Park Lodge, Billericay

Price £180,000 - Available


  • Ground floor Retirement Flat in the sought after Park Lodge development
  • Shopping bags swing from Queens Park Shopping Centre and its Co-op Supermarket
  • Hall with big walk-in Store Room
  • Kitchen with built-in Oven & Hob and new vinyl flooring
  • Bathroom currently arranged as a Shower Room
  • Sunny, private South-West facing Patio
  • Bus Stop outside takes you to the High Street, Station and neighbouring Towns
  • 19ft Lounge with door opening out to the private Patio within the communal grounds
  • Double Bedroom with built-in triple wardrobe
  • Communal facilities include two Resident Lounges & House Manager with "Careline" backup

A GROUND FLOOR Apartment BOASTING ITS OWN PRIVATE SOUTH-WEST FACING PATIO within the landscaped, communal gardens of this exceptionally popular development designed for those over 55, seeking a secure and manageable home in their retirement.

A small local shopping centre which includes a Co-op Supermarket is adjacent and a Bus Stop just outside the development gives easy access to the High Street and surrounding towns.

This particular apartment has good size accommodation which includes a large walk-in Storeroom off the Hall, a bright and airy 18ft Lounge, Kitchen with built-in Hob & Oven, Double Bedroom with built-in triple wardrobe and a Bathroom fitted out as a Shower Room.

The development has a well-used Residents Lounge, Launderette, Hair Dressing Salon and a 'Resident Manager'. Plus, when the Manager is not on duty, a Care-call system ensures that help is always at hand should it ever be required.


The Accommodation of this particular Flat:


HALL

Freshly repainted and with brand-new carpet, as found throughout the flat.

A wall mounted Tunstall Door Entry & Alarm System gives you two-way speech communication between you and the House Manager (or Careline is the House Manager is off-duty) and also acts as a link to the main entrance door to let visitors in.


STORE ROOM 5ft 4" x 4ft 4" (1.6m x 1.3m)

A superb storage facility housing two water tanks; the Economy 7 Hot water cylinder and a cold water tank


SUNNY SOUTH FACING LOUNGE 18ft x 9ft 9" (5.5m x 3m)

The 'back door' opens out to a private paved Patio approximately 12ft x 8ft.


KITCHEN 8ft 5" x 5ft 9" (2.6m x 1.75m)

Fitted with a range of Cream Shaker style kitchen units incorporating an AEG electric hob with matching Multifunction Oven/Grill below and integrated extractor above.

There is a space for a freestanding Fridge/Freezer and an under counter recess for a further appliance.

A good size rear window overlooks the patio and new vinyl flooring has just been laid.


SUNNY BEDROOM 11ft 6" x 8ft 7" (3.5m x 2.6m)

Also overlooking the communal garden, this double bedroom has a Dimplex Storage Radiator and the measurements exclude a built-in triple wardrobe.


BATHROOM 6ft 1" x 5ft 6" (1.85m x 1.7m)

Refitted as a shower room, the large Shower measuring 3ft 10" x 2ft 5" (1.8m x 0.7m)

There is also a basin with pedestal, back-to-wall WC with a concealed cistern, the walls are all tiled, there's a light over the sink incorporating a shaver socket and a modern bathroom cabinet.


PARK LODGE

Built by Wimpey Retirement Homes, the development comprises 79 one and two bedroom apartments arranged over 2 floors, the upper floor serviced by lifts.

The complex is set within its own landscaped grounds with parking available for visitors' courtesy of two car parks, the main car park to the front with a further small car park located at the rear of the development.

There is also guest accommodation available which can be used by prior arrangement for overnight stays of friends or relatives.


RESIDENTS LOUNGE

Two separate areas, the 'Garden Lounge' and a smaller lounge which opens into a Conservatory overlooking the inner Courtyard Gardens.

There is also a 2nd First Floor Residents Lounge, which is currently used as a games room.


WARDEN CONTROLLED

Emergency alarm pull-cords are located throughout the apartment. Pulling the cord will immediately alert the House Manager to your need for help. In addition, there is a neck pendant alarm button which does the same job.

When the House Manager is off-duty the system is linked to an emergency 24 hour response unit. Either in person, or through the alarm intercom, you can be sure there will always be someone available in the event of an emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.


LEASE

Subject to confirmation via the Solicitors, we understand the lease to be 99 years from 1983. The current service charge is approx. £177 per calendar month (subject to confirmation by solicitors) and includes the maintenance of the grounds, the warden service and associated 24hr emergency careline costs, buildings insurance and water rates. There is also an annual Ground Rent charge of £75.


LOCATION

Adjacent to Park Lodge is the Queens Park 'Pantiles' Shopping Centre which provides most everyday needs. Shops include a Co-Op supermarket, Boots the Chemist, Florist, Dry cleaners and a Pet shop. There is also a doctor's surgery, Dentist and Opticians.

The 'NIBS' bus stop outside the development provides a regular bus service to the High Street & nearby Towns.


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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.
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