Park Lodge, Queens Park

Price £155,000 - Sold

Offered for sale with no onward chain, this one bedroom ground floor Warden Controlled Apartment is in an appealing corner position which enjoys a pleasant outlook onto Porchester Road and York Road.

In addition to the security and support this well respected development offers together with its welcoming communal areas, this apartment also enjoys well-lit accommodation with both the lounge and bedroom sharing a walk in bay window projection. The double bedroom here has built in wardrobes and is served by the shower room fitted with a white suite. Adjoining the lounge which has a bespoke fitted storage/display units to one wall is the kitchen, with units fitted to three walls this room is convenient and practical. Interested applicants are advised that this apartment has recently been decorated but does still require floor coverings.

Adjacent to Park Lodge are The Pantiles Shops which include a chemist, opticians, newsagents, Coop supermarket and Doctors.
A bus stop outside provides public transport to the high street.

Onsite Facilities include a Residents Lounge, Dining Area, Communal Computers, Laundry and a sun lounge area that leads onto the garden and patio.


Main entrance door with secure entry phone 'intercom' link to the flat.
Adjacent to the main entrance is the Wardens office.
The immediate area around this encompassing the Residents Lounge, Sun Lounge areas and Dining Room.

There is a lift and stairs accessing each floor, opposite the entrance door and directly across the lounge is the hallway which in-turn leads the entrance door of the apartment.


Wall mounted Door Entry & Alarm System giving two way speech communication between you and the Warden and also acting as a link to the main entrance door to let visitors in.
A spacious full height walk-in store cupboard houses two water tanks (hot and cold), hot water pump and shelving. Additional store cupboard with panel doors. Panel doors to

BEDROOM 5.08m > 4.40m x 2.71m (16'8 > 14'5 x 8'10)

Measurements EXCLUDE built-in wardrobes (1 x double + 1 x single). Rear facing double glazed window looking onto York Road and Porchester Road, 2 wall mounted lights, storage heater.

Extractor fan, heated towel rail, wall mounted light/shaver socket, part tiled walls.
White suite comprising vanity wash basin with cupboard under, low level wc and walk in double shower cubicle.

LOUNGE/DINER 5.78m > 5.10m x 3.19m ( 19' > 16'9 x 10'5)

Storage heater, a pleasant room with rear facing window. Fitted bespoke wall cabinets to one wall and open access into the kitchen.

KITCHEN 2.62m x 1.94m (8'7 x 6'4)

White coloured units fitted to three walls with roll edge work surfaces over, built in electric oven and hob, spaces for washing machine and fridge freezer. Please note there is also a communal laundry room.


Built by Wimpey Retirement Homes, the development comprises 79 one and two bedroom apartments arranged over 2 floors, the upper floor served by LIFTS.

The complex is set within it's own landscaped Grounds with parking available for visitors courtesy of 2 CAR PARKS, the front main car park and a further smaller rear car park.

Aimed specifically at the over 55's, this is a development which allows you to live in a self contained apartment offering total independence yet with a little added security should you require it and in a location which is convenient for everything.

An experienced management company takes care of all external maintenance offering residents peace of mind without intruding into their privacy.

Features of the development include a Residents Lounge, second Lounge available as a games room, Salon for visting Hairdressers, coin operated Laundry and Two Guest Suites for friends and family for overnight visits.


Emergency alarm pull-cords are provided in each of the rooms of the apartment.
Pulling the cord will immediately alert the House Manager to your need for help.

When the Manager is off-duty, the system is linked to an Emergency 24 hour Response Unit. ' Either in person, or through the alarm intercom, you can be sure there will always be someone available in the event of an emergency, day or night, every day of the year.


Subject to confirmation via the Solicitors, we understand the Lease to be 99 years from 1983.

The current Service Charges is £161.49 per month and include the maintenance of the grounds, the Warden and associated 24hr emergency careline costs, buildings insurance and water rates. All the property owner is responsible for, is their own heating, lighting, decoration and maintenance of their own flat and Council Tax.

The Ground Rent is £75 per year.


Adjacent to Park Lodge is the Queens Park shopping centre which will provide most everday needs. Shops include a Somerfields supermarket, Boots the Chemist, newsagent, florist, dry cleaner and a pet shop.

There is also a Doctors surgery, Dentist and Opticians.

The 'NIBS' bus stop outside the development provides transport to the high street and near by towns.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

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.


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.
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