- 5 bedroom Detached house on nearly 1/2 acre seeking the next generation of owners
- Sunny South-West facing 275ft x 56ft Garden with 4 floricultural outbuildings
- Non-estate location just a short 1.8 mile drive to the High Street
- Sizeable Hall with understairs cupboard and Cloakroom/WC
- Extended 19ft Kitchen/Breakfast Room with adjacent Utility Room
- Elevated vantage point on outskirts of Billericay commanding a superb rural outlook to the Rear
- In/Out Carriage Drive and wider than average Garage
- In need of updating but a tremendous opportunity to evolve into a dream family home
- 22ft Lounge with feature Inglenook Fireplace and separate Dining Room
- 4 large Principle Bedrooms (3 with superb views), 5th Box Bedroom, Bathroom & sep WC Room
Not to be missed. Radiating potential, this substantial 5 Bedroom Detached Family Home sits on nearly half an acre, its elevated vantage point commanding superb rear rural views.
The well maintained South-West facing, 260ft x 56ft Garden has been lovingly maintained over the years and boasts a number of horticultural outbuildings. To the front, an In/Out Drive provides a sea of parking in addition to the large Garage.
After 33 years, the current owner is seeking the next generation of owners to enjoy the property as much as they have and to evolve the property further, with the huge opportunity to remodel or enlarge, that this comfortable and very family friendly house offers.
The present accommodation briefly comprises a large welcoming Entrance Hall with Cloakroom/WC, 22ft Lounge with feature Inglenook Fireplace, Dining Room, extended 19ft Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, 4 large bedrooms (including a huge centrepiece Master Bedroom with fabulous rear views), a single bedroom, family Bathroom and separate WC Room (potential Ensuite).
Keys are held for an immediate viewing as we expect this home to generate a lot of interest.
HALL 13ft x 11ft 8" (3.96m x 3.56m)
A lovely size, this large Hall will welcome large groups of friends and family with ease, plus there`s plenty of room by the large understairs cupboard for coats etc too.
GROUND FLOOR CLOAKROOM
This fully tiled downstairs WC Room has an uncluterred back-to-wall WC and a semi-recessed Basin with cupboard below. A side facing window gives natural light.
LOUNGE 22ft 3" x 13ft 9" (6.78m x 4.19m)
This substantial living room sees an impressive Inglenook fireplace with an inset Gas Fire as the central focal point.
Full of personality, this room has been finished with beamwork to the ceiling and `Elizabethan` style wood panelled walls.
A triple set of sliding patio doors lead out to the garden with further light flowing in through the front facing bay window.
DINING ROOM 10ft 6" x 9ft 10" (3.2m x 3m)
A pleasant, almost square dining room, with a set of sliding patio doors leading out to the rear garden.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 19ft 3" x 13ft narrowing to 8ft 8" (5.87m x 3.96m > 2.64m)
This `heart-of-the-home` split-level kitchen/diner is flooded with light courtesy of large rear and side facing windows and a further smaller side window.
There is a electric hob with an Integrated extractor above, built-in Creda Europa Solarplus Double Oven (a very good oven in its day), built in Microwave and recesses for two kitchen appliances. In addition, the two side by side fridge/freezers may remain.
UTILITY ROOM 8ft 10" x 5ft 7" (2.69m x 1.7m)
Matching in with the kitchen, the units incorporate a twin bowl sink and space for a washing machine. There is also a side facing window and part glazed door leading to the covered side area.
1st FLOOR LANDING
A good space with a front facing window pouring light down the stairwell and with a ceiling hatch accessing the cavernous loft (with a pull down ladder and a small window).
The airing cupboard is surprisingly deep and has a further narrow door, accessed from the bathroom.
MASTER BEDROOM 19ft 4" x 13ft 7" (5.89m x 4.14m)
Rise and shine to the superb outlook through the big wide rear window, providing an impressive vista over the garden and fields beyond. A really lovely view!
This huge bedroom has a range of fitted bedroom furniture and the potential to have an Ensuite, as there is a long adjoining separate WC room.
SEPARATE WC ROOM 10ft 5` x 2ft 7` (3.18m x 0.79m)
Presently accessed via a door off the landing, this could be turned into an Ensuite Shower Room with considerable ease and already has a side facing window.
Presently with tiled walls, a back-to-wall WC and a wall mounted hand wash basin.
BEDROOM TWO 13ft 10" x 13ft 4.22m x 3.96m)
This bright and sunny bedroom enjoys an almost full width front window, flooding in light.
Although dated in style, the fitted bedroom furniture, including wardrobes, is in tip-top order.
BEDROOM THREE 13ft 10" x 9ft 1" (4.22m x 2.77m)
This room also enjoys an almost full with window, drenching the room in sunlight and being at the rear of the house too, also enjoys a very attractive outlook.
There is also has a range of fitted premium bedroom furniture, which although somewhat dated could certainly do a turn for a good many years yet.
BEDROOM FOUR 10ft 6" x 10ft (3.2m x 3.05m)
Nice and square, this is another rear bedroom, currently used as an office, enjoying a fabulous outlook through a large window.
BEDROOM FIVE 7ft 1" x 6ft 7" (2.16m x 2.01m)
This box bedroom will still comfortably fit in a single bed and has a front facing window.
BATHROOM 10ft 5" x 6ft 6" (3.18m x 1.98m)
This big family bathroom has fully tiled walls and is fitted with a `Champagne` colour suite, comprising basin inset within a large vanity unit with twin storage cupboards below and a bath with a mixer tap and shower attachment.
A large recess houses the Shower and a side facing window gives natural light.
NOTE: The bathroom and aforementioned separate WC Room are next to each other and with the bathroom being such a good size, it gives the opportunity to convert the existing bathroom into full-size bathroom including WC and to convert the separate shower room into an Ensuite for the master bedroom
EXTERIOR - FRONT
A low laurel front hedge with young conifers either end and a broad In/Out Drive, encompasses the middle lawn with its focal point central tree. Further small trees and plants add to create a very pleasant kerbside appeal.
EXTERIOR - REAR
COVERED AREA 17ft 3" x 4ft (5.26m x 1.22m)
Accessed from the Utility Room external door and linking the main house with the garage, this handy storage area has a front gate and a courtesy door to the garage
GARAGE. 19ft long x 15ft wide (5.79m x 4.57m)
This wider than average garage has both a 13ft wide, remote-controlled, electric up and over door to the front, as well as a further single Up and Over Garage Door at the back of the garage, affording access through the garage and to the rear.
The garage boasts a sink, water softener for the main house, a freestanding fridge/freezer which will be remaining and also houses the Glow Worm Flexicom 30Hx Gas boiler and the gas meter. There is also flourescent strip lights and several electric sockets
REAR GARDEN 260ft x 58ft garden
Wandering through this mature Garden is a delight, with an extensive formal lawn intermingled with various well-kept flower beds and a mix of different trees of various ages and sizes, a brick retained, raised vegetable patch, two concrete block Compost Bins and to protect your home-grown fruit and veg from birds, a large walk-in Fruit Cage too.
There are a number of outbuildings comprising:
SHED JUST BEHIND THE GARAGE 9ft 9" x 7ft 7" (2.97m x 2.31m)
A simple timber structure providing a great storage facility and with both a fluorescent light and several plug sockets handled by a separate fuse box (not tested).
FIRST GREENHOUSE 12ft 8" x 7ft (3.86m x 2.13m)
The keen gardener may like to know that this greenhouse also has electricity in the form of eight Double Waterproof Sockets and a programmable water supply courtesy of a smart little Gardena `Water Computer` with an electronic display and able to switch the watering on and off automatically, watering up to 6 times a day with a watering time up to 10 hours and on appointed Watering days - very clever. There also appears to be several, what look like, large light bulbs, possibly plant heatlamps? (None tested)
SECOND SHED 9ft 9" x 7ft 6" (2.97m x 2.29m)
Further down the garden is another shed, previously used as a Potting Shed and also with a fluorescent strip light and electricity, the shed having its own MK Sentry Consumer Unit and an exterior light (not tested)
SECOND GREENHOUSE 10ft 3" x 5ft 1" (3.12m x 1.55m)
Further down the garden again we come to another greenhouse, again with fluorescent strip lights and two visible double power sockets (not tested)
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.