As the gateway to Islington, Angel is a bustling commercial hub. But tucked away just moments from the busy shopping precinct and transport interchange are quiet conservation areas with glorious, flat-fronted Georgian and early Victorian terraces, some set around pretty garden squares.
A fresh crop of homes has arrived on this fashionable patch, offering a choice of refurbished traditional architecture or striking contemporary design. River Street Mews, a scheme of six new townhouses, forms a stunning architectural intervention in a village-like pocket just south of Angel. The homes are reached via a gated entrance that opens on to an L-shaped plot enclosed by a listed boundary wall. Brick has been used to complement the surrounding heritage buildings, while modern design elements such as projecting bay windows with grey-black aluminium frames and glass louvres are a crisp counterpoint and add rhythm to the façade. Light-filled open-plan interiors link with outside space. Prices from £2.35 million.
In nearby City Road, a pair of listed Georgian townhouses has been tastefully restored. Set over five storeys, each has five bedrooms plus front and rear gardens. Prices from £3.2 million.
Likely to strike a chord with City workers is 364 Goswell Road, above, a classic Angel infill development of stylish boutique apartments. Prices from £599,000. For details of all these schemes, call estate agent Thomson Currie on 020 7226 0000.