Honor Oak Rise
This characterful family home forms part of a Grade II listed Georgian terrace of six properties built in 1830. Honor Oak Rise is a quiet and secluded cul-de-sac with no parking restrictions, adjacent to One Tree Hill, a noted Local Nature Reserve. The house has extensive views over London and the adjacent woodland. Semi-wild nature walks lead to Brenchley Gardens Park, Honor Oak Park Station, buses, and local shops, restaurants etc.
The house has a fine front façade, retaining the original French windows, sash windows and glazing bars, panelled front door, end-blocked walls and window mouldings: all typical of late Georgian architecture. It has been sensitively extended to both the side and rear, creating well laid out accommodation with modern facilities over three floors. Retaining numerous period features, the accommodation comprises: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a 22-foot 1st floor reception room, 24-foot ground floor kitchen-dining area with utility room, downstairs cloakroom/WC, and double loft.
On the ground floor the spacious hallway, with storage and cloakroom/WC, leads to the front study/reception, with original pairs of French windows with wooden shutters, built-in bookcases, a traditional cast iron fireplace with tiled slips, and oak floorboards. A glazed double door leads to the extended, integral kitchen-dining area with double-glazed windows and roof giving full views of the rear terracing. The dining area features a cast iron fireplace with tiled slips, while the kitchen has modern, high quality appliances and an adjacent utility area and boiler cupboard.
The bedroom on the half landing has built-in bookshelves, sash window overlooking the garden, and a large storage cupboard which also houses the hot water tank.
The first floor landing leads to a fully modernised shower room with tiled and glazed shower unit plus large storage cupboards. The main reception room runs the full depth of the house, affording attractive views both to the front and back. Period features include the dado and picture rails, marble fireplace (with gas-fired coal effect fire), and original sash windows. There is access to a small, decked terrace overlooking the garden.
The top floor has two further bedrooms and a second bathroom. Both bedrooms have original fireplaces, fitted cupboards and sash windows with woodland views.
At the front of the house traditional iron railings and gate lead to a wide paved path and landscaped front garden, featuring mature trees, shrubs and spring bulbs, and bin store with a ‘green’ roof.
The 100-foot rear garden has been designed to provide a visual link with the One Tree Hill woods beyond. It rises uphill, with the lower areas being semi-formal and cultivated, while the upper parts are given over to semi-wild planting. It contains shrubs, spring bulbs, several mature fruit and other trees, climbers (notably a magnificent wisteria), and two areas for mixed flowers and vegetables. All the rear garden fencing has been replaced within the last few years. There is a Crane summerhouse (heated) with inner ‘sanctum’, and wooden decking at the top of the garden. The planting is low maintenance, attractive to wildlife and based on organic principles.
The traditional ‘butterfly’ roof was recently renewed, and all windows and doors have special invisible draught-proofing designed for listed buildings. The front ground floor room has been tanked and the floor replaced. There is a modern central heating system throughout.
The property is located 10 minutes’ walk from Honor Oak Park Station (National Rail and Overground services to inner, outer and central London); two bus routes stop at the bottom of the Rise. Central Honor Oak has excellent local shopping plus good pubs and restaurants. Honor Oak is convenient for local state and private schools in Dulwich, Peckham, Sydenham and Forest Hill.
This exceptional and well-maintained Georgian townhouse with its remarkably numerous period features and splendid garden enjoys extensive views over London and – facing east-west – sunshine throughout the day. It has to be viewed to be fully appreciated.