A beautiful and spacious five bedroom house built circa 1900 by the well known and much loved Forest Hill based master builder, Mr Edward Christmas. This property is a monument to his art and talent with gorgeous pine architrave, panelling, fire surrounds and door frames throughout the house.
The house is set back from the road by a pretty and sweet smelling garden and only 10 minutes walk from Forest Hill station and fast trains to London Bridge. Once you’re in you’ll never want to leave - spread out over three floors with five double bedrooms, two reception rooms, bath, shower and utility rooms, and a large kitchen too.
The proportions are some of the best we’ve seen. A vast entrance hall welcomes you with original tiled floor, stained glass detail and divine fretwork (that is found throughout the property). Off to the left are two massive reception rooms (check out the skilled carpentry around the doors) where stripped floor boards lie underfoot. Double doors separate the two rooms and both have bay windows. To the front, sash windows sit with street views whilst to the rear, a back door opens to the garden. Lovely fireplaces sit handsomely in each room.
Straight ahead from the hall is the large kitchen which is mainly free-standing with a large range oven framed with smart white brick tiling, and a hand-built and painted unit which holds a Butler sink under the large sash window. A utility room is accessed from the kitchen and off the other side is a handy shower room with separate w.c. The garden has some beautiful blooming plants and has been well-maintained for its 100 or so years of life. There’s a large lawn and a handy shed too.
As you ascend to the first floor, three pretty stained glass windows lead you up. Two huge bedrooms sit above the reception rooms; both with bays and again, impressive fireplaces. Two further double bedrooms sit to the front and rear. Interconnecting doors are a lovely touch to a family house, and these connect three of the bedrooms on this floor. A family bathroom is on this floor with white suite in keeping with the age of the house.
Up on the second floor you find a huge master bedroom with fabulous far-reaching views of roof-tops and gardens and all things leafy. It's hard to believe you’re just 8 miles from central London. There’s a shower room, dressing room and big storage room up here too so friends and family are catered for when they come to stay.
Forest Hill station is a mere 10 minutes by foot for fast and regular services to London Bridge and Victoria and the popular London Overground line. Forest Hill has a well-stocked town centre with a library, various banks, popular restaurants and a Sainsbury's. There are also some nice pubs (the Dartmouth Arms for example serves good food too). More green space? Crystal Palace Park and Dulwich Parks are only 5-10 minutes journey-time, or walk to Horniman Gardens and Museum.
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