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This little home is a first time buyer’s dream. It is already refurbished to the sort of standard we all aspire to and filled with the character touches that make it all the more special, such as the additional sitting room/bedroom on the ground floor with the adjoining bathroom and the first floor wet room. The only thing missing and preventing this being the perfect little cottage home, are the roses growing round the front door but that could be remedied…
Erith Street is one of those little backwaters that I never even knew existed, being hidden away off the main road through Leeswood and away from prying eyes. It is a single terrace of similar properties dating from I would imagine the early 20th century and with commanding views down across the Cheshire plain. Sadly this view has been compromised in recent years by the addition of several newer homes but is still plainly (sic) visible from the upper windows. There is a residents’ parking area at the head of the cul-de-sac with more than enough space for the vehicles generated by the number of homes in the road, the newer homes opposite having their own garages.
A low wall separates the road from a strip of lawn in front of the terrace while a paved path gives access to the fronts of the houses. A pram or wheelchair friendly concrete slope runs across the from of the home to where we are greeted by a fully glazed UPVC front door.
This allows us into the front lounge where the staircase rises in front of us and where the first thing to strike you is the feeling something is not quite right. Initially suspecting an optical illusion I quickly came to realise that the rear of the room is actually narrower than the front as the gable wall of the home follows the road alongside. However far from seeming a disadvantage this actually gives the home a great deal of its charm.
A decorative bank of raw brick adorns the outer wall and features a small fireplace with a fitted electric ‘log burner’. The chimney behind this has been blocked but not sealed so should you want to return to a genuine fire, this could be readily achieved.
Beyond here we move into the kitchen with its wood effect flooring and where once again, the unusual shape of the home’s footprint becomes apparent as the room narrows towards the far end. All along the outer right hand wall are a range of fitted units offering a huge amount of work surface and containing all the kit you expect centred around a traditional electric cooker. Although ostensibly free standing, this sits in a recess cut into the work surface thus becomes almost part of it. The wider end of the room provides sufficient space to include a small dining table, big enough to accommodate the amount of people likely to be living here, if not actively encouraging the throwing of lavish banquets for large numbers of guests.
The narrower end of the kitchen opens out into a square hallway off which is a side door opening into a deep porch which acts as a convenient parking spot for keeping the wheelie bin off the street. Beyond here we come to the secondary lounge which is part of an extension to the original home, built for the purpose of providing accommodation for a handicapped person needing to live on one level. During this period it became a bed-sitting room, being a self contained unit in conjunction with the large bathroom adjoining, but it could just as easily become an additional lounge, or comfortable study for anyone needing to work from home.
The bathroom is a large uncluttered space with a simple suite of pedestal hand basin, lavatory and traditional bath all finished in a retro shade of pale blue. Light in here is provided by an overhead light tunnel set into the ceiling which is not only attractive, but works extremely well.
Moving upstairs and towards the front we find the main bedroom which, like the lounge beneath which it mirrors in size and shape is a characterful space. There is room for various pieces of free standing furniture to supplement the storage found in the large hanging cupboard positioned above the stair well, and some very pleasing views over the Cheshire plain from the forward facing window.
Next to here lies the smallest bedroom which in addition to being unusually shaped is undeniably small. It is also interesting in its irregularity, somewhere I could see a child falling in love with for its uniqueness.
And finally, at the end of the landing is the bathroom or to be more precise, the wet room. I am always surprised that more homes do not feature these, if only for their sheer convenience. The fully sealed floor means even the most careless can shower with gay abandon, without fear of leaving a mess to clear up, while the remainder of the suite comprises of a pedestal hand basin and lavatory.
It is simple, neat and does everything you can ask of it without fuss or unnecessary embellishment.