Within a grand Victorian townhouse, this stylish one-bedroom punches above its weight thanks to a large footprint, and rooms that are filled with life and light.
Wickham Road, Brockley, 1 Bed. Flat
Sitting on the ground floor of a majestic double-fronted building, this one-bedroom apartment has glorious proportions. From the expansive windows in the open-plan living room giving views over the trees that line the street outside, to the vertiginously high ceiling and ornate cornicing. This main living space is grand by any measure and a wonderful place to spend time. It's also adaptable to a variety of needs, so you can configure (and reconfigure) your heart's content. The kitchen is connected via double doors, but it's possible to close them when cooking.
At the back of the home, the towering ceilings continue into the bedroom, enhancing the feeling of space. Light pours into here, too, through the double doors overlooking the communal garden. The sloped ceiling of the small but practical bathroom adds quirk and character with a pop of yellow.
Wickham Road is neatly positioned to enjoy the diverse joys of Brockley, from the green spaces of Hilly Fields to the independent shops along Colgate Street. But it’s also around the corner from Peckham with its roof bars, east of village-like Nunhead, and within touching distance of beautiful and historic Greenwich. And with Brockley Station just down the street, you can easily connect to National Rail and Overground, opening up direct routes to London Bridge and Brighton.
THE OWNERS SAY
We moved to Brockley on a bit of a whim, but it couldn't have turned out better! It's a lovely, leafy and friendly area. The flat is a short walk from Hilly Fields Park, with its brilliant café and the Overground station, so east and central London are within easy reach. We have been to the local Brockley market almost every Saturday since we have lived here and have enjoyed the uncomplicated access to Peckham, Greenwich and Blackheath.
If we could stay here in our flat forever, we probably would! We have held on as long as possible, and even though it’s unusually large for a one-bed, we hope to grow our family, so it's time to pass it on to someone new. With its high ceilings and big, bright rooms, we have been extremely happy here and have built good relationships with all our neighbours. It will be hard to leave an area we have grown to love so much.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC):
Current Energy Rating D. Potential Energy Rating C.
The property falls into Band B (£1,498 in 2023/24) in the borough of Lewisham.
Current monthly costs are approx: Electricity £50, Gas £52 and Water £33.
Share of freehold with approximately TBC years left on the lease.
Approximately £2,200 per year. Paid monthly or annually. As well as building insurance, the service charge covers the cost of a gardener and cleaner (for the communal areas).
In the building, there are 8 flats in total.
The current owners have fitted a new kitchen and installed a new boiler and double glazing in the bedroom. They have also laid a new floor in the corridor using reclaimed oak.
In a matter of minutes, you can be at Brockley station, where National Rail trains run directly to London Bridge and Victoria, or pick up an Overground train, opening up the whole city for you to explore and Brighton in the other direction.
The expansive communal gardens are accessible via a side gate. It’s a great spot to get to know your neighbours or take five to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
The owners are actively looking and hope to stay nearby
THE LEGAL BIT
While we endeavour to provide accurate photographs, floor plans, and descriptions, these should be intended as a guide. Total floor plan measurements are sometimes rounded for ease, and distances are approximated. Purchasers should always satisfy themselves through personal inspection.
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