Hunts Mead, Billericay

£550,000 - Under Offer


  • Extended 3 Bedroom Semi-detached Bungalow just a 5 minute stroll from the High Street
  • Huge wedge shaped Plot of nearly 1/4 acre - the Grounds a gardeners delight
  • In need of modernisation although this is outweighed by its immense potential and super location
  • 0.7 Mile (14 min walk) to Billericay Railway Station (London Liverpool Street in 35 minutes)
  • 3-4 minute stroll to the 18 acres of 'Sun Corner', protected green open space
  • Available for the first time since it was bought new in 1955 and extended in 1971
  • Lots of space at the side to enlarge further, plus the Roof space is huge too
  • Accommodation includes 3 Bedrooms, 3 Reception Rooms, 2 Bathrooms & fitted Kitchen
  • Local shops around corner too (250m away)
  • Short 10 minute walk to Quilters Infants & Junior Schools, both with Outstanding OFSTED Reports

On the Market for the first time since it was purchased new in 1955 and then extended in 1971, this large 3 Bedroom Semi-detached Bungalow boasts a huge, wedge shaped rear Garden, the plot in total approaching 1/4 acre.

The property enjoys a super convenient location too. It's on the doorstep of Billericay High Street - a 5 minute stroll away, the green space of Sun Corner is even closer at 3-4 minutes, Quilters Infants & Junior Schools (both with Outstanding OFSTED Reports) are a 10 minute walk and for the City Commuter, the Mainline Railway Station is also within walking distance at 0.7 mile.

Back to the property, the 1971 extension added on two new living rooms, a side Lobby and another Bathroom (fitted out as a large Shower Room), with the now present day accommodation comprising Hall, Lounge, Dining Room, Family Room with huge Patio Doors gazing out over the equally huge Garden, Kitchen, the three Bedrooms (the Master Bedroom the original Lounge, so again, another big oversized room), original Bathroom and the 2nd Shower Room.

The Solar panels we understand are fully owned (so some free electricity assuming they work - not tested), and externally there is also a detached Garage with a workshop behind, two sheds and a big Greenhouse.

As one can see, there is the huge potential to extend to the side, as well as going up into the roof space.


The Accommodation


Front Entrance Door with Side light windows leading through to:


PORCH 1.65m x 1.1m (5ft 5' x 3ft 7')

A further large side window in addition to the glazing of the front door means the Porch is bathed in light, with a further glazed door leading through to:


HALL

18 feet long and with doors leading off to:


DINING ROOM 3.8m x 3.3m (12ft 6' x 11ft)

Originally the rear master bedroom, then following the extension used as the dining room.

An 8ft wide opening with a couple of steps leads on to the:


LOUNGE 4.5m x 2.9m (14ft 9' x 9ft 5')

Part of the extension and with a large rear window bringing in plenty of light and enjoying a super outlook over the established Garden.

Looking up we also see the unusual feature the previous owner had incorporated within the extension, a vault in the ceiling with a front facing window, the south facing sunlight which comes through it, reflecting off copper tiles to bring even more sunlight into the room.

The ornate Fireplace, although in need of replacement, is Gas fired.


FAMILY/DAY ROOM 3.8m x 3.6m (12ft 6' x 11ft 9')

Nearly 8ft tall and 8ft wide, the eyes will immediately be drawn to the very large set of patio doors which opens out to the garden.

Like the lounge adjacent, both rooms enjoy ceilings stretching up nearly 9ft, with this one particularly well light well lit by those patio doors along with another large side facing window.


KITCHEN 3.6m x 3.4m (11ft 9' x 11ft 3')

(The measurements exclude a slight door recess).

Fitted with a range of dated but functional, Medium Oak effect kitchen units incorporating a Neff Gas Hob sitting below a canopied Extractor Hood, built- in Neff Multi-function Double Oven/Grill, paces below for a washing machine and slimline dishwasher and a built-in Larder.

A large side facing window plus further glasswork and a doorway separating the kitchen from the Family Room brings in plenty of light.

Looking up as you enter the room, one spots the large oversized Loft hatch:

LOFT

A huge area! Unmeasured but worthy of investigation when viewing the property.


MASTER BEDROOM 4.6m x 3.3m (15ft 2' x 11ft)

Formally the front lounge, now a super size bedroom, flooded in light from the 8ft wide front facing bay window.

Below the rug, we spot parquet flooring which is visible in two of the other bedrooms and the lounge (previous master bedroom) and so we can only presume it potentially runs under the hall carpet and the bathroom laminate flooring.

A range of bedroom furniture runs along two walls, providing a useful temporary storage facility.


BEDROOM TWO 3m x 2.7m (9ft 10' x 8ft 9')

Presently with fitted wardrobes with sliding doors, which we feel once removed will give a greater impression of space to this front facing bedroom.


BEDROOM THREE 2.6m x 2.4m (8ft 6' x 7ft 10')

A single bedroom with a side facing window.


BATHROOM 2m x 1.8m (6ft 5' x 5ft 10')

Fitted with a coloured suite with a separate shower over the bath, fully tiled and with a side facing window.


LOBBY (Off the Family Room)

A little lobby with its own external 'front door', accessing both the Shower room and the Family Room.


SHOWER ROOM 2.6m narrowing to 1.5m x 2.2m (8ft 6' > 5ft x 7ft 4')

This fully tiled additional bathroom has a basin inset within a worktop with a run of cupboards below, a low level WC, Bidet, and a shower cubicle.

Two high-level windows provide plenty of daylight and a store cupboard on the right as you enter, hidden behind the door, opens to reveal the Ideal 'Mexico' floor standing Boiler, with a hot water tank above.


DETACHED GARAGE 5.3m x 2.54m (17ft 3' x 8ft 4')

With an up & over door, a upvc double glazed window and a glazed courtesy door.

A 5ft wide opening at the end flows open plan into a rear area measuring 2.6m x 1.55m (8ft 6' x 5ft 1'). This area appears to be a brick built continuation of the garage.

A further doorway then leads into a lean-to wooden workshop measuring 2.3m x 2.3m (7ft 8' x 7ft 8'), albeit in probable need of immediate removal


EXTERIOR - GARDEN

There's an initial block paved patio with steps down to the main lawn.

This is a very big garden in sections: An initial Lawn with shrubs providing sectioning to next part, which is a large open lawn, almost like an orchard - with two rows of very neatly trimmed and individual 'heritage english' Apple & Pear trees.

To the rear left hand area there are two sheds and a big Greenhouse at the bottom.

There is the clear potential for leisure buildings, swimming pool or even a detached Annexe to be put in (removal of the garage could provide a drive leading down to one).



Council Tax
Basildon Council, Band D

Notice
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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