Luxury flats centred around London's largest Zen garden on sale for £1.2million

Tucked away in north London is an oasis of calm – and now, you can live there (if you’ve got a spare million).

Sitting in the central courtyard of 8 Esther Anne Place in Islington is the city’s largest Zen garden, created by award-winning bonsai artist Peter Chan.

A new collection of apartments is centred around that garden, and those flats are now on the market, providing future residents with a peaceful bit of greenery at their doors.

There are just eight homes available, each with luxury finishings.

The building was previously a Royal Mail sorting office, but was then converted to a residential space, complete with six two-bed apartments and two three-bed apartments, plus restaurants, cafes, bars, and a gym right nearby.

This all sounds dreamy, we know, but just to bring you back down to earth before you start mentally moving in: the flats will be selling for upwards of £1,215,000.



They are pretty lovely inside, to be fair – the garden isn’t the only selling point.

Inside, the apartments have been given a Zen-inspired makeover to match the outdoor space, with earthy tones, a wallpaper chosen to resemble tree bark, a moss green sofa, and a bonsai tree in the living room.

Along with views of the garden from every apartment, residents will also get to enjoy mini hanging terrariums in the bedroom.


Kiran Bhatia, senior interior designer at New I.D. Interiors said: ‘The Zen Apartment collection at Islington Square has fantastic views onto the large Zen Garden, and we wanted to balance this tranquillity with vibrant colours and mixed prints.

‘We designed the apartment to appeal to a young professional, perhaps someone who loves travelling, and who wants a warm, colourful home with curated accessories throughout.’

Let’s talk a little more about the garden, because that is a pretty key point.


The 8,557sq ft space got large green lawns, evergreen pines, and other trees, with a ‘dry stream’ created with grey slate rocks – chosen to represent the river of life.

A Japanese Guzei – the red bridge – crosses over the top.

Three large rocks on a raised platform represent mountains, set in groups of three to represent Buddha and his attendants.

We’d quite like a visit, but given the price point of the apartments – and the fact that both of the three-bedroom flats have already been reserved – we might have to settle for looking at the pictures and pretending we’re there.

Alternatively, Holland Park has the very lovely Kyoto Garden, which you can visit for free. Keep an eye out for the peacocks.

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