About this property:
Set well back from the road behind a dwarf wall and shrub borders, this charming, detached family home stands out from its neighbours. With its black and white frontage, leaded light bay windows and steps up to the attractive Tudor style wood front door, it oozes charm and character even before you cross the threshold. Originally built in 1929 it has been extended and tastefully modernised over the years and now offers everything needed for contemporary living, interspersed with delightful internal period features including stained glass windows, bay windows, fireplaces, ceiling cornices and central light roses.
The porch includes a large storage cupboard and leads to the welcoming hall with its original staircase and downstairs cloakroom as well as access to all the main rooms on the ground floor. There is a spacious family room with wood flooring, French doors to the terrace, two stained glass windows and an open cast iron fireplace with a stone surround to cosy up to on a cold winter's evening. The elegant lounge is ideal for more formal occasions and also includes wood flooring and a fireplace with a gas fire as well as a ceiling rose, two charming stained-glass windows and a wide bay window providing plenty of natural light.
Any discerning cook will be delighted with the light and bright kitchen and dining area with its French doors to the terrace and a large skylight complimenting the raft of cream units housing a built in oven, microwave, hob, dishwasher and fridge freezer. The kitchen has direct access to the adjacent fitted utility room with a back door to the garden and a door to a storage room, which was the former garage, while in the dining area there is access to both the family room and the study that also has French doors to the terrace.
The staircase leads past a superb stained-glass window to the spacious galleried landing where you will find the family bathroom and four bedrooms. These include three doubles with one having an en-suite shower room, another has a walk-in wardrobe while the third incorporates a wall of built in cupboards and fitted bedroom furniture. The single room is currently laid out as an office where you can sit at your desk in front of a lovely bay window which looks out over the rooftops to the forest. On the second floor there is another small stained glass window and a double bedroom under a vaulted ceiling with a large Velux window and an en-suite shower room.
What the owner says:
We bought this house some 28 years ago when our children were very young. It is a very safe home for young children and is in a quiet road yet close to the station and the shops. As the children got older it was easy for them to get on the bus and it is only seven minutes' walk to the tube station or to Epping Forest for a walk or a cycle ride. Our very good and local high school Roding Valley is only two minutes' walk away. However the family have now 'flown the nest' and we feel it is time for us to downsize.
Loughton is a charming town with plenty of pubs, restaurants and independent shops as well as sports and entertainment including the Loughton Leisure Centre with a large indoor swimming pool. There are a wide selection of schools in the area including Roding Valley High School, Hereward Primary and Debden Park High School, both rated Outstanding by Ofsted as well as very good independent schools. The town is on the London Underground's Central Line that can whisk you to Stratford in approximately 20 minutes and Liverpool Street in about half an hour, so is ideal for commuters wanting to travel to the City or the West End. As far as road travel is concerned it is only 10 minutes drive to the M11 (S) and the M25.