A beautifully presented two-bedroom period house with a bright low-maintenance garden in a convenient location for Penge, Crystal Palace, South Norwood & Beckenham. Offered in fantastic condition and with a great distribution of space, it also offers scope to extend (stpp) into the loft and at the rear and is positioned near an Ofsted Outstanding Primary School (Stewart Fleming).
Quite incredibly, this home has been in the same family since it was built, passed down from generation to generation it’s been lovingly cared for by the same family for well over a hundred years! Blending modern conveniences with period charm (just look at the glass around the front door!), it has been well designed, but also has a brilliant distribution of space, with no real feeling of compromise in any of the rooms.
On the ground floor, there is a separate reception room at the front, which is rich with charming period features, there’s original cornicing and a stunning ceiling rose which serve as pretty reminders of the era the house was built in, but the double glazing, plantation shutters, wood floors and the integrated entertainment unit are lovely modern touches that have been well thought out and executed. It’s also an incredibly bright room from late morning/early afternoon through to sunset owing to its southwest aspect.
At the back of the house is the kitchen/diner, which leads onto the garden. The kitchen is arranged in a horseshoe shape, which offers masses of worktop space and provides loads of storage. The kitchen could be reconfigured if desired and the wall next to the sink is hollow and partitioning, so there is the potential to shorten it and open up the space more, (there may be a soil pipe in there that may still need to be boxed in). The dining space allows for a decent-sized dining table, or if the space were to be rejigged and a new kitchen fitted it would be a fab space for a big kitchen island.
Moving upstairs, there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom, the bathroom and second bedroom have an eastern aspect, making them beautifully bright in the morning. The master bedroom is at the front of the house and has two large double-glazed windows and plantation shutters, there’s a large built-in wardrobe which and space for more to be built-in either side of the chimney breast if needed. The bathroom is well finished with a rain shower over a “shower bath” allowing for plenty of space when showering but with full use of a generous-sized bath, the walls and floors are all completely tiled which adds a touch of class and luxury to the bathroom.
The garden gets fantastic light, and in the summer when the sun is higher in the sky it gets the southern and western sun at the end of the garden. The lawn will never be a chore as it’s astroturf, so will only need the occasional sweep and immediately off the house is a low-maintenance patio. There’s also a useful brick shed, which would have likely once been an outdoor loo, now a useful store which is useful for tools, bikes, etc.
Location-wise, the house is located in the Bromley borough and is 0.7 mi from Norwood Junction which is a very popular station (14 mins walk away according to Google Maps) that provides a fast and convenient link to London Bridge, the direct train is only one stop and takes only 13 minutes, there is also a London Bridge via Crystal Palace route which stops at Gipsy Hill, West Norwood, Herne Hill, East Dulwich & Peckham, which is nice for weekends and evenings out.
It’s 0.8 mi from Anerley Station (a 12 min walk according to Google Maps), with frequent trains to London Bridge and West Croydon, as well as Dalston on the overland which also takes you into Shoreditch.
Birkbeck Station is 0.5 mi away (an 11 min walk according to Google Maps) with a tram every ten minutes, that takes you into Beckenham Junction or East Croydon in the opposite direction. Beckenham Junction Station opens up a direct link to both London Bridge & Victoria. Elmers End Station is a mile away and offers another Tram link and also a direct connection to Charing Cross.
Elmers End also has a large Tesco Supermarket, and just before Elmers End is South Norwood Country Park which offers 125 acres of parkland, wetlands and meadow, great for dog walking and exercising.The local schools are very sought after, with the most popular one being Stuart Fleming which is rated outstanding.
Crystal Palace is nearby with its array of restaurants, bars and gastropubs, not to mention it’s fabulous coffee shops. South Norwood has a growing foodie scene too, which is varied and of course, Beckenham is also within very easy reach and has an incredibly diverse selection of restaurants to choose from.