We have seen quite a few of these apartments over the last 25 years but this is undoubtedly one of the most prime and uniquely positioned two bedroom properties within the Park Lodge development.
With a small part of one external wall adjoining another property, this newly decorated and re-styled two bedroom, first floor apartment with a refitted shower room, refitted kitchen and new flooring throughout is essentially a standalone home within the complex.
Conveniently positioned just a few steps away from the communal lounge lift, this lovely light apartment not only enjoys the warmth afforded from a southerly aspect but there are also windows from each room overlooking the internal communal garden.
A selection of shops and amenities are adjacent to the complex: these include opticians, doctors and dental surgeries and Billericay High Street is just a mile away. A bus stop is conveniently situated outside Park Lodge with a regular service into central Billericay and to the station.
Built by Wimpey Retirement Homes, the development comprises 79 studio, one bed and two bedroom apartments arranged over two floors, the upper floors serviced by two lifts. On-site facilities include a Residents' Lounge, Dining Area, Communal Computer Area, Laundry and Games Room.
Doors from the main residents' lounge open out to the patio and communal lawn.
The complex is set within its own landscaped grounds with parking available for visitors courtesy of two car parks at the front and rear of the building.
An experienced management company takes care of all external maintenance offering residents peace of mind without intruding into their privacy.
Aimed specifically at the over 55s, this is a development which allows you to live in a self-contained apartment offering total independence, yet with the added security, should you require it, and in a location which is convenient for everything.
Main entrance door with secure entry phone intercom link to all the flats.
Adjacent to the main entrance is the Manager's Office, with the area around encompassing the two residents' lounges and dining area.
A lift from the communal lounge or stairs, positioned just behind the lift, gives access to the first floor.
Private Entrance door through to:
A wood laminate floor is fitted to the hall and extends into the living room. There is a wall mounted door entry and alarm system giving a 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 huge walk-in cupboard 3ft 8" x 3ft 4" (1.11m x 1.01m) provides superb storage, plus in addition two further full height built-in cupboards house the cold water and hot water tank, each cupboard with shelving for added storage.
LOUNGE/DINER 18ft 2" x 9ft 10" narrowing to 9ft 5" (5.53m x 2.99m narrowing to 2.87m)
As mentioned, the wood laminate floor flows seamlessly into this naturally bright living room which embraces the southerly aspect and affords the natural warmth this aspect provides.
In addition to having plenty of room for a table and chairs together with the usual furniture for a sitting room, the rear window overlooks the communal courtyard and garden and there are double doors opening into the kitchen.
KITCHEN 8ft 5" x 5ft 10" (2.56m x 1.77m)
Well-lit by the rear window and with views of the communal garden, this recently refurbished kitchen has a tasteful, modern style with pale grey Shaker style floor and wall cabinets with complimentary worktops providing plenty of storage while also incorporating an electric induction hob with integrated extractor hood above and oven below. There are two spaces housing an undercounter fridge and Samsung washer dryer that we understand will remain.
BEDROOM ONE 11ft 8" x 8ft 7" (3.55m x 2.61m)
The measurements of this room exclude the double fitted wardrobe and, just like the lounge and kitchen, there is a window giving views of the communal gardens and has newly fitted carpet.
BEDROOM TWO 11ft 9" narrowing to 8ft 10" x 7ft (3.58m x 2.69m)
A versatile room that again has a window overlooking the communal gardens with newly fitted carpet.
This refitted and fully tiled shower room has a fitted white suite which comprises a wc with concealed cistern, a washbasin and a double width walk in shower.
Emergency alarm pull-cord is provided in 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 Charge is £175.49 per month and includes the maintenance of the grounds, the warden and associated 24 hour emergency careline costs, building's insurance and water rates.
All the property owner is responsible for is their own heating, lighting, decoration and maintenance of their own apartment and Council Tax.
The Ground Rent is £75 per year.
Adjacent to Park Lodge is the Queens Park shopping centre which will provide most every day needs. Shops include Co-op supermarket, Boots the chemist, florist, dry cleaners 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 nearby 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.
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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