4 Bedroom House For Sale
A scrumptiously enhanced, heavenly home dripping with original features. Four double bedrooms, one bath, two showers, kitchen-diner, sitting room, cellar, off-street parking and a 100ft south-facing garden. Near parks, schools, Lordship Lane and Forest Hill.
Exquisitely lovely homes should always be viewed. This Victorian villa has a unique profile along Belvoir Road, which has an unusual range of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Not only is this home large enough for families (2060 square feet), its layout should ensure far less squabbles (ahem). This could arguably be the house you're less likely to argue in!
The kitchen has a contemporary, wood-clad dining room attached that opens out to the garden terrace, so there's heaps of eating space. Film-watchers can find sanctuary in the sitting room at the front of the house, away from the main action. Students or home-workers can bed down with books in the (sizeable) study and pop outside for breathers through the French doors. Getting ready in the morning should go well: there's a first-floor shower room, a second-floor bathroom and an en suite shower in the first-floor rear bedroom. This might be your favourite bedroom-French doors open to the original wrought-iron veranda that hangs over the garden. There isn't a bad bedroom here at all, so no 'short-straw' upsets either. All are doubles, beautifully turned-out and have stripped floorboards. Look out for original features such as fireplaces, coving, ceiling roses and picture rails. The attic room has wall-to-wall floating shelves while there's a hallway cupboard on the landing and a walk-in storage area.
Being 100ft and south-facing sounds impressive enough but the landscaping in the garden is divine. There's an upper stone terrace that steps down to seating between giant built-in planters, before stepping down again to a wonderfully lush lawn. Borders have been creatively stuffed with architectural plants (artichokes, a mature fern and grasses), a young mimosa, verbena, hydrangea and a large passion flower spilling over trellis. The garden has lighting installed in to the ground and around the fire pit for magical summer evenings. It is also irrigated and has an electric cable already laid should someone want to add a studio at the bottom.
Forest Hill station is a 15-minute walk for trains (London Bridge and Victoria) and London Overground links (Canada Water, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Dalston Junction and Highbury & Islington). There's a Sainsbury's supermarket, two delicatessens, a modern leisure centre with a pool, three developments of artists' studios and excellent bars, cafés and restaurants. You can reach the centre of East Dulwich by bus in five minutes or walk in 15-20. The range of bars, restaurants, shops, boutiques and markets is superb and there are exemplary independents. There's also a large gym, a Picturehouse cinema, a Co-operative supermarket and a library.
Lovers of nature are in luck: Horniman Museum and Gardens is an eight-minute walk while Dulwich Park and Sydenham Woods are just five each. On the other side of the Park is Dulwich Village with its boutiques, eateries, superb pub and Dulwich Picture Gallery. A small parade of shops around the corner include a newsagent, florist, vet, beautician and a tapas bar.
Local primary schools include Horniman and Goodrich (both Ofsted 'good') while older kids can apply to Kingsdale, The Forest School, The Sydenham School or either Harris academy at Peckham Rye (both 'outstanding').
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