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- Four Double Bedroom Semi-Detached Villa
- Victorian Period Home Modernised Internally
- Wealth Of Original Character Features
- Versatile Accommodation Over Three Storeys
- Located 0.7 Miles From Burgess Hill Station
This extremely charming and well-appointed four double bedroom semi-detached bay-fronted villa is believed to have been built in the Victorian period, being located in Gloucester Road, an established residential location. The property, which enjoys far reaching views over to the South Downs, is pleasantly situated in this quiet road which is located within very convenient access of all the amenities provided by Burgess Hill town centre.
This warm and inviting home, which benefits from a loft conversion carried out previous to the current incumbent, is superbly positioned just over half a mile from Burgess Hill station, providing fast and frequent services to London in the north and Brighton on the south coast. The Gattons Infant School and Southway Junior School, mixed gender education centres for those aged between five and seven, and seven and eleven years of age respectively, are both accessible via the nearby Royal George Road, the former of which was rated 'outstanding' in the latest Ofsted ranking. Also located within short walking distance is St. John's Park recreation ground, a green space that covers an area of just over one hectare and offers a range of activities from quiet seating areas, a skate park, a children's playground, a cricket green and pavilion, and tennis courts. The A23 bypass to the west of the town that joins south of the A273 and merges into the M23, is reachable comfortably within a ten minute drive.
This generously-proportioned dwelling currently offers well in excess of fourteen-hundred square feet of versatile accommodation arranged over three storeys. Being fashioned in a traditional style of red brick underneath a tiled roof, the property offers the possibility to be utilised as a multiple generational family dwelling, suitable for those with elderly parents or 'grown up' children. The versatility of the home is emphasised by the loft rooms on the second floor, which although presently arranged as third and fourth bedrooms, could be alternatively utilised as a home office, a children's playroom, or a nursery, respectively. If required, the shower room on the first floor could be converted to an en suite servicing the second bedroom, whilst there is ample space to create an en suite in the eaves on the second floor, subject to the necessary planning permission. Precedent has been set by many of the neighbouring properties to drop the kerb to the front of the home, remove the low level retaining brick wall, and utilise the front garden as a dedicated off road parking area.
The property has been significantly and tastefully upgraded by the current owner who has carried out a vast range of improvements during her time in occupancy since 2007, including the installation of a 'Worcester Greenstar' boiler in the utility room in 2014, and laying new carpets to all principal rooms, staircases, and landings in 2015. There are still examples of the original period features throughout, evidenced by the authentic solid wood entrance door, the feature cast iron fireplace with tiled insets in the lounge and the open brick fireplace with pine surround in the dining room, the stripped wooden flooring in the dining room, the central ceiling roses in the lounge and the dining room, the cornices, coving, and high skirting boards in the majority of the rooms, and by the mixture of dado and picture rails in the entrance hall, the lounge, the dining room, the bathroom, and both bedrooms on the first floor. The home has smooth ceilings throughout, double glazing to the windows in the majority of the rooms, with gas fired central heating provided to modern radiators. Stripped wooden doors with brass ironmongery service every room on the ground and first floors, whilst there is a mixture of fitted curtains and blinds to most of the windows. Engineered wooden flooring has been laid in the kitchen, and there is wooden parquet style flooring in the bathroom. The electricity fuse board is located in a fitted cupboard in the entrance hall, both the electricity and the gas meters are positioned in a fitted box in the front garden, whilst the water meter can also be found just outside the front of the property. Extra security is provided by a fully fitted smoke alarm system.
Outside, the property is approached via a cast iron swing gate to the front garden, which is mainly laid to lawn with a brick laid pathway and steps up to the covered storm porch where primary access to the property is admitted. To the right hand side of the property, there is a much wider-than-average wooden access gate that leads to the rear garden, a level space that measures approximately fifty-four feet in length by twenty-two feet in width. This space is privately enclosed by wooden fencing to both sides and the rear, whilst having a block paved stone patio that abuts the immediate right hand side and rear of the property, as well as a generous expanse of lawn that accommodates enough room for a galvanised storage shed, a children's trampoline, and an outside dining table and chairs. Furthermore, there are two useful outside water taps, space for a log store, and a fitted basketball hoop.
The ground floor opens into a spacious entrance hall with a carpeted staircase enclosed by a painted wooden balustrade that rises to the first floor landing and a useful storage area under with a fitted coats peg, with doors to the lounge and the dining room, and a doorway through to the kitchen. The primary reception space to the front of the home has ample space for various seating furniture around the fireplace, with a television point in the corner of the room, whilst being bathed in natural light by the large window overlooking the front garden. The secondary reception space has two fitted storage cupboards incorporated to the right hand side of the chimney breast, whilst enjoying an outlook upon the rear garden. The kitchen has a range of matching cream wall and base mounted units incorporating various cupboards and drawers under wood effect laminate surfaces and decoratively tiled splash backs, with a range cooker neatly accommodated within the chimney breast, a ceramic sink with chrome mixer tap and half bowl with drainer, space for a slim line dish washer, space for a free standing fridge freezer, a wooden stable door to the side providing further access to the rear garden, and a door leading to the utility room. The utility room itself has a wood effect laminate work surface over plumbing and space for a washing machine and a tumble dryer, a wall mounted ceramic 'butler' style sink, and space for a further free standing fridge freezer.
The first floor has a split level landing with a further carpeted staircase enclosed by a painted wooden balustrade that rises to the second floor landing, below which is the airing cupboard where the immersion tank is located, as well as doors to the bathroom, the shower room, and the two principal bedrooms. The bathroom has been fashioned in a classic style, with a vanity unit incorporating a double door cabinet below a sink, a low level lavatory, a panel enclosed bath with tiled surrounds and a handset style shower attachment, and chrome fitments including a toilet roll holder, a towel ring, and a towel rail. The shower room, which nicely compliments the larger bathroom, has a pedestal wash hand basin, a low level lavatory, and a fitted chrome toilet roll holder, but also includes a tiled cubicle enclosed by a folding glass screen that houses a mains fed shower. Both the master bedroom, which enjoys a sunny outlook upon the front of the home, and the second bedroom, which overlooks the peaceful rear garden, have two fitted double door wardrobes either side of the chimney breasts.
The second floor has a landing with an access hatch to the loft space, and doors to the third and fourth bedrooms. The third bedroom has a useful fitted eaves storage cupboard, whilst the fourth bedroom basks in a sunny dual aspect from two sky light roof windows to the front and a further original sash window to the side.