Skylark Close, Billericay

Price £358,500 - Under Offer


  • Modern 2 Bedroom House within walking distance of the Station & High Street
  • Sought after "Mill Grange" Development built by "Ideal Homes" & "Beazer Homes" in 1991/92
  • Huge Sun Lounge extension across the back with 4 sets of bi-fold doors
  • "Maplewood" effect Kitchen with built-in Hob, Oven & Extractor
  • Refitted Bathroom
  • 0.9 mile to Billericay Railway Station (London Liverpool Street in 35 minutes)
  • Local shops just a few minutes walk
  • Front Lounge with attractive wood laminate flooring
  • Ensuite Shower Room off the large Master Bedroom
  • Carport to side and landscaped rear garden

This smart 2 bedroom House, along with its large Sun Lounge extension and Carport, is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the modern Mill Grange Development, itself within walking distance of the Station and High Street (0.9 mile using the Daines Road/Crown Road short cut).

A sought-after estate, Mill Grange was built in 1991/1992, right next to the 90 acres of Mill Meadows Nature Reserve (access gate just 280 metres away from this house) and has a local shopping parade including a very handy Tesco Express, just a few minutes` walk away. The local Infants and Junior Schools both have good OFSTED reports and are also within easy walking distance.

With the gardens landscaped both back and front - the rear garden is West facing too - the property has been very much improved inside too, with the accommodation briefly comprising Entrance Lobby, good size Lounge, fitted `Maple` effect Kitchen/Diner, huge Sun Lounge extension across the back, 2 bedrooms and two bathrooms (an Ensuite Shower Room off the Master Bedroom and a stylish refitted Bathroom).

The main house windows are double glazed, with those in the lounge, bedrooms and bathroom featuring integral blinds, giving a stylish, finishing touch.


The Accommodation

ENTRANCE LOBBY

With plenty of room to hang coats and store shoes. Door through to:


LOUNGE 14ft 9" x 13ft 4" (4.49m x 4.06m)

The rich wood laminate flooring brings warmth and character to the room and the built-in shelving incorporates space for a TV.

The ceiling has a smooth plastered finish, as found throughout, with coving setting off here, the kitchen, landing and both bedrooms too.


SUN LOUNGE 18ft 5" x 11ft 8" narrowing to 9ft 5" (5.61m x 3.55m > 2.87m)

A huge extension with the 10ft vaulted ceiling giving an even greater impression of space.

Four sets of bi-fold doors open out to the rear Garden, with this bright and sunny, versatile room further bathed in light from no less than 8 skylights plus side windows too.


REFITTED KITCHEN 13ft 4" x 8ft 2" (4.06m x 2.48m)

Modern `Maplewood` effect fitted units incorporate a built-in Gas Hob, with a stainless-steel Chimney Extractor Hood above and Multi-function Oven below.

The rear window and part glazed `back door` received plenty of borrowed light from the very well naturally lit Sun Lounge behind.

A matching cupboard opens to reveal the Jaguar Gas Boiler that serves the Gas Central Heating via radiators.


1st FLOOR LANDING

Access to Loft.


MASTER BEDROOM 13ft 4" x 11ft (4.06m x 3.35m)

A lovely size main bedroom with two front windows, inset downlighting (as also found in the Lounge and Ensuite) and a good range of fitted bedroom furniture.


ENSUITE 9ft x 4ft 2" (2.74m x 1.27m)

The skylight lets natural light sweep in to this good size shower room, complete with washbasin, close coupled WC and a Double Shower Cubicle featuring a Rain head Shower.

There`s a nifty recess for towel storage, a chrome towel radiator and attractive ceramic tiling.


BEDROOM TWO 9ft 8" x 7ft 2" (2.94 x 2.18m)

The measurements exclude two deep built-in wardrobes (1 x double, 1 x single).

The rear window incorporates the as previously mentioned integral blinds, with a simple, unobtrusive wand style opening mechanism.


REFITTED BATHROOM 6ft 7" x 5ft 10" (2m x 1.77m)

A well-appointed contemporary Bathroom suite with attractive grey tiling complimenting the white ceramics and Bath - itself Double Ended, with a central mixer tap and a separate Shower riser incorporating both a Rain head Showerhead and a separate hand shower.

There`s a chrome towel radiator and rear window giving plenty of daylight.


FRONT GARDEN

Landscaped to a simple and uncluttered theme with a slate chip bed intermingled with several shrubs.


CARPORT/DRIVE 24ft x 9ft 8" (7.31m x 2.94m)

Adjacent to the house and below the ensuite is the 24ft long Carport/Drive.


REAR GARDEN

Like the front, this area has also been landscaped. The large Patio takes a large table and chairs with ease.

Curved blockwork walls, rendered and painted white, retain the raised back half of the garden. Between the walls, decking steps lead up to a raised platform deck. It is important to note that the decking is rotten and needs replacing. The curved walls look structurally sound (we would recommend a surveyor confirm) and so we would suggest simply replacing the old decking with new - composite decking would be longer lasting - as the nucleus is there and it is actually a very nice design.



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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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