"The demure frontage conceals an innovative Swiss-inspired rear of the house, with a balcony and large windows that fill the house with natural light."
This elegant house on Reynolds Way is arranged over three floors, with four bedrooms and wonderfully bright living spaces that look onto a newly redesigned garden by Ann Marie Powell. Built in the 1970s as part of the leafy Brownborne Estate the house is deceptively generous, extending to over 2,100 sqft. The demure frontage conceals an innovative Swiss-inspired rear of the house, with a balcony and large windows that fill the interior with natural light.
The house is decorated in a refined palette of white, wood and marble throughout, and the current owners have carefully retained original details such as lovely glass internal doors.
Entrance is to a large first floor hallway, with beautiful Brazilian cherry wood flooring and an original staircase that extends to the kitchen and dining room below and bedrooms above. Beyond is the large living room, which has doors to a south-facing balcony. The house has huge amounts of storage, with ‘his and hers’ cloakrooms on this level. Adjacent is a WC and a study that is tucked away from the living areas. An internal garage is accessible from both inside and outside the house.
On the ground floor, with smart bookmatched Marmo Giallo marble floors, is the kitchen and dining room. The large kitchen is fitted with steel appliances and solid oak worktops. This is a fantastically bright and open room, with original metal-framed sliding doors that lead onto the patio. Recently redesigned and planted by a Chelsea Gold Medallist with exotic leafy shrubs and hellebores, clematis and geraniums in purples and whites, the garden with burst into bloom in the summer.
The top floor of the house feels wonderfully secluded. The four bedrooms and hallway have great whitewashed pine floors, and there is a family bathroom and en suite to the master bedroom. The latter is luxuriously decorated with Italian Travertine marble slab that echoes the WC and kitchen below.
The Wates Company were an established family builders who completed several post-war housing developments in London and the south of England, including the large Dulwich Estate. The 120 acre Park Hill site in Croydon, was built with many of the same principles in mind: car free streets, communal gardens and generous internal layouts with large windows. There is an interesting mix of mid-century modern styles on the estate, some of which some were architect designed, although most were designed by Wates’ in-house team.
Reynolds Way is a fifteen minute walk from Croydon East station which has fast connections to London Bridge and London Victoria minutes, taking between fifteen and twenty minutes, and also to the south coast. Croydon is part of London’s tram network, connecting it to Wimbledon and Beckenham. The house is also only a forty minute drive from Gatwick Airport.
Close to the house is the 114 acre Lloyd Park, which has sports pitches. Surrey street market – one of the oldest known street markets in London – has recently undergone a million-pound refurbishment and is open weekly. The opening of Boxpark Croydon in 2016 spurred a flurry of new restaurant openings, and the area has is still undergoing significant regeneration.
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