Billington Road, New Cross
Characterful end of terrace three double bed bay-fronted Victorian house of 1239 square feet, with a generous part-walled garden, wide side return, side access, and a garden studio/garage - which can also be accessed from the street.
Find it on a quiet residential side street within Hatcham Conservation Area - just 300 metres from Haberdashers' Aske's HTG Primary School (Edmund Waller and Kender primaries are also local). You're also within easy walking distance - six minutes - of Haberdashers' Aske's Secondary School.
Walk just six minutes to New Cross Gate Station: Fare Zone 2, one stop to London Bridge, on the London Overground network, and next to a handy big Sainsbury’s! Parking is unrestricted on the street.
A neat front garden sets the house back from the pavement. Once in, find your front reception of over 13 feet by over 12, to your right - stripped floors, sash windows to the bay and a period fireplace feature here. And you’ve got original stripped pine doors through to the second reception of over 11 feet by over 10 (and again you’ve got a pretty cast iron fireplace).
At the end of the hall, access your handy cellar to your left, while your kitchen/dining room - which stretches over 20 feet and has exposed brick detail - is straight ahead. The natural dining space has a cosy wood burner and a big bay window. The fitted kitchen is a fun rustic one that’ll give you Alpine feels. A reclaimed window over the Butler sink delivers garden views.
Upstairs from the half-landing you’ve got a double bedroom of over 13 feet by over 8 feet, and beyond this is the bathroom with a free-standing bath.
From the main landing you’ve got the twin-sashed master bedroom on the front. It’s 16 feet by over 11 feet. Adjacent is another double of over 11 feet by over 10 feet. Both of these bedrooms have generous built-in closets (with basins within) and stripped floors.
The area? Hatcham CA is a calm residential pocket of south London, little-known to most. From 1614, the land was owned by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. When the manor house (named 'Hatcham Park’) was demolished circa 1840, terraced homes were permitted to be built. Rescued from proposed demolition in the seventies, Hatcham Conservation Area was designated by Lewisham Council in 1990. ‘Hatcham’ derives most likely from Anglo Saxon; meaning ‘a clearing in the woods’, and reputedly, Charles Dickens wrote ‘Our Mutual Friend’ in The Five Bells pub (1864-5).
Stroll - past other handsome Victorian housing stock - just six minutes to New Cross Gate Station. There are also plenty of day and night bus routes within a short walk of the house to Elephant & Castle and beyond, or to Peckham, Deptford, Greenwich, Brockley and Lewisham.
Local eateries and drinkeries of note include The Rosemary (Hungarian, organic, delicious), and The Rose Inn.
Nip down to neighbouring SE15 for others, including Peckham Bazaar, Ganapati (who also deliver to New Cross - you need to know this!), Artusi, Peckham Levels, Miss Tapas, Taco Queen and Mr Bao.
Deptford has quite the gastronomic offering now too, with Marcella, Winemakers, The Tapas Room and a warm European vibe - with a choice of hip hangouts in Deptford Market Yard and surrounds. Deptford also has a cool theatre: The Albany, and a modern leisure centre with lane pool, next door to the library.
New Cross is home to Goldsmiths University with a Curzon cinema and a contemporary gallery - both tucked off the main road on campus, but very much open to the public.
Local parks include Telegraph Hill (Upper and Lower, with Saturday Farmers’ Market, or pop in a bus down to Brockley Market) and Fordham Parks. Grab your fresh loaves from Blackbird Bakery by QRP station, or at Ayres on nearby Nunhead Lane. While you’re in Nunhead, Bambuni deli and Soper’s wet fish shop are established can’t-live-without staples. El Vermut and Babette are also not to be missed.
Kids or thinking of? Your most local primary schools are Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Temple Grove (with impressive architectural treatment by Jestico + Whiles, and which feeds to the secondary school based in New Cross’s other Conservation Area), Edmund Waller and Kender. Deptford Green is a second well-regarded local secondary school.
- Tenure: Freehold
For further information or to arrange a viewing please call 020 3318 8900