Are you looking for a restoration project; a chance to return one of Leytonstone's finest to its former best? This double fronted terraced house located on Forest Drive East isn't for the faint-hearted; however, with the right buyer, this grand old house could become magnificent once again.
Having walked along the pathway and up to this impressive house, which has been passed down through the same family since the 1920's, a stained glass front door opens into the large entrance hall. It's from here you can begin forming a mental image as to what this home once was, and the potential for it can become. The hallway runs through the centre of the property, and located off to the right there's a through lounge, which we are told was built to the specifications of the very first owners, and in here you will find a masterful marble fireplace, accompanied by original cornicing and high level skirting boards. At the rear of this generously sized room, there's access to a conservatory, which in turn leads you out to the garden.
Across the other side of the hallway lies a dining room in which the character and overall theme of the property continues. A fireplace and other period features get to work on your imagination in a room that could once again lend itself to guests and after-dinner entertaining. To complete the ground floor accommodation, a morning room, which, yes you've guessed it also has a feature fireplace, with the kitchen sitting just behind this room, located at the very rear of the property.
As you would expect, the first floor is also very generous on the size, front; an ornate staircase taking you to the bathroom and separate W.C. Initially, before raising you up a little further to where the five bedrooms are situated, four of which have a feature fireplace. Of these rooms, the notable master bedroom is naturally the largest, and also benefits from a connecting door to bedroom five, offering up a few ideas, such as a walk-in dressing room or perhaps the perfect first bedroom for a new addition to the family.
There are a few more things we would like to touch on, starting with the cellar, and let's face it a large family will benefit from all available storage. Then there's the garden, which is of considerable size, reaching lengths of 70'. Other nearby properties have opted for upwards expansion, so if you want even more space, then this could be a possibility, although a matter for which you would need to make your own enquiries of course.
The property has been vacant for some time, adding to the degree of work that is required, and we have seen signs of a structural nature that most certainly warrant investigation, so you may wish to source a suitably qualified surveyor, before making an offer.
So, as you can probably tell by reading our description, both imagination and some creative vision are required if you are to visualise this house as a fully functioning family home, yet we know only too well that many such buyers exist.
The location puts you close to Epping Forest, with Hollow Ponds boating lake a favourite haunt in the summer months, especially on bank holidays and at weekends, and also useful all year round to dog walkers, joggers and anyone looking for an excuse to tire the kids out a little. Also nearby you have Whipps Cross Hospital and the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, serving food (roast dinners on a Sunday) and beverages, with an open log fire burning away during the colder months.
Given the size and level of work required to bring this house back to its former glory, we would recommend setting aside at least 30 minutes for the viewing, which you can arrange by speaking with a member of our friendly and helpful sales team.
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Sold prices provided by Land Registry
23rd Feb 2018