7 bedroom detached house for saleOakfield Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5
Guide Price £2,750,000
- 4 reception rooms
- kitchen/breakfast/family room
- 7 bedrooms (4 with en suite)
- 2 family bathrooms & shower room
- swimming pool
- utility room
- double garage
- driveway with off-street parking
- EPC Rating = C
A substantial and elegant family home in the heart of West Common
Town centre 1.5 miles,
Station First Capital Connect 1.7 miles (St Pancras International 27mins),
St Albans 4.5 miles,
M1 (J9) 3.3 miles,
London Luton International Airport 8.3 miles
West Common is one of the most sought after areas of Harpenden. Its proximity to open countryside, Harpenden Common, Rothamsted Park and the high street all add to its popularity. With its quiet, leafy residential streets and large detached houses on substantial plots, it's easy to understand why families choose to settle here.
Just over a mile and a half from the bustling tree-lined high street, with its comprehensive range of shopping facilities and restaurants, including 3 supermarkets and a Marks and Spencer food store, Oakfield Road is a convenient and charming place to live.
The area is well known for its excellent private and state schools, with buses for both St Albans and Berkhamsted schools picking up at Hatching Green, on the high street and at Southdown.
There are good sporting and leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, sports centre and 4 renowned golf clubs all within a 10 minute drive.
For the commuter, Harpenden is convenient with its fast train service to St. Pancras International, and for the motorist, junction 9 of the M1 motorway is just under three and a half miles away.
A notable feature of Harpenden is its abundant parks and commons. The central area of Harpenden, known locally as "the village" is characterised by Church Green, Leyton Green and the High Street Greens, which give the town its pleasingly provincial feel.
Just to the south of the town centre is Harpenden Common, stretching from the shops in the town centre for more than a mile to the south, encompassing a total of 238 acres. Today the Common is home to two cricket clubs, a football club, bridleways for horse riding, ramblers' paths and Harpenden Common Golf Club, all within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
In addition the town has large green public spaces at Rothamsted Park, Kinsbourne Green Common and Lydekker Park. The old railway which used to link Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead now fondly known as the Nickey Line, extends approximately 7 miles and is perfect for cyclists and joggers alike.
Hall, drawing room, study, kitchen/breakfast/family room, pantry, utility room, shower room, cloakroom, cinema room, playroom, master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room,2 further guest suites, 3 further bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, swimming pool, gardens, double garage, driveway with off-street parking
Built in 2013 to the owners own high specification, this is a superb example of how a family house should be designed to ensure practicality on a grand scale. The accommodation is arranged over 4 floors and extends to in excess of 6,200 sq ft, providing very flexible living space throughout.
A large welcoming galleried entrance hall sits behind a pretty English styled canopied porch. Ahead, double doors open onto the vast kitchen/breakfast/family room, which overlooks the swimming pool, terrace and lawns beyond. A very well planned kitchen family space, cleverly divided into separate but open plan areas, defining their different uses. Limestone flooring, warmed by underfloor heating, is a practical but attractive finish and links the spaces seamlessly.
There is a sitting area with a large wood burner to cosy up to, backlit by a clever use of skylight glazing, which not only gives great views over the garden but also keeps the area bright even on the dullest of days. There is a conservatory styled family room, which opens to the kitchen and has two walls of bi-fold doors allowing the area to be completely open to the outside, perfect for pool parties and summer entertaining.
The traditional kitchen features a range oven with bespoke cabinets painted in pale heritage hues topped by antiqued granite and wooden worktops. A large island unit with double butler sink and preparation area, bordered by a breakfast bar with built in drinks fridge, is usefully close by. With practicality very much in mind, the architect has incorporated a walk in larder with marble shelves into one corner, which provides ample storage for provisions and small appliances keeping counters clutter free!
Next to the kitchen, the garage and rear terrace have been cleverly linked by way of a utility room with separate wet room. Terracotta tiles warmed by underfloor heating provide a practical area for swimmers to come through to shower off.
To the front of the house are two reception rooms. The larger of the two has attractive wainscoting incorporating a large window seat in the bay and a brick working fireplace. The other room, currently set up as a study, has attractive timber flooring and could be put to a variety of uses dependent on needs.
Stairs lead down to the lower ground floor. High ceilings add to the spacious living area and comprise - two bedroom suites, both with independent access to outside, a large cinema room with wall speakers, a playroom, which has natural light and is large enough to accommodate a table tennis table and leave room enough for table football.
The first floor is home to the master suite which is a triumph in its design. A vaulted ceiling bedroom has painted beams, which add character to the space. A very indulgent bathroom with roll top bath and wet room complements the large dressing room. There are two large bedrooms, each with a wall of fitted cupboards, which share a family bathroom and a delightful guest bedroom with en-suite shower room and fitted cupboards.
On the top floor there is a very spacious room which would be ideal for a teenager with room for a double bed, sofa/desk and study area. There is a bank of fitted cupboards with extra cupboard s pace both on the landing and accessed via the bathroom.
The garden is very well designed for an active family and includes a large heated swimming pool surrounded by an attractive slate terrace. Landscaped gardens extend down to a timber deck area.
Bordering the rear of the garden is a large timber building, useful to house garden equipment, although attractive enough to turn into a garden room.
To the front of the house is a gravelled carriage driveway, set behind brick walls with borders of attractive planting. There is a double garage with electric doors and a pedestrian door to the side.
Square Footage: 6,300 sq ft
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