames.