- Appearances can be deceiving- this is an incredibly spacious 5 bedrm Detached, spread over 3 floors
- Semi-rural location with fields across the road and a Bridleway literally a stones throw away
- Pleasant 5 minute walk through the field path to the local Burstead Farm Shop
- 3 Car Drive plus attached Garage too
- Ground Floor: Hall, WC Room, big L-Shaped Lounge/Diner, 19ft Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- This property enjoys all the convenience of a suburban location with added Countryside opposite
- Catchment for the "Outstanding" OFSTED Rated Quilters Infants & Junior Schools
- 1 mile stroll from Billericay High Street
- Choice of 2 enclosed gardens!
- Upstairs: 3 Bedrooms, Ensuite & Bathroom on 1st Floor, 2 further bedrooms on the Top Floor
Appearances can be deceiving. With accommodation spread over three floors, this incredibly spacious, 5-Bedroom Detached House enjoys all the convenience of a suburban location with added countryside, as it boasts a semi-rural location with open fields to the front.
If education is a high priority then you may like to know the property falls within the catchment for both Quilters Infants & Junior Schools, both flourishing `Outstanding` OFSTED ratings.
Wiggins Lane is surrounded by open country, with farmland at one end and woods and the Bridleway the other, literally a stone`s throw away from this particular house. A pleasant walk through the nearby field will take you to the Burstead Farm shop and a walk through the woods will take you to Little Burstead and the local village pub, the Dukes Head.
Although the property is located on the edge of Billericay and therefore benefits from the peaceful setting, the town, the train station, and all its amenities are still within walking distance. e.g. The High Street is just a 1-mile stroll using the little-known short-cut from West Ridge, which takes you past the Side Entrance to Quilters Infants and Junior Schools, the Emmanuel Church and onto Laindon Road and then the north end of the High Street.
With grounds to the East, South and West, the property appreciates a choice of two private garden areas as well as the front lawn, and the swathe of Driveway parking in addition to the attached Garage and lots of local street parking means room for as many visitors as you want!
The property itself has a Hall with no less than 3 storage cupboards, a ground floor WC Room (big enough that it could be a shower room), a great L-Shape Lounge/Diner and a 19ft Kitchen/Breakfast Room with built-in Pantry to the ground floor. Up on the first are three Bedrooms, an Ensuite Shower Room and the main Family Bathroom. Up a further flight of stairs are the two top floor Attic Rooms - both good sizes, one particularly large.
The windows are double glazed, there is Gas Central Heating and a rather swish Mobile phone-controlled Alarm & CCTV system for complete peace of mind when you`re out or away...or when the kids are on their own!
With attractive wood flooring, the Hall boasts a very large under stairs cupboard, a smaller under stairs cupboard and a further built in cloaks cupboard to. The ceiling has a smooth plastered finish, as found throughout the home and in one of the cupboards is the control pad for the alarm.: more on that later.
GROUND FLOOR WC ROOM
We understand from the owner that this was previously a small shower room and it is easy to see how a shower cubicle could be re-instated if desired.
At present it provides a large ground floor loo, with plenty of room for the close coupled WC and wall mounted hand wash basin.
Light oak effect laminate flooring and inset downlighting completes the look, and a side facing window provides natural light.
LOUNGE. 22ft 10` x 15ft 4` narrowing to 12ft (7m x 4.7m max)
You`ll want to invite friends over all the time with this oversized L-shaped lounge diner, which enjoys plenty of light courtesy of a front window and a set of Double doors, with accompanying full height side windows, which open out to one of the gardens.
Four wall lights provide plenty of evening light.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM. 19ft 5` x 10ft 5` narrowing to 9ft 6` (5.9m x 3.2m)
Extended in the past, this provides now a great social area with the kitchen units up one end and a projecting peninsular unit providing separation to the breakfasting area, which is notably big enough to take a full-size dining table.
Maple wood effect Shaker style kitchen units incorporate a large space for a range cooker with a stainless-steel chimney extractor hood above, and an integrated dishwasher and washing machine. A further matching cupboard houses the ‘Logic+` 3-year-old combination boiler.
Light flows in through the rear and side windows and a part glazed back door with accompanying window leading out to the second garden.
Attractive would effect flooring company complements the units and a built-in larder cupboard. provides additional handy storage.
1st FLOOR LANDING
Lit by two tall windows the light and bright stairwell ascends to the first-floor landing with doors off to:
MASTER BEDROOM. 12ft x 11ft 10" (3.7m x 3.2m)
This large double bedroom is lit by a set of sliding patio doors opening out to a flat roof. We wonder whether this could be altered into a small balcony.
BEDROOM TWO. 11ft 10" x 10ft 6" (3.7m x 3.2m)
As this bedroom enjoys super farmland views, the current owner uses this as their master bedroom.
The wide front facing window floods in light and gives an almost panoramic view.
The comprehensive pale Maplewood effect wardrobes are in fact freestanding but will be remaining.
BEDROOM THREE. 8ft 7" x 7ft 3" (2.6m x 2.2m)
Originally a bigger bedroom which had a metre-wide strip separated off, to create an Ensuite shower room.
Having internal doors from both the landing and the master bedroom adjacent, lends this room to become an Ensuite Dressing Room or Nursery very easily.
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM. 8ft 6" x 2ft 10"
Stylish and modern, this fully tiled Ensuite features a white gloss vanity unit with top mounted sink, a close coupled WC and shower cubicle with a Triton T80 electric shower. There is a chrome towel radiator and inset downlighting too.
MAIN BATHROOM. 7ft 5" x 5ft 5" (2.3m x 1.7m)
Another well-appointed modern bathroom featuring a wide, white gloss vanity unit with semi recessed basin, close coupled WC and the bath has a separate shower over.
Fully tiled, there is also a chrome towel radiator and inset downlighting.
The good size side facing window gives lots of natural light
Back out on the landing and a flight of stairs ascending to the top floor to bedrooms.
BEDROOM FOUR. 12ft 1" x 8ft 10" (3.7m x 2.7m)
With a side facing window within the Gable, this generous double bedroom features a large eaves recess, built-in cupboard and a vanity unit with inset sink.
BEDROOM FIVE. 12ft 4` x 7ft 10" (3.8m x 2.4m)
The perfect complement to the fourth bedroom to give an ideal teenage top floor suite, it of course can also stand alone as an ample single bedroom. We noted pleasant distant views across the rooftops through the side window.
The recently installed wireless `ProControl+` Alarm system, combines CCTV and an Intrusion system providing complete peace of mind. The clever Wi-Fi camera range and ProControl+ Smart device apps (available on both Apple and Google Play) gives a surprising ease of use.
Being set well back from the main road gives a large front lawn, which is retained from the path by modern low height fencing.
Retained by fencing, this enclosed garden has a decked seating area with the decking extending along part of the garden, the balance laid to lawn with (now covered) an adjacent vegetable patch.
This fully enclosed Sun Trap has been landscaped with low maintenance in mind, the block paving which extends down the side having been put down last year.
(We noted that the two top windows of the house behind are obscure glass).
GARAGE 16ft 5" x 8ft 9" (5m x 2.7m)
This secure area has an up and over door and a courtesy door from the rear garden too.
BLOCK PAVED DRIVEWAY 31ft 6" narrowing to 26ft x 23ft
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.