Halfway down a peaceful street in Childs Hill sits a completely reimagined four-bedroom home with a large back garden. Carefully considered and brilliantly executed, it’s a model of modern eclecticism, created with family in mind.
Crewys Road, Childs Hill, 4 Bed. House
It’s rare to find a home where every detail has been designed for living. Where everything new seems somehow instantly classic: as if it were all meant to be. That’s this house in a nutshell, and what a fantastic achievement it is.
You can sense the care that went into the total renovation of this terraced gem, where the beauty of the past meets the demands of the present in quite a visionary way. The communal kitchen has on-point industrial touches – Crittall-style doors, a huge steel-framed skylight and matching fixtures – that combine effortlessly with tongue-and-groove panelling and reclaimed lab tops from Retrouvius, so there is no hint of coldness. It’s a hugely practical space which exudes warmth and texture.
There’s plenty to love about that courtyard and garden, of course, but the rest of the house leaves lots of room to move, work and play, too. The double parlour is charm personified, the bedrooms have oodles of storage (and oodles of personality), and the converted loft makes for a quiet master suite when it’s time to escape all the shenanigans below stairs.
Serious/Fun. That’s the delightful contradiction of this home, and it’s what makes it so perfect for a family who appreciates the alchemy of a beautiful space.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: D & Environmental Impact Rating: E
In the Borough of Barnet, the house falls into Council Tax Band E (£1,813.24 for 2018/2019).
In the last four years, the current owners have completely renovated the entire house, restoring it from the ground up. New works include a loft extension, kitchen extension with side return, new walls and flooring, new plumbing, new bathrooms, a new boiler, new wiring and new sash windows. The steel Crittall-style doors leading to the courtyard and garden were designed by the Green Window Company. The kitchen is from British Standard, built to last with dovetail joinery. Plus, the front and back gardens have been completely re-landscaped.
Childs Hill Park is at the end of the street and this urban refuge is home to a children's playground, tennis courts and a neighbourhood cafe. It's a real plus for dog owners (and parents alike), looking to let their mini beasts run off some energy.
THE OWNERS SAY
After living in places that didn’t quite suit our family life, our time in this house has been a dream. It’s on a lovely quiet street with friendly neighbours, and there’s a park and playground (down a secret path!) at the end of the street. It’s just wonderful.
We spend a lot of time on Hampstead Heath, which is only a 10-minute walk away. The kids roam in the woods, climb trees and ride their bikes along the trails. When we’re in the mood for a stroll, we follow the woods all the way to The Spaniards Inn – our favourite spot for a pub lunch.
But mostly, it’s the house that has made our time on Crewys Road so wonderful. These days, we can spend the entire day at home. The kitchen is spacious enough for everyone, and we’ve had lots of fun dinners with friends and family. And having our own little escape at the top of the house lets us enjoy a few quiet moments to ourselves. All in all, it’s just a happy, sun-filled place to be!
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to maintain accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these are intended as a guide and purchasers must satisfy themselves by personal inspection. Total floorplan measurements have been rounded for ease. Distances are also provided as an approximate.
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