Jerningham Road, Telegraph Hill
Classic Victorian Telegraph Hill Conservation Area semi-detached house of 2473 sq ft (excluding vast double loft, ripe for conversion) in an elevated position and set over three floors with two entrances, plus a splendid architect-designed low-maintenance garden with side access.
Walk just five minutes to New Cross Gate Station (one stop to London Bridge), 12 minutes to Brockley Station, and 14 to Nunhead Station. Unrestricted on-street parking.
Occupied, enhanced and enjoyed by the current owners (one an award-winning property journalist) since 1983, clearly this a tough home to leave. If you value a tasteful mix of heritage and relaxed modern design you're onto a winner here.
Entering at raised ground floor level, you open the front door (admiring the lead light detail) into a smart high-ceilinged hall space with swoon-worthy original mosaic floor tiles. Take a right from the hall into your formal double-reception, which runs 26 feet (by over 14 feet). Two working period fireplaces impress in here, plus solid wood floors and capacious custom-made book-shelving.
Beyond the reception rooms, next on the right from the hall is a full and stain glass windowed bathroom, with both bath and independent shower, and under-basin cherry wood storage. As throughout the house, an old school style radiator features.
Beyond is a double bedroom of over 11 feet each way. Twin sash windows deliver garden views.
Entering at lower ground floor level, you’ve got a handy vault/store to your left by the front door. The lower ground front door opens directly into the large kitchen which is over 13 feet each way, and which is fitted out with timeless modern units (by German manufacturer Siematic) and Corian worktops. The dining area (down a step) is open-plan beyond, and is over 16 feet by over 12 feet. Wooden double-doors open into the room, and French doors open out - taking you to the wide side-return area of the garden.
In the hall area of this floor you’ve got loads of useful under stairs storage, and an independent utility room as well. Also on this floor is a glorious bayed garden or reception room of over 20 feet by 12 feet. It could also easily work as a fifth bedroom.
On the first floor at half-landing level you’ve got a double bedroom (of over 13 feet by over 11 feet) and a generous twin-sash-windowed shower room.
From the main landing, to your left is a large double bedroom of 13 feet by over 12 feet. Taking the width of the terrace is the magnificent master bedroom of over 19 feet by over 16 feet - with wall-to-wall bank of Hulsta wardrobes.
Two loft spaces are currently used for storage. There’s glaringly-obvious potential to convert these to one or two more bedrooms with bath or shower rooms, even perhaps a fabulous annexe to maximise the sweeping panoramic views from the top of the house.
Once home to Victorian poet Robert Browning, this leafy hillside neighbourhood was developed in the late C19th, replacing market gardens owned by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers (who controlled the development) with high-standard housing. As well as the attractive architecture and fancy street lamps, what stands here now is a friendly, leafy community with excellent connections to central London, alongside great schools and parks. Local children attend highly-regarded Edmund Waller Primary and the through-school Haberdashers’ Aske’s (3-18).
Telegraph Hill is a delightful community to call home. Telegraph Hill’s Victorian Parks (Upper and Lower) are great, as is The Hill Station cafe - Dinner for One Hundred is the latest pop-up here (pizza!), There’s a monthly Farmers’ Market held in the Lower Park, or nip down to Brockley Market - held on Saturdays in the Lewisham College Car Park (much more glam than it sounds!).
A large Sainsbury's store sits behind the station, and independent shops and pubs line New Cross Road.
Brockley has some great neighbourhood eateries including The Orchard and Parlez, plus cocktail bar Brickfields and Brockley Brewery. Coffee shops are strong here too and include Good as Gold and Browns of Brockley.
In Nunhead we like Four Hundred Rabbits and El Vermut. The wet fish shop and bakery are also great.
Trendy Deptford High Street is fairly close as well - for great restaurants including Tea House, Marcella, The Tapas Room and The Winemakers Club.
Peckham's Rye Lane and Bellenden Road are also a short walk/bus ride for more options. Close to Queens Road Peckham Station, you've now got Kudu and Peckham Cellars restaurants; both have a Bib Gourmand.
Local schools are extremely well-regarded and include Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College (covering 3-18), St James's Hatcham Church of England Primary (3-11) and Edmund Waller Primary (3-11). Bebright Bunnies Nursery is also popular for smaller ones, on Kitto Road.
- Tenure: Freehold
For further information or to arrange a viewing please call 020 3318 8900