8 bedroom detached house for saleRosebery Avenue, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5
Sold STC £2,500,000
- 3 reception rooms
- kitchen/breakfast room
- utility room
- 7 bedrooms (1 with en suite)
- study/bedroom 8
- 2 family bathrooms
- EPC Rating = E
An elegant Victorian family house in prime residential road within 'The Avenues'
Harpenden Rail Station 0.7 miles
High Street, Harpenden 0.4 miles
St Albans 6 miles
M1 (J9) 4.1 miles
Luton Airport 6.1 miles
Rosebery Avenue is a smart suburban street in the heart of the 'Avenues' with a charming mix of large homes and is less than half a mile from the bustling sophisticated high street and railway station with its prompt commuter links to Kings Cross, St Pancras.
For the commuter, Junction 9 of the M1 is just over 4 miles drive and provides close links with the M25. London Luton Airport is located just over 6 miles away, making this a convenient place to live for those requiring frequent air travel.
Harpenden is a charming Hertfordshire town, which feels like a village, with an interesting tree lined high street that is home to a variety of small shops and eateries. The town has a great choice of schools with both state and private options including St Hilda's School for Girls and Aldwickbury Boys Preparatory with senior schooling available at close by St Albans, making this a popular spot to settle and bring up a family.
There are plenty of leisure opportunities including a comprehensive sports complex at Rothamsted Park which has tennis courts, an indoor heated pool and a popular gymnasium. Golfers will be spoiled for choice of venue with four golf courses a short drive away.
Outer lobby, inner hallway, cloakroom, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cellar, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 6 further bedrooms, study/bedroom 8, 2 family bathrooms, store, garage, gardens, carriage driveway with off-street parking, EPC=E
Aptly named for its location, Lane End was originally built in the late 1890's as the last house along Townsend Lane before reaching fields and farmland.
Now part of a very sought after area known locally as 'The Avenues', Lane End is located at the head of a wide elegant street, less than half a mile to the high street and 0.7 miles to the mainline railway station.
The house is substantial and extends to in excess of 3800sq ft of space over 3 floors and has rooms of generous proportions with tall ceilings and some period detailing such as ornate woodwork, sash windows and delightful fireplaces.
The house is set back from Rosebery Avenue behind a tall hedge, which screens the carriage driveway from view and gives the house a good feeling of privacy.
A central front porch opens into a lovely hallway with stained glass windows and a richly tessellated floor, which leads to all the ground floor rooms.
There is a bright and airy living room across the back of the house overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens and terrace. Warmed by the fireplace with roaring open fire during the winter months and kept cool with French doors left ajar during the summer, this is a room perfect for every season.
There is a smart heritage style in-frame kitchen by Sculleries with Corian worktops and a 4 oven Aga, with a practical electric hob to complement. At one end, there is a well-conceived family breakfast area, overlooking the side courtyard. A utility room leads out to the garden and provides an ideal route to bring in groceries and leave muddy boots!
At the front of the house are 2 reception rooms; the family room has an extensive range of built-in bookcases and cupboards, whilst the dining room, with its large picture bay window framing, enjoys a far reaching view of the surroundings.
Accessed via a door in the downstairs cloakroom is a useful cellar, which has a wooden staircase leading down to a large storage area, ideal for wine.
Upstairs, the bedroom accommo dation is arranged over 2 floors and each floor has access to a bathroom.
The master bedroom, with its en suite bathroom, is located above the dining room and has the same style bay window overlooking the rooftops and gardens of Harpenden.
There are 3 further bedrooms on this floor, some with original fireplaces adding to the cosy character feel, all sharing a large family bathroom with separate shower. There is a study, which, if required, makes for an 8th bedroom.
On the top floor, 3 further good sized bedrooms can be found together with another family bathroom, again with separate shower and bath. This floor would be ideal for children wishing to share.
Lane End occupies a corner plot and as such enjoys the best of the daylight. Tall hedges at the rear and side ensure the garden is peacefully private, yet being without a neighbour on one side, allows the light to flood in uninterrupted.
The design of the garden is very practical with both lawned and terraced areas, providing seating areas in different parts of the garden. Whether barbequing on the terrace, or whiling away your time with a favourite book tucked in a sunny corner, it is a garden which offers a variety of places to linger during the changing light of the day.
Careful and imaginative planting of some distinctive shrubs such as the pineapple scented Cytisus and vibrant Japanese Maple ensures the garden has a welcome splash of colour whatever the season. Jasmine grows up the rear wall shading the back door vying for space with evergreen California Glory laden with with sunny yellow blossoms during the summer.
There is a separate brick-built tandem garage with electric door set to one side of the plot with off-street parking for several cars to the front and a useful carriage driveway.
Each side of the house has tall secure side gates leading to the rear garden ensuring that garden clippings and household refuse can be taken out in a practical and efficient manner.
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