Grasmere Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 5PS


Guide price of £2,000,000

An attractive mid-century detached house in an excellent location.

"It was the big south-facing garden that sold it to us, perfect for family and entertaining" - The House



Property description

  • 5 bedroom |
  • 2 bathroom |
  • 4 reception |
  • EPC Band: D

This attractive mid-century detached house is set back from the quiet road by a carriage driveway with space for at least three cars in addition to the integral garage. The front porch leads to a hallway with an elegant dining room on the left and the main living room on the right with its handsome marble fireplace. Parliament doors from the living room open onto the family room at the rear of the house, creating a large space ideal for entertaining.

A home office with built-in work areas for two people is accessed via the family room. The large L-shaped kitchen to the rear of the dining room has lovely long views of the garden, with a glazed door onto the terrace. There's a cloakroom at the end of the hallway, and a handy utility room fits between the kitchen and garage, with a side door accessing the garden.

Upstairs are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with an option of dressing room or fifth bedroom. The principal bedroom connects to the dressing (5th) room and an en suite with both bath and shower. The bedroom overlooking the garden has a shower en suite, while the other two bedrooms are served by the large modern family bathroom with both bath and super-sized walk-in shower. There is also potential for a loft conversion if more living space is needed (stp).

The large quarter-acre plot has a long south-facing garden completely enclosed by thick hedges and fencing, with mature trees and shrubs, flower borders, raspberry canes and a vegetable plot. A summerhouse, greenhouse, potting shed and a Wendy house all add to the enjoyment of the garden.

Location

With both primary and secondary schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted and a train journey into London St Pancras of only 25 minutes, Harpenden is high on the list of Hertfordshire's best places to live. Its wide high street is well stocked with restaurants, cafes and pubs, and the town centre has a mix of smaller shops, several supermarkets including a Waitrose, and a regular farmers' market. There's a thriving rugby club, cricket club, two tennis clubs, two golf clubs, new leisure centre with swimming pools and a newly built theatre.

Harpenden's 'jewel in the crown' is its large common close to the high street which hosts cricket matches, community events including a summer carnival and the much-loved Classics on the Common car show, and the circus when it comes to town. Harpenden is a 15-minute drive away from the ancient cathedral city of St Albans, 15 minutes from Luton Airport and is surrounded by open countryside and pretty villages.

  • Harpenden Town & station 0.7 miles
  • Luton Airport 6.5 miles
  • M1 Junction 9, 5 miles
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The Owner's Story

"This is a fantastic house to bring up a family, it's got plenty of space both inside and out, there's a really good primary school at the end of the road and four excellent secondaries, and Harpenden's a very sociable town with lots going on.

We spend so much time outside. It was the big south-facing garden that sold the house to us in the first place, it's perfect for a family with a big enough lawn to play football and we've got a large terrace for entertaining. It's a great house for parties because the sitting room at the front has double doors to the family room at the back which can be opened out to create one big space, with patio doors from the family room onto the garden terrace. With the double doors closed the family room is a cosy spot to watch TV in the evenings.

The house had four bedrooms when we bought it more than 25 years ago. We added another bedroom over the garage, though we're now back to four as we're using one of the smaller bedrooms next to ours as a dressing room, which we love, though it could easily be changed back again. We also extended on one side of the house to create a study with workspaces at either end, originally for our two children to do their homework but it now makes an ideal home office.

It's been a brilliant family home, we have loved it here, but our children have moved on and the house is pretty big for just the two of us. We're ready to move to the country now and have our sights set on Dorset. It's time for a new family to enjoy it."


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