- Beautifully renovated and enlarged 3 Bedroom (all large doubles) late Georgian Cottage
- Originally a pair of farmworkers cottages which we believe date back to the early 1800's
- The original two front rooms now one large 25ft Living Room with a feature central Fireplace
- Separate Utility Room with a door opening to reveal a swish refitted WC Room
- 2 Ensuite Shower Rooms + The Master Bedroom also has a walk-through Dressing Rm & walk-in Wardrobe
- Pleasant non-estate location just 0.6 mile from the High Street and 1 mile to the Railway Station
- Replacement timber weatherboarding to the elevations, slate tiled hipped roof & modern Sash windows
- 23ft Kitchen/Breakfast Room with Granite topped 'Shaker' style units & a feature Rangemaster Cooker
- Spacious Hall with exposed beamwork behind a gorgeous Oak & Glass Staircase
- 2-Car Drive leading to detached Garage. 45ft x 35ft private rear Garden.
Visually appealing, 3 Bedroom Detached late Georgian Cottage, radiating character and enjoying a pleasant non-estate location just 0.6 mile from the High Street and exactly 1 mile from the Mainline Railway Station (London in 35 minutes).
We believe this historic Billericay property dates back to the early 1800's and was probably a pair of Farm Workers cottages serving one of the nearby farms.
Meticulously and sympathetically restored, renovated and enlarged, this beautiful home is now the perfect confection of old and new, its many period features blending with the modern amenities of present day living.
2020 sees a familiar silhouette from the front, with replacement white timber boarding to the front elevation, black timber boarding to the flanks, the restored central chimney emerging through the grey, slate tiled hipped roof and modern double glazed timber Sash windows, all preserving and enhancing the buildings appearance,
To the rear, a modern double storey extension encompasses a family- friendly, open plan Kitchen/Diner with timeless Grey 'Shaker' style units, Granite worktops and Tri-fold doors opening out to the Garden and over the top, a new Master Bedroom with its own private Ensuite Shower Room and Walk-in Wardrobe.
The two front rooms of the farm workers cottages have been opened up together, creating a large reception room with the central, double sided Fireplace giving a homely and charming focal point, with the balance of the accommodation including a surprisingly large Hall, separate Utility Room, ground floor WC Room, two further large double bedrooms (in addition to the aforementioned master bedroom) with a further second Ensuite Shower Room off Bedroom Two, a main Family Bathroom featuring a Freestanding Bath and another room, currently used as a Walk-through Dressing Room to the master bedroom, which could be separated off to create a useful extra small bedroom/nursery/study.
All the windows are double glazed, there is full Gas Central Heating via radiators, 'Oak' internal doors, skirting and architrave complimenting the modern décor, a Wood burning Stove in the Fireplace and exposed beam work in many of the original rooms. Externally, a 2-Car Drive runs down the side of the cottage to a detached single Garage and the 45ft x 35ft Garden benefits from being fairly unoverlooked.
HALL 12ft 3' x 7ft 8' (3.7m x 2.34m)
A surprisingly large hall and a great first impression, the exposed beam work to the far wall complementing the contemporary style Oak staircase with its glass balustrades, along with the matching skirting and architrave.
The smooth plastered ceiling has inset downlighting, as found throughout the property.
OPEN PLAN LIVING/DINING ROOM 25ft x 11ft 10' (7.6m x 3.6m)
Set the scene with a roaring fire in the feature wood burning Stove, the aesthetic centrepiece of this lovely reception room.
Twin front facing double glazed Sash windows flood in light, with the attractive engineered Oak wood flooring, adding warmth and further character to the room.
The vendor has created a clever hidden opening within the ceiling, just in front of fireplace, concealing the TV within the ceiling cavity, when not in use.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 23ft 2' x 12ft 4' (7m x 3.76m)
The keen cook will be in their element in this, the heart of the home, with the elegant, Granite topped, Grey ‘Shaker' style units featuring a host of appliances including a Rangemaster Professional Dual Fuel Range Cooker with 6 Gas Burners, 2 Ovens, a Grill and a storage compartment.
In addition, the freestanding all-in-one Tall Fridge, Freezer and Wine cooler, will be remaining.
Further specification includes a Siemens integrated Dishwasher, Butler sink, full height soft close pull out Larder unit and the Granite worktops include upstands, Hob splashback and a Breakfast Bar.
The Trifold doors open wide, to bring the outside in during the summer months and feature integrated Blinds giving a sleek uncluttered look.
Linking and running between the front living room and rear kitchen, this internal lobby also accesses the Utility room and in turn the ground floor WC room.
UTILITY ROOM 7ft 8' x 8ft 7' narrowing to 4ft 6' (2.34m x 2.6m > 1.4m)
Matching in with the kitchen, a full height double cupboard and adjacent eye level double cupboard provides useful storage.
Adjacent is space for a washing machine and tumble dryer, with above, the wall mounted Vaillant Ecotec plus 837 gas boiler, serving the gas central heating and hot water.
The attractive ceramic floor tiling extends into the WC room.
GROUND FLOOR WC 4ft 8' x 3ft 10' (1.4m x 1.2m)
Making a great impression in small space, this features a wall hung, wood effect Vanity unit with a ‘Utopia‘ countertop bowl and chunky chrome mixer tap, along with a close coupled WC, Chrome towel radiator and tiling to the floor and half wall height.
Back in the hall , the modern Glass and Oak staircase with its exposed beam backdrop, provides a beautiful focal point at the heart of his home and rises up to the first floor landing which sees the exposed brick of the chimney breast rising through the centre of the house.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE: Comprising a walk-through Dressing Room leading into the Master Bedroom, which has its own private Ensuite and separate walk-in Wardrobe.
WALK THROUGH DRESSING ROOM 9ft x 7ft 8' (2.74m x 2.34m)
Originally one of the bedrooms, now a spacious walk-through dressing room leading through to the master bedroom suite, which runs the full width of rear if the property.
There is the easy option of erecting a timber stud, plasterboard wall to the left of the doorway leading into the master bedroom, to create a separate additional room if required. This room would be approximately 7ft 8' x 5ft 8' (2.34m x 1.73m)
MASTER BEDROOM 14ft 7' x 12ft (4.44m x 3.66m)
The confection of 'Oak' internal doors and skirting, freshly repainted grey walls, a cream carpet and the low wide rear window, has created a beautiful rear bedroom.
WALK-IN WARDROBE 8ft x 6ft 4' max (2.44m x 1.93m)
Fitted out with an extensive open storage system incorporating hanging rails, shelving and glass fronted drawers.
Inset within the ceiling, a sun tunnel cleverly brings natural light into the wardrobe.
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM 8ft x 7ft narrowing to 5ft 9' (2.6m x 2.1m > 1.75m)
This contemporary, designer look Shower room features a freestanding Double Vanity Unit finished in a stylish Grey wood effect with chrome feet and with twin basins and four storage drawers.
The large Shower features a stylish overhead Rainfall type showerhead and a separate handset too, for extra flexibility.
Attractive wood effect tiled flooring, an Xpelair extractor and a chrome towel radiator provides the finishing touches, with plenty of light coming through the rear window.
BEDROOM TWO 12ft x 9ft 10' (3.66m x 3m)
Full of personality, this large bedroom has exposed beam work to the ceiling providing a lovely period look and leads the eye to the front facing Sash window.
The measurements exclude a large walk in wardrobe 5ft '6'x 3ft 6' (1.7m x 1.1m) and its adjoining built-in cupboard.
SECOND ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM 7ft 8' x 4ft 10' (2.34m x 1.47m)
Fully tiled, this second Ensuite Shower room features a deep, 'Grey Wood' effect Vanity unit with a Marble look worktop and a contemporary design countertop basin.
The close coupled WC sits discreetly away in the corner and the large Shower, like the master ensuite, features a ‘Rain' shower head and separate handset.
BEDROOM THREE 12ft 1' x 11ft (3.7m x 3.35m)
Another handsome bedroom with exposed beamwork and a front facing sash window.
This room also boasts twin double wardrobes providing a superb storage facility.
BATHROOM 7ft 8' x 6ft 9' (2.34m x 2m)
For a deep soak and the ultimate in luxury, the deep and spacious freestanding bath provides a stunning focal point of this, the main bathroom.
The smart, wood finish vanity unit incorporates a large sink over the drawer below with the further specification including a close coupled WC, chrome towel radiator, attractive wood effect floor tiling and a sun tunnel, pouring in natural daylight through the roof.
EXTERIOR - FRONT
The white picket fence brings a lovely touch of yesteryear to the cottage's front boundary, the timber gate to the left opening to the path up to the main entrance door, and to the right of the fence the 2-Car Drive, leading down the side of the house up to the Garage.
A single detached garage with white weatherboarding, an Up and over Garage door and a rear window.
EXTERIOR - REAR GARDEN 45ft x 35ft (13.7m x 10.7m)
Commencing with a 'Slate' paved patio retained by a low brick wall which steps up to the balance, which is mainly laid to lawn. There is gated access by the garage and plenty of room down the other side for discreet bin storage etc.
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.