- Impressive 4 Bedroom Detached House on the prestigious McAlpine Homes 'Oakwood Manor' Development
- Approx 1 mile to Billericay Railway Station (London Liverpool Street in 35 minutes)
- (2 minute dash from Mayflower School and short 9-10 minute walk from Buttsbury Schools)
- Integral Double Garage with part sectioned off as another useful room
- Downstairs also has a Long Hall, 18' Lounge with wood burning Stove, Study, Utility Room & WC Room
- Oakwood Drive is a long cul-de-sac of large houses with this one in the first mews - a quiet setting
- Within catchment of the 'Outstanding' OFSTED rated Buttsbury Infants & Mayflower Schools
- Sunny South-West facing secluded Garden with a full width Resin Bonded Patio and HotTub to stay
- Stunning 30ft open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family Room with Bi-fold Doors & luxury Kitchen area
- Upstairs the large Galleried Landing, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Ensuites & Main Bathroom
This impressive 4 Bedroom Detached Family Residence is situated on the prestigious 'Oakwood Manor' development, itself approximately one mile from the Station and next door to Mayflower High School with its Outstanding OFSTED Report.
All the houses on Oakwood Manor are big family homes built circa 2001 by Alfred McAlpine Homes, representing the last two hundred years of house design - hence Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian styles are all present.
Oakwood Drive is a long cul-de-sac with this particular house in the first mews, enjoying a nice quiet setting on the edge of the development and with its design taken with a nod to the Edwardian era.
Key features of this property include its very private South West facing Garden, integral double Garage (part of which has been converted to a large Hobbies Room), a long Hall with attractive wood flooring and a WC Room, 18ft Lounge with a big walk-in Bay Window, Study, the four Bedrooms (two with Ensuite Bath/Shower Rooms), the Main Family Bathroom with has both a Bath and a separate Shower, and the centrepiece of the property - a stunning 30ft open plan Kitchen/Diner/Family Room with Bi-folding Doors sweeping open to the Garden.
There's a confection of attractive floor coverings; warm wood laminate, beautiful white Marble Porcelain tiling (in the open plan living room/kitchen) and modern soft underfoot carpet, elegant bespoke Plantation Shutters in many rooms, Gas Central Heating via radiators, Grey Gloss Kitchen units topped with White Marble Granite and incorporating Bosch appliances and a feature Wood Burning Stove in the Lounge.
In addition to the potential of a Garage Conversion, a Loft conversion within the tall roof space would be another obvious and affordable way of adding even more room to this property.
Oakwood Manor is also well positioned, with Mayflower School a 1 minute dash, Buttsbury Schools and Norsey Woods both easy 9-10 minute walks, local shops are just 5 minutes on foot and Lake Meadows Park and Stockbrook Manor Golf and Country Club are also within walking distance.
A great first impression with attractive 'Grey Oak' laminate flooring, sugar white walls and feature glass balustrades accompanying the stripey stair carpet as it runs up to the Landing.
Looking up there is elegant ornate cornice, as found in the main living rooms and bedrooms.
GROUND FLOOR WC ROOM
Fitted with a white two piece 'Cloakroom' suite, complimented by half height white tiled walls and the Plantation shuttered window.
The same feature Grey Oak laminate flooring runs into here, as well as the Lounge and Study.
LOUNGE 18ft 3' x 11ft 7' min (5.6m x 3.5m)
The measurements exclude a large, nearly 7ft wide walk-in Bay.
A second window provides additional light with inset downlighting for the evenings.
Set the scene with a roaring fire within the focal point of this room, the wood burning Stove within the recessed Fireplace.
STUDY 7ft 5' x 6ft 6' (2.3m x 2m)
This smart little room has both a front facing window and a further open window to the feature open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family Room behind.
The perfect home office or games room!
Of the Hall, a door opens to reveal a small Lobby, with the Utility to the left, a door opening to reveal the large understairs cupboard to your right, and a door ahead leading through to:
OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/DINING/FAMILY ROOM 30ft x 11ft 7' narrowing to 10ft (9.2m x 3.5m x 3m)
The style Hub-of-the-Home, formally the Kitchen and separate Dining Room, now one lovely big family space with the Kitchen up one end and the Family/Dining area the other end, where Bi-fold Doors sweep open, letting the outside in during the warm summer months.
The kitchen area has been fitted with a sleek range of shiny Grey Gloss 'Handless' units topped with 'White Marble' effect Granite worktops and incorporating a host of Bosch appliances, these comprising:
A wide built-in Induction Hob with a stainless steel and Glass Chimney style Extractor Hood above, a built-in 'Serie 8' Multifunctional Oven with its '4D Hot Air' system and unique rotating fan, a 'Serie 8' built-in Compact Oven/Microwave also with 4D Hot Air system and a SoftOpen/Close door, an integrated Dishwasher, and an integrated Undercounter Fridge.
Further features include the wide projecting Peninsular unit doubling up as a Breakfast Bar, swish underworktop lighting, an undermounted 1.5 bowl sink and the beautiful 'White Marble' porcelain floor tiles.
Up at the far end, the largest of a trio of recesses takes a large flat screen TV.
UTILITY ROOM 7ft max x 5ft (2.1m x 1.5m)
Tall, fitted units hide the washing machine and a large recess to their left takes an American style fridge freezer.
An external part glazed door leads out to the sidewalk.
A spacious Galleried Landing with glass balustrade making it feel even wider too.
A front facing window brings in lots of light and a built-in cupboard houses the Gledhill hot water cylinder.
A ceiling hatch flips down to reveal a loft ladder accessing the Loft
PRINCIPLE BEDROOM 18ft 5' narrowing to 12ft 7' x 11ft 7' (5.6m > 3.8m x 3.5m)
A recessed niche on the left as you enter provides a large, fitted dressing table with spotlights above and a mirror behind.
The Entrance Area then opens up to the main Bedroom area with its front facing window and two sets of fitted double wardrobes.
Door through to:
ENSUITE BATHROOM 8ft 4' x 7ft 10' min (2.5m x 2.4m)
A surprisingly large bathroom giving plenty of room for its huge built-in double ended Bath with pull-out shower and white ceramics including a Bidet.
There's also a useful fitted storage cupboard, White Marble effect floor tiling and white wall tiling, inset downlights and a front facing obscure window.
BEDROOM TWO 17ft 3' x 10ft 3' (5.3m x 3.1m)
A very spacious bedroom with two rear facing windows flooding in light.
On the right as you enter, two double wardrobes provide lots of storage and the Laura Ashley featured wallpapered wall gives a designer feel.
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
Fitted with a white Italian 'Sottini' Basin with pedestal and a shower cubicle.
White Marble effect floor tiling and white wall tiling coupled with a side facing window, creates a light and airy second Ensuite.
BEDROOM THREE 13ft x 8ft 6' (4m x 2.6m)
Another double bedroom with a wide rear facing window for maximum light and with the measurements excluding a built-in double wardrobe.
It's grey and white decor is enhanced by feature dark grey, textured papered wall.
BEDROOM FOUR 8ft x 6ft 7' (2.4m x 2m)
This bedroom has a front facing window and the measurements exclude a built-in double wardrobe.
BATHROOM 9ft 6' x 8ft 3' max (2.9m x 2.5m)
Fitted with a white Sottini suite, the Bath with pull-out and shower and there is also a separate Shower cubicle too.
White Marble floor tiles, white wall tiles along and its side facing window, gives a bright and light feel.
EXTERIOR - FRONT
Accompanying the front Lawn, a double width block paved Drive sits in front of the Integral Double Garage.
DOUBLE GARAGE 17ft 8' x 17ft 4' (5.4m x 5.3m)
With twin Up and Over Doors, two side windows and a rear courtesy door.
Of note, a section has been converted into a Hobbies Room:
HOBBIES ROOM 10ft 10' x 8ft 8' (3.3m x 2.6m
Timber framework and plasterboard has created this useful additional room accessed via an internal door from the garage, which uses one of the side windows for natural light and has plastered walls, laminate flooring and downlighting inset within the ceiling.
EXTERIOR - GARDEN 43ft x 37ft increasing to 46ft (13m x 11.3m > 14m)
Enjoy lazy afternoons and soak up the Sun in this sunny South-West facing Garden, which boasts a full width Resin Bonded Stone Patio.
Railway sleepers retain the lawn which has a well-stocked rear border and the tall fencing all around, with even taller hedging to the left boundary makes for a very private and secluded Garden.
The Hot Tub might just be the therapy you need to relax and unwind after a long day - so enjoy it, as its staying!
Also, being such a wide property, there is a surprisingly long side access leading round to the garage, inviting lots of space for out of the way storage.
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.