- 4 BEDROOM DETACHED CHARACTER HOME ON 0.65 ACRE IN LOVELY NON-ESTATE SETTING
- 0.7 MILE TO BILLERICAY HIGH STREET WITH ITS CENTRAL WAITROSE STORE
- "OUTSTANDING" OFSTED QUILTERS CATCHMENT AREA
- 3 LARGE RECEPTIONS (LOUNGE, DINING ROOM & FAMILY/SITTING ROOM)
- ALL FOUR BEDROOMS ARE LARGE DOUBLES
- PLANNING PASSED IN 2016 TO CONVERT ITS 36ft LONG OUTBUILDING INTO A ONE BEDROOM DETACHED ANNEX
- 1 MILE TO BILLERICAY RAILWAY STATION (LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET IN 35 MINUTES)
- 22ft BESPOKE DESIGNER KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM WITH SIEMENS APPLIANCES, BY TEDDYS OF INGATESTONE
- 3 LUXURY BATHROOMS; GROUND FLOOR SHOWER ROOM, ENSUITE (also by Teddys) & MAIN BATHROOM
- SUNNY WEST FACING PLOT, THE 268ft x 75ft GARDEN WITH TWO OUTBUILDINGS
Radiating character throughout, this extended 4 Bedroom Detached, 1930's family home occupies a West facing plot of 0.65 acre, which includes a 36ft Outbuilding with planning passed to create a One Bedroom Detached Annexe and build a new Double Garage on the front grounds, at a right angle to the Main House.
The property enjoys a pleasant setting on the outskirts of Billericay yet is just a 1-mile walk to the Station and only 0.7 mile to the High Street with its central Waitrose store.
If education is a high priority then you may be interested to know the property falls within the catchment area for Quilters Infants & Junior Schools, both boasting 'Outstanding' OFSTED Reports.
Hugely improved over recent years, the accommodation comprises a large 12ft Porch with marble effect flooring, Hall with attractive wood flooring, Refitted ground floor Shower Room, 21ft Lounge with feature Log Burner, 13ft Dining Room with Victorian style Fireplace, bay window and projecting walk-in Bay with French Doors, 12ft Study/Sitting Room with an Open Fire and bay window, gorgeous designer luxury Kitchen by Teddys of Ingatestone, separate Utility Room, 4 large double bedrooms (including bedroom three which has an impressive feature vaulted beamed ceiling), refitted Shower Room (also by Teddys of Ingatestone) and a main Bathroom with a freestanding double ended Bath. The windows are double glazed and there is full Gas Central Heating via radiators.
Externally, the front has a sea of parking in addition to a set of double gates to the side, where through which, the drive runs down to the aforementioned Outbuilding (Garage/Workshop).
Within the 380ft x 75ft plot are two detached Outbuildings. There is an 18ft x 9ft timber Cabin with a 10ft high vaulted roof, which is currently used as an Artist's Studio and the larger 36ft x 12ft 6' Timber Building currently used as a Garage/Workshop which had Planning passed in 2016 to convert it to a 500sq ft, One Bedroom Annexe.
PORCH 12ft 4' x 4ft 3' (3.8m x 1.3m)
A set of solid wood, double doors swing open to this super-size porch, which has a hard-wearing marble effect tiled floor and generous glazing to the front and sides, making it a very light and bright entrance.
HALL 16ft 5' x 6ft 7' (5m x 2m)
Attractive wood flooring runs the length of the hall, which has a useful full height built-in cloaks cupboard at the end.
GROUND FLOOR SHOWER ROOM 8ft 4' narrowing to 6ft 1' x 5ft 8' (2.5m > 1.85m x 1.7m)
The Grey freestanding Combination Vanity unit incorporates a double cupboard below, back-to-wall WC and a sleek polymarble Basin with an integrated top.
The glass shower enclosure features a stylish overhead rainfall type showerhead with a separate handset for extra flexibility.
An original Georgian style window provides borrowed light from the utility room behind, with further finishing touches including a white towel radiator and attractive ‘Studio Konran Putty Satin' ceramic floor tiling.
LOUNGE 21ft x 10ft 10' (6.4m x 3.3m)
Featuring warm wood flooring and a focal point, corner brick Fireplace with a freestanding wood burning Stove. This rear lounge also has two side facing windows and a set of double doors with accompanying full height side light windows, opening out to the rear garden.
DINING ROOM 15ft 3' into the walk-in Bay narrowing to 12ft 9' x 11ft 9' (4.6m max x 3.6m)
A lovely dual aspect room, with both a front facing bay window and further walk-in Bay with French doors and accompanying windows, which together sweeps in lots of light, giving a real feeling of space to the room.
The feature Fireplace incorporates a Victorian style cast-iron fire with a carved wood surround and marble hearth.
A nifty built-in cupboard in the bay provides useful storage and the dado rail and picture rail, along with ornate coving, gives a polite nod to its 1930s origins.
STUDY/SITTING ROOM 11ft 9' x 10ft 3' (3.6m x 3.1m)
Another original room brimming with character as it retains its picture and dado rails, a pretty front facing bay window and a ‘Briquette' open Fireplace with fitted shelving to the left.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 22ft 2' x 13ft (6.8m x 4m)
A chef's haven, this beautiful, custom-made luxury kitchen by 'Teddys of Ingatestone' features striking textured ‘stone finish' units including a central Island unit, with the Breakfast Bar formed from the complimenting Corian© worktops, all blending to give a bold and rustic, yet über modern look.
Enjoy the luxury of authentic Italian espressos and creamy cappuccinos from the built-in 'iQ700' Siemens Coffee Centre, one of a host of Siemens appliances incorporated within this dream cooking space, these briefly comprising twin iQ700 Ovens (one a Steam oven the other a Combination Oven/Microwave), iQ500 Black glass five burner Gas Hob with an integrated Extractor above and an iQ300 60/40 A++ rated Fridge/Freezer.
Further specification includes a Capel wine cooler, Franke Omni 4-in-1 instant Boiling Water Filter Kitchen Mixer Tap (filtered hot and cold water and an instant supply of boiling water), Thermonet Vario Underfloor Heating and a bank of full height cupboards giving maximum storage.
Finishing touches include beautiful large stone effect ‘Norwich Marengo' matt Porcelain floor tiles, wiring for a wall mounted TV, space for a full-size dining table and chairs and inset down lighting within the smooth plastered ceiling.
A set of sliding patio doors open out to the large secluded block paved patio, for summertime alfresco dining and a rear facing window flows in additional light over the moulded Corian sink.
1st FLOOR LANDING.
A skylight throws light down the stairwell and a built-in cupboard provides useful linen storage.
MASTER BEDROOM 21ft x 12ft 10' (6.4m x 3.9m)
Feature wallpaper adds a splash of colour to this good size principal bedroom which has its own private ensuite shower room.
Four windows ensure plenty of light.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM 6ft 8' x 4ft 5' excluding the shower recess (2m x 1.35m)
Also fitted by Teddys of Ingatestone, this luxury shower room features an Italian white gloss ‘Keramag' wall hung Vanity cabinet, back-to-wall WC with a Geberit pushbutton flush and the shower recess features a handcrafted Aqata 'ClearShield ECO-GLASS™' shatterproof Showerscreen.
Twin skylight windows provide plenty of natural daylight and a chrome towel radiator and attractive ceramic tiling provides the finishing touch.
BEDROOM TWO 16ft 9' x 10ft 9' (5.1m x 3.3m)
Nearly 17ft long, this large double bedroom has a front facing dormer window and twin side facing windows.
BEDROOM THREE 13ft 5' x 12ft 1' (4.1m x 3.7m)
Full of personality, this double bedroom features a rather impressive 11ft high vaulted ceiling with exposed beam work.
There is both a front facing window and a side facing skylight and a built-in cupboard provides useful storage.
BEDROOM FOUR 14ft 2' x 11ft (4.3m x 3.4m)
Dual aspect, this room enjoys a pleasant rear outlook through both the rear AND side windows.
This room has also been very nicely decorated with silver damask wallpaper picking up well with the modern grey carpet. A built-in cupboard provides useful additional storage.
BATHROOM 9ft 8' x 5ft 5' (2.9m x 1.7m)
The ultimate in luxury. take a long soak in the deep and spacious ‘Landmark' Stonecast Freestanding ‘Touchstone' Gunmetal Grey Bath with its accompanying freestanding Waterfall Tap. The centrepiece of the bathroom, this beautiful bath is made from thermally efficient single cast Touchstone™.
In addition, the wide, textured finish, wall hung vanity unit provides a further focal point and with further specification includes the close coupled WC, attractive ceramic tiling, white heated towel rail and inset downlighting.
A rear facing window provides plenty of natural light.
EXTERIOR - FRONT
Being setback some 70ft from the main road gives the property a sea of parking, with a wide set of double gates to the right flank swinging open to reveal a continuation of the block paved drive, running up to and around the detached garage/workshop, and along down the majority of the garden.
EXTERIOR - GARDEN 268ft x 75ft (82m x 23m)
Enjoy and make the most of summer afternoons and evenings on the large and secluded 26ft x 23ft (7.9m x 7m) block paved patio. Perfect for entertaining and an outside room itself in the Summer months.
The balance of the west facing garden is mainly lawn along with a small orchard at the bottom of the garden and the two aforementioned outbuildings.
GARAGE/WORKSHOP 36ft x 12ft 9' (11m x 3.9m)
PLANNING PASSED IN 2016 TO CONVERT IT TO AN ANNEXE
Presently this large workshop has tall metal Henderson folding shutter doors at either end, four double glazed windows, a pitched roof, a separate fuse box for the electricity/lighting, a fitted alarm (not tested) and a large fitted workbench.
The plans passed were for a Porch extension to be added, with the internal accommodation arranged as an internal Hall off the new Porch, an open plan Lounge and kitchen with a bi-folding door system, bedroom and separate full-size bathroom.
2nd OUTBUILDING 17ft 5' x 9ft 10ft 7' (5.3m x 2.74m) 3.2m)
This additional timber Outbuilding is presently used as an Artist's Studio. The 10ft 7' (3.2m) high vaulted ceiling has twin sky lights flooding down light, in addition to the three main double-glazed windows.
NEW DOUBLE GARAGE
There were also plans passed in 2016 to build a new Double Garage to the front, at a right angle to the main house.
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.