Erlanger Road, New Cross
A classic and beautiful family home with a mature and east-facing garden of over 140 feet. It’s located on a wide, tree-lined residential street in the Telegraph Hill conservation area of New Cross. At the best-connected end of the favoured street of the area, the property offers up approximately 2383 square feet over three floors, incorporating a large loft room. The house provides enormous flexibility in terms of how you use the many rooms, and there’s also room to enhance the house further (an on-trend kitchen extension an obvious example of this). Briefly, you have six bedrooms (or use one or two as studies), a huge double-reception, a large kitchen/diner, both bath and shower rooms and a useful cellar. Once the home of Victorian poet Robert Browning, this leafy and hillside residential neighbourhood was developed in the late 19th century, replacing market gardens (owned by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, who controlled the development) with high-standard housing. Telegraph Hill’s Victorian Upper and Lower Parks are at the top of the road. New Cross Gate Station is an 8 minute walk for Overground and regular services. Queen’s Road Peckham Station (both stations are Zone 2) is only a little further, and bus routes run day and night from nearby Queen’s and New Cross Roads. Parking is unrestricted on-street.
A paved front garden and impressive, established hedging sets you back from the pavement. Open the original front door into a comfortable hall where you’ll immediately note high ceilings and welcome original period detailing (which continues throughout). Off on your left are the two formal reception rooms that are open to each other. The front reception room is 16ft by nearly 13ft. It’s a bright room with big bay window to the front and working fireplace with marble surround. The second reception, also blessed with an attractive fireplace, and enjoyed as a formal dining room, has pretty French doors to the wide side return, and bespoke, solid wood book-casing (as throughout the house). Both rooms enjoy pale walls, picture rails, coving and ceiling rose detail. On through the hall and you can take a door down to the cellar that’s a welcome store for the bits and pieces you don’t use every day and a healthy wine collection. Set at the rear of the house is a large, double-aspect kitchen/diner stretching almost 20ft, with slate tiles to the floor. It’s just lovely as it is but necessary permissions obtained, you may wish to take in the side return and glaze the very rear wall, as many others in the area have done.
The garden can be described as a small park really and is nothing short of delightful. Incredibly well-stocked and good looking in all seasons (spring bulbs include daffs, tulips, cyclamen). There’s a noteworthy traditional Victorian fernery in the side recess, including original fuchsia and lily of the valley. The garden trees include Jacamonti Silver Birch, Acer and Flowering Cherry. You’ve also got a Bramley Apple tree that’s about 150 years old and still producing oodles of fruit. As well as the roses, climbing roses and clematis, treats include Virginia creeper, hydrangeas, flowering raspberry, Aquilegia, wild sweetpea, camelia, bishop's cap, giant rhubarb, Rodgersia and Mexican orange.
Back to the house. Up to the half landing and there’s a bedroom at the rear with alcove cupboard and sash window onto long, garden views. The current owners use this as a study. Set next door is the main bathroom with period-sympathetic white suite. An independent w.c. is adjacent. Up to the landing proper for another double bedroom of 13ft by 11ft (with alcove storage and bookshelves), and the master bedroom which is a splendidly-large room of 17ft by 16ft with deep bay window as downstairs, plus an additional sash window which sits over the front door. Large and built-in wardrobes benefit each alcove. Up again to another double bedroom set at the rear of the house, and a single next door. A neat and modern shower room is accessed off the landing area and serves this floor well. Take the stairs again, lit by large skylight windows, to the huge converted loft room. It’s 18ft by 12ft and has loads of easily-accessible eaves storage, as well as super views via the rear window, and an additional skylight plus a part-glazed wall.
Local schools are well-regarded and include Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College (covering 3-18), St James's Hatcham Church of England Primary and Edmund Waller Primary. St Catherine’s Church hall, at the top of 'The Hill', has a good range of exercise classes plus parent and baby/toddler groups. Telegraph Hill's Upper and Lower Parks (open to the public since 1895) are well-enjoyed and looked after, as well as boasting great skyline views that the area’s famous for, and the Farmers' Market held on the third Saturday of each month is popular, as is The Hill Station community cafe. Telegraph Hill also hosts an annual festival each March showcasing local talent. New Cross Gate station (Zone 2) is a short walk. It’s just one stop to London Bridge. The station has recently had a pleasing revamp with buggy-friendly lifts. A large Sainsbury's store sits behind the station. There are also independent shops sprouting up on New Cross Road, too, alongside the gastro-pubs.
- Tenure: Freehold
For further information or to arrange a viewing please call 020 3318 8900