Graceful Georgian Clapton Square, historically the home of senior merchants and financiers, is the second-largest square in Hackney, with a central garden surrounded by elegant, listed period houses, some of five storeys.
One of these large properties has been split into apartments, including duplexes and three-bedroom family flats.
The restored double-height entrance with original skylight and grand staircase provides a sense of arrival, while interiors have a hint of Scandi design, with wide oak plank flooring, Corian worktops and Philippe Starck-designed Duravit sanitaryware. Prices from £735,000. Call 020 7749 1380.
Clapton has a different feel to the gritty Hackney heartland. It was built on ground rising up from the Lea Valley and is one of the cheapest parts of the borough, despite lying alongside the impressive open spaces of Hackney Downs, Springfield Park and Millfields.
In the past, train links were poor. However, today it is connected by the tentacles of the Overground.