Albion Court, Billericay

Price £250,000 - Under Offer


  • Town Centre Retirement Complex
  • Favoured West Facing One Bedroom Apartment
  • Refitted Kitchen
  • Communal Facilities To Include Guest Suite
  • Moments From The High Street
  • Refitted Shower Room
  • "L" Shaped Lounge/Diner
  • Viewing Recommended

Positioned just off Billericay High Street in a prime town centre setting with private grounds, Albion Court, which consists of 1/2 bedroom flats over 4 levels, remains a popular choice for those aged 55 years over who are looking for retirement living. It goes without saying the appeal and convenience of being just a short stroll from the High Street and within a matter of minutes of Waitrose, will ensure its popularity will continue for many years to come.

Boasting 4 windows facing in a westerly direction, this well proportioned one bedroom first floor apartment enjoys the natural warmth and light afforded by this preferred aspect.

Over recent years both the kitchen and bathroom have been refitted, the bathroom with a white suite now provides a much more practical walk in double shower while the kitchen, which is accessed directly from the `L` shaped lounge/diner, has an appealing range of cream coloured soft close units with complimentary tops and under pelmet lighting to give that luxury feel.

As with many other retirement developments there are communal facilities to assist with day to day living, at Albion Court you have a Residents Lounge which is used for regular social events but is also available for entertaining friends and family, a Laundry Room where you have a time allocation for use and a Guest Suite available by prior booking,

Additional points of worthy of note, include a day time site manager with a 24 hour Care Call for round the clock assistance, lift access to each floor, residents parking and private communal gardens for the summer months.


ACCOMMODATION AS FOLLOWS...


COMMUNAL HALL

A security intercom entry system and automated entrance door gives access into the communal halls, these have been recently decorated and access via stairs or lift take you to the first floor.


ENTRANCE HALL

Within this hallway there are 2 storage cupboards, one of which houses the hot water tank, an access point to the loft and panel doors to..


BEDROOM 3.97m x 2.76m (13ft x 9ft)

Being on the west side of this development the bedroom with 2 side windows has a naturally light and bright feel and there is also a recessed mirrored wardrobe.


LOUNGE/DINER 4.15m x 5.57m > 3.39m (13ft 7 x 18ft 3 > 11ft 1)

Being "L" shaped in design this lounge diner, just like the bedroom has 2 side windows which face in a westerly direction and therefore affords a good degree of natural light and warmth throughout much of the day.

The Lounge Area measures 4.15m x 3.39m (13ft 7 x 11ft 1) and has an arched access into the kitchen and is open to the..


Dining Area 2.54m x 2.18m (8ft 4 x 7ft 1)


KITCHEN 2.12m x 2.01m ( 7ft x 6ft 7)

Having been refitted approximately 6 years ago this kitchen has a classic modern feel to it thanks to the light cream coloured soft close units and complimentary granite effect worktops which have well-chosen tiled splashbacks and under lighting. There is an integrated Blanco sink unit with a mixer tap, a twin corner pull and swing out "MONTE CARLO" pantry unit and an electric cooker and fridge freezer that can remain.


COMMUNAL AREAS

In addition to the reception hall Albion Court provides a residents LAUNDRY ROOM where you can be allocated a personal time of use. In addition, there is a communal lounge with an adjoining kitchen area that is also positioned on the favoured west side and with a part glazed roof is a wonderfully bright space.


OUTSIDE

There are communal grounds surrounding the property, these provide both seating areas and designated parking for residents and their visitors.


LEASE DETAILS

The 125 Year Lease commenced on 23rd March 1989 and therefore has approx. 96 Years remaining.


SERVICE CHARGE

The budget for the coming year has given an annual charge of £2,120 this equates to a monthly charge of £176.67.
This charge covers such things as landscaping of the grounds, maintenance of the outside of the building and internal common areas, resident Manager`s cost, provision of the 24-hour care-call system and buildings insurance.



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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.


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.
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