The Meadow Way, Billericay
Price £575,000 - New Instruction
Dating back to 1929 and enlarged over the years, this handsome character Home offers 1,500sq ft of family friendly living space, incorporating 4 double bedrooms and 4 Reception Rooms, as well as an 81ft long, South-West facing Garden.
The welcoming Hallway with its sugar white walls, beautiful Amtico flooring and 8ft high ceiling, winds round to the extension, where there is now a 19ft Lounge, smart refitted ground floor WC Room and the Garage, which has been turned into an extra downstairs Playroom with a surprisingly large walk-in cupboard.
Benefiting from a previous rear extension, the original kitchen is now a lovely size fully fitted out Study, with the adjacent dining room now a much bigger, heart-of-the-home Kitchen/Breakfast Room, boasting a luxury `Hutton Kitchen`.
Last but not least on the ground floor is the lovely feature Dining Room, with its gorgeous Amtico flooring and a walk-in Bay optimising the amount of natural light streaming in.
Upstairs the big Landing leads off to the four double bedrooms, with the Master Bedroom enjoying its own private Ensuite Shower Room. The Bathroom is huge - so big that we think it could easily be divided, to provide a second Ensuite to the other front bedroom.
This large house is situated in a pleasant residential street within the Sunnymede estate, developed in the 1920`s and just 0.8-mile walk (utilising the Daines Road/Crown Road short-cut) from Billericay Mainline Station, offering a fast and frequent service (35 minutes) to and from Westfield at Stratford and London Liverpool Street Station.
The property is also very close-by (0.2 mile - 5-minute stroll) to an ever so handy neighbourhood shopping parade which includes a Tesco Express Convenience Store, and the local Sunnymede Infants & Junior Schools, which both have good OFSTED Reports, are literally at the end of the road. Mill Meadows Nature Reserve at 0.3 mile is little more than a picnic basket`s swing away and is ideal for those with kids or dogs.
The 8ft high smooth plastered ceiling gives a great feel of space, with the white walls and warm tones of the Amtico flooring, giving a fresh and homely appearance.
An understairs cupboard provides great storage too.
GROUND FLOOR CLOAKROOM
Making a great impression in a small space, this ground floor WC Room has a stylish L-shaped space saving fitted `Walnut` Basin & WC combination unit with a concealed cistern and a solid poly-marble square basin with worktop, which compliments the snazzy Amtico flooring.
LOUNGE 18ft 7" x 11ft (5.66m x 3.35m)
The set of glazed double doors lead the eye past the Pewter walls and thick carpet to the long garden beyond, with extra light coming in from a further rear window.
Two radiators keep the room cosy in winter and inset LED downlighting provides plenty of light.
DINING ROOM 11ft 10" (into the Bay) x 10ft 2" (3.60m x 3.09m)
The pastel decor and Amtico flooring sets the scene for pleasant dining, with the arc of the projecting front Bay giving valuable extra space.
STUDY 10ft 3" x 6ft max (3.12m x 1.82m)
Fitted out with an extensive range of `Walnut` effect office furniture and pleasantly overlooking the quiet rear garden. Perfect for the full-time home worker or if you need a dedicated working area for when you get back from the office.
PLAYROOM 12ft x 11ft (3.65m x 3.35m)
The Garage retains its original set of double doors and has been plastered out and has had carpet laid down, to create this useful addition downstairs playroom.
A wide set of double doors swing open to reveal a surprisingly big walk-in UTILITY CUPBOARD measuring some 6ft 8" x 2ft 2". Within here, the current homeowner runs their tumble dryer, with there also plumbing for a washing machine and a sink too. The wall mounted Glow Worm boiler serves the Gas Central Heating and hot water in conjunction with the `Megaflo` pressurised cylinder in the loft giving mains pressure showering.
`HUTTON` KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 16ft 1" x 10ft 9" (4.90m x 3.27m)
`Hutton Kitchens` is a local name synonymous with expensive, beautiful kitchens and the custom-made luxury range installed by them here, is both stylish and practical, and thus ideal for the keen cook.
Inset within the sleek Gloss units, the built-in Siemens Gas Hob and a bank of 4 State-of-the-art Siemens ovens (twin Multi-function Ovens, a Steam Oven and a Microwave) allow you to prepare a host of dishes with professional style results whilst the large island incorporates a breakfast bar - perfect for family or friends to sit and chat at whilst you`re at work.
An integrated full height Fridge and adjacent Freezer will swallow the largest of family food shops and there is also an integrated Siemens Dishwasher and matching Washing Machine, all hidden within the Cream gloss units which also include pull out recycling bins and larder, for uncluttered, hygienic storage.
The Franke undermount sink fits neatly under the Granite worktops with their matching upstands and there is also Amtico flooring laid.
A back door with accompanying window floods in plenty of daylight and inset LED downlighting lights the evenings.
Stairs from Hall to:
1st FLOOR LANDING
A particularly spacious area, well-lit by a rear window and with the access hatch to the loft - with a pull-down ladder.
MASTER BEDROOM 14ft 2" x 10ft 3" (4.31m x 3.12m)
This front double bedroom has a premium range of `Maple` effect fitted bedroom furniture including 3 double wardrobes, maximising space and storage.
The ceiling is smooth plastered (as with all the rooms in the house) and here as in most of the principal rooms, coving provides an elegant finish.
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM 6ft 7" x 6ft (2m x 1.82m)
Fully tiled with a white semi-pedestal basin and matching close coupled WC along with a corner Shower enclosure.
A front window gives natural light and the ceiling has inset downlighting.
BEDROOM TWO 10ft 6" x 10ft 3" (3.2m x 3.12m)
A nice and square, rear double bedroom.
BEDROOM THREE 13ft 6" narrowing to 11ft 9" x 7ft 8" (4.11m > 3.58m x 2.33m)
Enjoying a quiet position in the rear projection, this double bedroom with its dusky lilac walls has a pleasant outlook over the garden.
BEDROOM FOUR 11ft 9" x 7ft 9" (3.58m x 2.39m)
Positioned next to the huge bathroom, we noted that it would be fairly easy to take part of the bathroom to create an Ensuite to this light and bright, good size double bedroom where the cream walls make the most of the 8ft 5" high ceiling.
BATHROOM 12ft 5" x 7ft 8" narrowing to 4ft 7" (3.78m x 2.33m > 1.39m)
Relax in the deep, wide bath which has a separate shower over. The large white gloss Vanity unit has lots of storage below and matches the WC Cabinet to give a clutter free look.
We like the choice of tiles which give a modern contemporary finish, and complements the light up mirror, stylish chrome designer vertical radiator and chrome towel radiator. The side window lets in plenty of natural light too.
EXTERIOR - FRONT
The front Drive has been block paved to provide parking for 3 large family cars with ease.
Looking at the house you will notice the fresh looking ‘Chalk` pre-coloured silicone render, which was done all round the house, in November 2016. Bringing colour (no need for painting) and texture, the render was chosen to give a durable, lasting finish. Being hydrophobic (water repellant) gives it self-cleaning properties in that the water will simply run off it. The rendering was done by Rendercraft, a local company, and comes with a 10-year guarantee certificate.
EXTERIOR - REAR GARDEN 81ft long (24.68m)
Enjoy and make the most of summer afternoons and evenings on this large South-West facing patio. Perfect for entertaining it extends out some 15ft and goes around in front of the rear projection too, giving two separate optional seating areas.
Steps lead up to the neat main lawn with then at the top of the garden, two large sheds - both with power and lighting, and one of them insulated too.
There`s also a handy smaller shed on the patio, ideal for winter storage of the sunbeds etc.
ABOUT THE AREA - SUNNYMEDE
The Sunnymede neighbourhood is one of the oldest in the town, with some of the roads dating back to beginning of the 1900`s.
The area then was surrounded by farmland.
The area expanded first in the 1950`s when the London Borough of Waltham Forest built about 650 properties as overspill housing for London residents (known locally as the `Outwood Common Estate`) along with Sunnymede School. The majority of these houses are now privately owned.
Then in the late 1960`s and 1970`s a huge number of houses were built, mainly semi-detached houses, which filled the gap between Sunnymede and the town centre. So Sunnymede as an area and school catchment then extended up to the top of Hillside Road and across to the Cloisters, a 1960`s development and Jacksons Lane.
Note: From the top of Hillside, you have a panoramic view of the south-east area and the countryside beyond.
The area has a small parade of 1960s built shops on Meadow
Rise, the centerpiece here being a very popular Tesco Express Convenience Store. Outwood Common itself also has a set of shops which is handy for parents collecting the kids from the school nearby and another small convenience store is to found on the corner of Prince Edward Road and Greens Farm Lane.
The local Infants and Junior Schools - both called Sunnymede - have good OFSTED reports and are both on the same grounds.
Most children here now go on up to Billericay School which is a highly regarded academy secondary school and sixth form college with a `Good` OFSTED rating.
Using the short cut through Daines Road and Crown Road makes the station walkable for most people in the area, even those coming from the other side of Outwood Common.
There a are a number of bus stops throughout the area, providing easy access to the station, town centre and surrounding towns.
Sunnymede is bordered by countryside which includes166 acres of Norsey Woods and 90 acres of ancient meadow known as Mill Meadows.
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Billericay is a popular, historic market town just 30 miles from London.
The market at the top of Crown Road disappeared years ago and Billericay nowadays is more well-known as an excellent commuter town, with excellent rail links to the City (35 minutes by train), very good schools and a charming High Street, part of which is a conservation area.
It also has great access to the key main roads of the M25, A12 and A127.
The town lies on the edge of rural Essex, which makes it a very desirable place to live. This coupled with the City access goes some way to explain the high levels of Londoners we see looking to move here every year.
Since I moved here in 1973 and started as an estate agent in the mid 1990`s, I have seen the town grow to where it is now, with some 14,000-15,000 homes and a population of over 40,000.
The Billericay you see today is economically and physically a thriving and attractive place to live and work. There are many open green spaces including the 40 acre Lake Meadows Park, a must in summer, and they throw a pretty impressive Fireworks Night too.
Norsey Woods is a great place for a walk or to exercise your dogs...or the kids! It dates back to the Bronze Age and covers about 165 acres with a visitor centre for the educational visits it has too.
I remember camping there as a cub scout back in the day and both Nick and myself have enjoyed many a afternoon there over the years with our families.
The High Street must be one of the prettiest in the county and dates back to Roman times. The shape we see now certainly hasn`t changed much for over 500 years, our office itself is part of one of the 25 old coaching inns the town has seen over the years!
With well over 100 shops including some well known names and some boutique locally owned ones, the High Street also has some great pubs, bars and restaurants. The Chequers is probably the most popular, most people we know rate it as the best pub in town, with newer bars like Harrys Bar, Bar Zero and the Blue Boar, also very sought after, growing venues on friday and saturday nights.
There are too many great restaurants to name, suffice to say you don`t need to travel out of Billericay to have a fantastic night out and there`s a taxi rank by the station to get you home if you want to leave the car on the drive.
Waitrose is our local main supermarket with there also a very good Co-op over on Queens Park. Smaller supermarkets over in South Green, Sunnymede and along Stock Road also provide a super local service in their areas.
Billericay Christmas Market is a very popular annual event which sees the High Street completely shut to traffic for the day and then filled with stalls selling anything and everything Christmasy!
All the local schools, both Primary and Secondary have good OFSTED reports and there is a good choice of both State and Private. Please feel free to contact our office for more details although the OFSTED website is the ideal first port of call of course.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Billericay has an facinating history, much of which can be researched in our local museum, the Cater Museum on the High Street.
Billericay was first recorded as Byllerica in 1291 with notable events including a Peasants Revolt ending up in Norsey Woods in 1381 and some of Billericay residents, including Christopher Martin, the ship`s victualler, sailing with the Pilgrim Fathers to the `New World` of America on the Mayflower in 1620 - hence the many representartions of the Mayflower ship in numerous local businesses and the Mayflower High School.
In 1916 Billericay became famous as a result of a Zeppelin airship crashing in flames on the outskirts of the town, down what is now Greens Farm Lane.
A union workhouse was built in 1840 which later, together with additional later built buildings, became St. Andrew`s Hospital in the 1930s. The regional plastic surgery and rehabilitation unit was opened here the same year I moved to Billericay, 1973. Many a local will still refer the estate there now to me, as `one of the houses on the old Burns Unit`, although it is in fact Stockfield Manor now.
Only the original workhouse building, including the chapel, and the main gatehouse, now survive, converted now into Grey Lady Place, a residential development of luxury apartments.
The railway came in 1889 and opened up opportunities for landowners to sell plots to Londoners looking to move out of `The Smoke` into a cleaner rural environment. Both myself and Nick have sold many an old `plot land` home over the years for redevelopment. A few still remain on the edge of Norsey Woods down Break Egg Hill.
With the housing shortage created by the war time bombing of London, pressure to build was great and the new town of Basildon was given the green light. The `Green Belt` stopped expansion and the blurring of Basildon and Billericay, hence why lot of the Billericay housing estates were built on abandoned farmland around the town centre and Great Burstead/South Green, where permission was more easily granted.
- Handsome character home built in 1929 and situated in a pleasant residential street in Sunnymede
- 1534sq ft of extended family friendly living space compliments the 81ft South-West facing Garden
- Lovely Hall with Amtico flooring, winding round to the additional rooms of the extension
- Feature Dining Room with Amtico flooring and walk-in Bay adding extra space
- Garage converted to extra Playroom downstairs
- 0.8 mile to Billericay Railway Station (London Liverpool Street in 35 minutes)
- 4 Double Bedroom, the Master Bedroom having a refitted Shower Room and huge refitted Bathroom
- 19ft Lounge with glazed double doors opening out to the garden
- Fully fitted Study with attractive "Walnut" effect range of home office furniture
- Stunning Cream gloss and Granite Hutton Kitchen with Siemens appliances
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