Old Farm Court, Billericay

Price £192,500 - Under Offer


  • Self contained, Ground floor 1 Bedroom Maisonette in popular Retirement development for the over 55"
  • Back door in Kitchen opens straight out to the Rear Communal Garden - perfect during Summer
  • Queens Park Shopping Centre around the corner including a Co-Op, Chemist & Doctors Surgery
  • Excellent local Bus Service to the High Street, Station & surrounding areas
  • Hall with 2 cupboards (one huge), Lounge, Kitchen, Double Bedroom & Bathroom refitted as a Shower Rm
  • NO ONWARD CHAIN
  • Handy local "Premier" Convenience Store, Hairdressers & Fish & Chip Shop opposite the development
  • Short walk to Lake Meadows Park with its 40 acres of Parkland, large Fishing Lake & nice Cafe
  • 0.6 Mile walk to Billericay Railway Station (London Liverpool Street in 35 minutes)
  • Residents Parking. Communal residents lounge. Well tendered communal grounds

With NO ONWARD CHAIN, this GROUND FLOOR Maisonette has a `back door` in the long Kitchen/Breakfast Room which opens out to the private Rear Communal Garden - perfect to enjoy the sunshine outside during the warm Summer months.

This fully self-contained, Retirement Flat is exclusively available for tenants who are 55 years old, or over, and is very conveniently located close to the local Queens Park Shopping Centre which includes a large Co-Op Supermarket, Boots Chemist and a Doctors Surgery. Literally across the road is a local `Premier` Convenience Store supplying the everyday essentials, a Hairdressers and a super Fish & Chip Shop.

Just a short walk away is Lake Meadows Park with 40 acres of parkland, a large fishing lake, a pitch and putt golf course and a nice cafe which is open from April to October.

Bus Stops a-plenty in the area, take you to Billericay Town Centre & the Railway Station too.

The property has its` own street `Stable` style front door (lovely in summer for a through breeze) which opens to a long Hall with two built-in cupboards, one especially large providing fabulous storage

The balance of the accommodation is presented in neutral colours and comprises a Lounge adjacent to the equally long fitted Kitchen, fine size Double Bedroom and the Bathroom has been re-fitted out as a Shower Room.

For peace of mind, bright orange Emergency pull chords contact the Warden or a `Careline` service, if urgent help or support is required.

Externally there is private Residents Parking and being a Retirement Complex there is a separate Building housing the Residents Lounge for social gatherings and there is an on-site Warden available 9am - 2pm.

Keys are held for an immediate, hassle free viewing.


The Accommodation:


HALL 14ft 9` x 6ft max (4.5m x 1.8m)

A nice size hallway opening up at the end to a 6ft+ square area, with two built-in cupboards; one the airing cupboard housing the Economy 7 immersion heater/hot water cylinder, the other a huge cupboard extending under the stairs that rise to the flat above.

New carpet extends into the lounge and a Dimplex Storage Heater provides a warm winter welcome.

On the wall is a `Tynetec` Warden Call System, connecting through to the Warden or if they are unavailable, a very good Careline service for urgent help - bright orange pull chords hang in the Lounge, Bedroom & Bathroom.


LOUNGE 13ft 9` x 11ft 10` (4.2m x 3.6m)

A wide rear facing window overlooks the communal garden behind, with this good size living room fitted with waist height sockets for ease-of-use, 2 Dimplex storage heaters and a TV aerial socket.


KITCHEN 13ft 9` x 6ft 10` (4.2m x 2.1m)

Being quite long, many owners of these flats put a small breakfast table along the right wall, particularly pleasant during the warm Summer months with the upvc `back door` wide open and looking out to the Communal Garden where it enjoys direct access.

An extensive range of White Gloss kitchen units extend along two walls with the matching white, freestanding `Flavel Milano` easy-to-clean=ceramic Electric Cooker (Fan Oven with separate Grill & 4-ring Hob), the Hoover Link `One Touch` Washing Machine and a freestanding Fridge/Freezer all to remain if desired.

There is also a Dimplex wall mounted heater and attractive wood effect vinyl flooring.


BEDROOM 11ft 6` x 11ft 4` (3.5m x 3.5m)

A fine size double bedroom with a front facing window and Dimplex storage heater.


BATHROOM 8ft 8` x 6ft 6` max (2.6m x 2m max)

Refitted as a more user-friendly Shower room complete with wash basin with pedestal, close coupled WC and large shower cubicle with a rather swish `Grohe Tempesta` electric shower with a DreamSpray® nozzle for a strong, evenly dispersed water flow.

Finishing specification includes modern ceramic tiling (smart grey non-slip ones to the floor), an extractor fan, Honeywell wall mounted heater and useful grab rails.


EXTERIOR

Just under 1 acre, the development was built in the late 1980`s by A C Butt and has been very well looked after since, the communal gardens well tendered and a central Car Park for the residents.

One of the flats discreetly houses the Communal Lounge and the Managers office.


LEASE 99 years from 1988


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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.
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