Not Just A Bungalow
NOT JUST A BUNGALOW - this property is the epitome of `noir` by David Cliff - there is so much more here than meets the eye, so, please don`t be deceived by just a glimpse from the road. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who requires more than just your average 4 bed detached home to purchase a truly unique and versatile home on one of Finchampstead`s most sought after roads. With existing living space for up to 7 bedrooms (5 of which are large doubles), 4 living rooms, and 5 bath or shower rooms in 3 separate buildings, the potential here is simply enormous.
There`s just so much to explore that it is difficult to know where to begin, but let`s talk about `the added extras`. Not forgetting the expansive living space inside the main house; positioned just behind the property are two brick-built detached annexes with 3 rooms each and both with possible separate access from the road.
The first annex has been used for a number of different functions throughout the last 25 years but is currently used as an enormous games room with mini gym, or as a substantial guest suite, as it is fully equipped with its own kitchen, shower and separate toilet. There is another room towards the end of the building, now used as a music room but which also works well as a double bedroom. Although, when you visit, you will see that this space is so versatile that it would suit anyone needing that separate living or work area detached from the main house.
Across the other side of the garden, with a full width of lawn and patio in between, is the second outbuilding which was built for use as a granny annex. This has 2 smaller rooms for use as a kitchen and bathroom as well as having more of a `studio` layout in the large main room, which could be a sizeable bed sitting room or be divided into two. The current owners use the building as storage for one of their family-run businesses. Like the other annex, this building has so many potential uses that I would love to revisit in five years’ time, just to see exactly how the new owner is utilising the space.
Whilst outside, best we speak about the fabulous external space. The lovely garden faces south, is around 90ft in length and backs on to privately owned woodland and a communal lawn belonging to 4 large properties in a gated complex behind. What could be better? The majority of the garden is laid to lawn, surrounded by mature shrubs and fruit trees and there are two patios, which are suntraps at different times of day, both being extremely private and secluded and perfect for dining `alfresco`! To the front of the house there is a large in-and-out driveway which is laid to gravel for easy upkeep. To the right-hand side of the house, there are full sized gates providing access to the back garden and additional security - there is ample space for multiple vehicles and a five-bar gate on each entrance.
Moving inside, you`ll be amazed by the sheer amount of space you will find - there is just so much more than you would expect. Especially given the understated appearance of the house from the road - an aspect that our sellers decided to retain for their own privacy and which is something that I really like about this place.
As you go in, you will find yourself in a large porch which is perfect for kicking off shoes and storing bits and bobs. Walk on into the hallway and you will instantly notice the incredibly high ceilings (especially for a building that was once a bungalow) and the amazing sense of light and space. Before going into much more detail, I just have to make you aware that the beauty of this property is that it is extremely versatile, so each space could be used in so many different ways.
For example, on your right, as you enter the property, is a large double bedroom with a bay window to the front. And then, on your left there is a study (with original fireplace) which could be incorporated into the `master suite` by way of a dressing room, or nursery, to the adjoining large double bedroom with built in wardrobes and ensuite bathroom.
Down the corridor is the main family bathroom which has a double shower cubicle and separate bath - this is a huge space and is one of the three bathrooms that you`ll find within the house. It has the potential to be split into two shower rooms to provide an ensuite to the double bedroom on the right without compromising existing bathrooms upstairs and in the master suite.
At the back of the house, and overlooking the garden, is the main living room - this room is simply massive with a glorious Inglenook fireplace at one end - the room is so big you could set it up as a lounge with a separate sitting area if you like! To the left of this is the dining room, easily accommodating a table seating 6-8 people with additional furniture, and which also has doors overlooking the garden. To the right of the sitting room is the family kitchen which is fairly large and functional. Although the kitchen and main bathroom have been updated over the years, they have been left relatively basic, as the current owners obtained planning permission for a large extension to the side of the house, connecting the current kitchen with the converted garage and then incorporating a new garage, utility area and a luxury L-shaped kitchen breakfast room. So, whilst you may think that the property already has plenty to offer as it stands, there is still the potential to do much more and in exactly the way you want!
Upstairs the `tardis` theme continues. One thing you’ll notice as you go up the stairs is that the space on the galleried landing is really quite big, with plenty of natural light flooding through the Velux windows. On either side of the first floor there are two very large double bedrooms, identical in size, which have huge built in cupboards the whole way down one side. These are really generous double bedrooms which are complimented by another bathroom as well as the smallest bedroom which still measures over 8ft by 8ft.
All in all, this expansive property is perfect for extended families who could benefit from the use of the annexes, or for people who run a business from home but want to create the `work/life` balance where you can work and live in separate spaces …or you might just want a big house in a prime location! Either way, you have to see inside this house to fully appreciate what is on offer, so get in touch today and we’ll show you it all, in person!