- Beautiful Period Cottage perched on the edge of Billericay High Street
- Shopping bags swing from the High Street with its central Waitrose Store and many bars and shops
- Extended to provide 760sq ft of beautifully presented accommodation
- 13ft wide parking Bay on the return frontage
- Sleek Black High Gloss Kitchen units with built-in appliances
- Perfect for the Commuter, as its an easy stroll along the High Street to the Station the other end
- Formally Georgian Army Barrack Housing and so a historical landmark part of Billericay
- 31ft Rear Garden with a really good Outbuilding at the end - an ideal work from home Office
- 19ft Lounge open plan to a stunning 14ft x 12ft Kitchen with Bi-fold Doors bringing the Outside in
- Refitted luxury Bathroom serving the two first floor Double Bedrooms
Billericay played a fairly important role during the Napoleonic Wars, due to its close proximity to London. The primary role of the town was to supply the government with flour and bread, but they also provided soldiers with accommodation in the forms of Inns. Between 1804 and 1807 an Army Barracks was established here in Billericay, housing 276 men. (It closed around 1815, at the end of the wars).
Utterly charming, this 2-Bedroom End terrace Cottage formed one of these barracks, with the lane down the side accessing the Parking Bay (Stanley Terrace), the Parade Ground!
Perched just a shopping bags swing from the High Street, 2019 sees this pretty Barracks House now extended and brought bang up to date, with all the modern refinements - perfect for the City Commuter.
During the day, the packed historic High Street, literally around the corner, has many well-known high street names mixed with smaller privately owned boutiques and a central Waitrose, providing more than the daily essentials and the numerous intermingled restaurants, bars and pubs give the high street a real buzz of an evening, particularly Friday and Saturday nights.
The property itself has a lovely open plan design giving a real sense of space with the triple bi-fold Door System in the kitchen opening out to the Garden, really bringing the outside in during the summer months.
In fact, the current Vendor mentioned how this open plan living space enabled them to have a 45-people party last summer!
There is also a properly built, detached Outbuilding at the end of the Garden with a double-glazed window and electrics/lighting, a real outside room and ideal for those working from home.
Internally the accommodation sees a 19ft 4" x 13ft Lounge (with plenty of room for a dining table too), 14ft x 12ft Black Gloss Kitchen/Diner, the two bedrooms and a feature luxury Bathroom with both a large Corner Bath and separate Shower Cubicle.
There is full Gas Central Heating via Radiators and the replacement double glazed Sash windows have preserved and enhanced the buildings appearance, keeping within the character of the conservation area.
A 13ft wide parking bay provides Off Street Parking.
LIVING ROOM 19ft 4" x 13ft (5.9m x 4m)
Gorgeous wood effect flooring, running into the kitchen, compliments the on-trend striped stair carpet within this oversized Living Room, giving plenty of room for an optional Dining area up the far end.
A useful understairs area gives uncluttered storage and the smooth plastered ceiling with inset downlighting further enhances the modern look.
KITCHEN/DINER 13ft 8" x 12ft (4.2m x 3.7m)
There's a real sense of bringing the outdoors in to this lovely big social kitchen, due to the almost full width bifold doors maximising access and light.
Bold, sleek and very metropolitan the striking high gloss Black kitchen units are topped with beautiful Stone worktops and incorporate a built-in Gas Hob with a stainless steel Chimney Extractor Hood above and a Multi-function Oven below, integrated Slimline Dishwasher, space for a Washing Machine, 1.5 bowl composite Sink unit and the Black gloss Samsung 'Smart Eco' American style Fridge Freezer is to remain; this rather handsome machine boasting a water and ice dispenser for instant refreshment and a 'digital inverter motor' which is much quieter and consumes less energy.
Further touches include a contemporary vertical radiator in addition to the main radiator and a high-level TV and plug socket makes for a neat and tidy, flat screen wall mounted TV.
The ground floor being fully open plan offers adaptability and multifunctional use. Whether socialising, relaxing, dining, catching up on emails or cooking, this stunning open plan Living area creates one space designed to be used for every part of single or family life.
1st FLOOR LANDING
The chrome spindles on the light wood staircase gives a striking modern edge and a side window pours in light to the Landing.
MASTER BEDROOM 13ft 1" x 10ft 10" (4m x 3.3m)
The simple colour palette gives an elegant and cosy bedroom designed in contemporary style with 'Oak' effect fitted furniture comprising twin double wardrobes either side of a chest of drawers and twin bedside cabinets either side of the bed recess.
The loft access provides easy loft access and this room also has inset downlighting.
BEDROOM TWO 10ft 3" x 9ft 4" (3.1m x 2.m)
The sugar white walls give a fresh and clean look and this room also has inset downlighting.
BATHROOM 10ft 10" narrowing to 7ft 10" x 7ft (2.4m x 2.1m)
Relax in the large corner Bath or energise in the Double Shower within this surprisingly large, well-appointed Bathroom, which also has a wide white Gloss Vanity unit, Travertine effect tiling, a towel radiator and the shower features a stylish overhead, rainfall type shower head and a handset too, for extra flexibility.
The rear facing window provides ample daylight and here too has inset ceiling downlighting.
31ft long with a blend of split-level Patio and Decking. The current sellers mentioned that with the wide Bi-fold Doors fully open and the openness off the ground floor living space combined with the garden area, they had a party gathering last summer of over 40 people, with plenty of room to spare.
OUTBUILDING 10ft 4" x 7ft 6"
A pleasant surprise. This very well-built outbuilding has a solid wood 'front door' and a double glazed Sash window. Inside appears to be drylined with various power sockets, lighting, a wall mounted heater and even wiring for a wall mounted TV. A proper room, ideal as a home office, children's 'den', etc. There is also an outside tap round the side of it.
Behind the garden, accessed by the lane along the side of the house, is a large 13ft wide parking recess (probably the end part of the garden).
A little bit of History
Back in the 18th & 19th Centuries, the inns of Billericay were often used to billet soldiers, as the town was conveniently located for the military, Tilbury Fort was considered within marching distance!
In fact Henton Kirkman's office is part of what was the Three Horseshoes Inn, which would of houses some of these soldiers and the Rising Sun Pub (now converted into flats) had its own 'soldiers room' for the officers.
At the start of the19th Century with the Napoleonic Wars in full swing, these barracks were constructed in the grounds of Albion House and because of their historic appeal, form part of the towns centre's Conservation Area.
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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.