A mid terraced house offering over 1300 sq ft of accommodation over three floors and some rare and unique aspects not offered by other town houses found locally.
The location of this house is one of its greatest assets. We will explain in greater detail why, in the next section of this description. Firstly, we want to offer buyers some insight into the house which may not easily be noticed from the images.
Town houses have always proven to be popular with buyers in our experience at Hunters. We believe this is due to the versatility of the space and potential to adapt the layout and this house is a great example of this.
The ground floor layout is unlike many other town houses we have seen. Off the entrance hall this floor is filled by a kitchen diner which spans over 28ft and opens on to the private rear garden making it a very social space popular for modern living. The split level (two steps) in this room creates a subtle division of the open plan space and is further complimented by the substantial window and door onto the garden which mimics a wall of glass. As you’ll note from the images, this part of the property is filled with natural light and offers a great view through to the garden due to this large opening.
Bifold doors are ever popular additions in modern houses and this property could have the rear window and door onto the garden replaced with bifold doors to modernise the space. This is something for a buyer to consider if they wanted to personalise the space.
As you arrive on the first floor, you enter the lounge which spans over 19ft and welcomes you with another large expanse of glass. Attractive features of these houses are the windows, which in some of the rooms span almost the width of the house creating a wonderful panoramic frame of the view outside. The lounge has one such window which again can be appreciated form the images. A feature of this floor we particularly like is the staircase. Being open to the room creates a feature of the staircase which would normally be enclosed. It also makes this floor feel open plan which continues the theme from downstairs.
A second washroom and one of the bedrooms (currently used as a study) are also located on this level of the house.
The view from the rear bedroom on the top floor is captured in one of our images. Due to the property’s proximity to the very highly acclaimed Horniman museum and gardens, there is a stunning view over the tree tops and roof tops into the distance with the Horniman gardens in view below. In fact, the bedroom is currently laid out to enjoy that view when you wake-up in the morning or when you go to sleep at night.
You will note from the floor plan there is storage in multiple places. This includes an area under the stairs, an internal porch great for coats and shoes, built in wardrobes to bedrooms, linen cupboard on the landing as well as a loft area perfect for suitcases and larger items.
A particularly nice addition to the top floor landing is the skylight which illuminates what would normally be a dark spot in most houses of this nature.
To the front of the house there is a drive for one small car and a white line on the road to allow residents to park in front the house.
Horniman Drive offers something both rare and unique. The entrance to one of south east London’s popular family attractions, the Horiman Museum and Gardens, is located on the very same road. You will note from one of the images that the entry gates are in proximity of the house. This is so convenient that the gardens of the Horniman’s are a secondary outside space for the residents of Horniman Drive.
For those buyers who aren’t familiar with the Horniman museum and gardens we recommend you have a look online and visit when you are in the area.
To have something of this nature on your doorstep will appeal to many buyers. With regular events such as a farmer’s market and gardens that children adore, (sound garden and animals in particular), this will be of paramount interest to families.
You can read more about the Horniman museum and gardens via the below link:
If the above isn’t enough to tempt you, a more general view of the area will give insight into why Forest Hill has become increasingly popular in recent years and been featured on the popular TV programme “Location Location Location” several times.
Forest Hill has much to offer from boutique shops, thriving independent businesses on the high street, a great selection of green spaces and recreational facilities to great transport links and highly regarded schools.
Some of the best-known public schools include:
Ofsted rated “Good” Horniman (very popular with residents many of which move to this location to secure a place at this school)
Ofsted rated "Outstanding" Eliot Bank
Ofsted rated "Outstanding" Fairlawn.
Ofsted rated "Outstanding" Stillness.
Ofsted rated "Outstanding" Rathfern.
Ofsted rated "Good" Dalmain.
You will also find a selection of independent schools locally one of which is a Montessori and the other is the highly acclaimed St Dunstan's which is also ranked in Ofsted's top 10%.
Forest Hill train station is served by the London Overground (Orange Line) and Southern Rail. Travel times to central London stations include:
London Bridge in approximately 15 minutes (change for Northern Line)
Canada Water in approximately 12 minutes (change for Jubilee line)
London Victoria in approximately 40 minutes
Canary Wharf in approximately 24 minutes
DINING OUT AND RECREATION
Some of our favourite local eateries span across both Forest Hill and Honor Oak (both towns come under the same postcode) and include Mama Dough and Bona (sour dough pizza restaurants), Canvas and Cream (great local café serving a selection of cakes, food and drink. They also host some art exhibitions) and the award-winning Babur Indian restaurant. There's also the popular Le Querce which is run by a Sardinian family serving traditional dishes.
Alongside the Horiman, other local attractions include One Tree Hill at the top of Honor Oak Rise and offers some of the most breath-taking views across London and the city skyline. In our opinion this is a hidden gem.
You will also find nature reserves in proximity of the property on Devonshire Road and Garthorne Road.
There is a selection of walking trails locally via the highly acclaimed Sydenham Hill woods and Albion Millennium Green to name just a couple.
You might be surprised to note there is a golf course in the local area. The ever-popular Dulwich and Sydenham golf course is an 18-hole course founded in 1894 and designed by one of the most significant course architects of all time. It has views over the woods and of Dulwich college. You may read more about the golf course here:
Forest Hill Library and pools have both undergone complete renovation in recent years. Forest Hill pools has fantastic swimming facilities but also has a well-equipped gym and exercise classes.
Blythe Hill Fields is known by the locals for its recreational facilities and regular events. One such facility is the Trim trail which is an exercise trail and we mustn’t forget the yearly Blythe Hill festival that brings local business and the community together for a day of fun.
You may look up details about Blythe Hill Fields on their website:
We look forward to answering any questions you may have about this property and arranging your viewing.