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Living In Shoreditch
Shoreditch's industrial past has meant that the area has some exquisite and quirky spaces, with many disused factories dating back to the industrial revolution, when the area was the working heart of London. Many of these properties in Shoreditch EC2, housed printers, tailors, furniture makers and ironmongers. These interesting spaces have now been transformed into some of the most sought after apartments to buy and rent in Shoreditch.
It also offers a range of period properties, converted apartments as well as numerous new built homes and mixed-use developments. Recent times have seen a spate of luxury high rise apartments, this is particularly evident at Shoreditch’s northern border, along the City Road where buildings such as The Eagle, Canaletto and The Atlas Building have taken Shoreditch Living above 40 floors.
Hurford Salvi Carr estate agents has seen property prices rise considerably in recent years, thanks largely to the ongoing gentrification of the area as well as many Shoreditch properties offering eclectic and adaptable living spaces. Shoreditch, Hoxton, Spitalfields and the Shoreditch Triangle represent an attractive proposition for young professionals, whilst the area around Old Street has emerged as a tech hub with many technology companies moving there.
Shoreditch's reputation is that of a “hip” and “happening” place with a global reputation for its avant garde art scene. It is without doubt London's home for creative types with over 100 galleries in the area and the likes of artists such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Banksy and Gilbert & George associated with the area.
Hurford Salvi Carr's residential sales and lettings office which is based on City Road has a number of properties for sale and for rent in Shoreditch, Spitalfields, Hoxton and Islington.
Sights and Attractions
For an area so immersed in history there is plenty to see and visit. Shoreditch is home to one of the oldest religious sites in Britain with the Church of St Leonard dating back to the 12th Century.
The Geffrye Museum, built in 1714 is one of the oldest listed buildings in the area showcasing English interiors dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. There are many markets with Columbia Road flower market a must visit on a Sunday morning and Spitalfields market which dates back to 1638, hosts a vintage market on Thursday and a general arts and craft market on the weekend.
Brick Lane, populated by diverse immigrant groups, is currently home to a large Bangladeshi population. It is well worth a visit for its market and the many excellent curry houses.
Shoreditch is home to the world's first pop-up mall – Boxpark. Constructed out of shipping containers it has a number of small independent fashion and design companies allowing retailers an affordable opportunity to show case their brands. On the upper levels there are a number of vibrant spaces to eat and drink.
A must is a tour of the world famous street art found all over Shoreditch and Hoxton by artists such as Banksy, Stik, Zabou, Lewis Campbell and Nathan Bowen to name a few. Roads worth visiting to see this amazing graffiti are Princelet Street, Great Eastern Street, Rivington Street, Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street.