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Whyteleafe Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3


£825,000

DETACHED
4 beds

Key features

  • Detached family home
  • Extensive living space
  • Summerhouse/ Office
  • Private Drive and Garage
  • Wrap around garden
  • Excellent transport links
  • Close to both primary & secondary schools
  • All our sellers are able to move home chain-free, learn how you could too.
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This wonderful property benefits from substantial living space so is perfect for a family and for entertaining. Downstairs includes a large living room at the front as well as a dining room, entertainment room and a fully fitted modern kitchen which all have access to the garden. Upstairs are four generous double bedrooms, including the master which has it's own super modern bathroom. The loft has not been converted and it has ample storage. The house also benefits from a very well maintained and mature garden, as well as a private driveway, a detached double garage and an outhouse which was originally used as an office. Caterham on the Hill is a highly sought after location due to it's proximity to excellent schools and transport links to London. What the owner says: What do you love most about your home? This has been a true family house. Both my children have known nothing else. It's a much loved house, and we felt that when we bought it too. Every room has loads of light and all but the lounge open onto part of the garden with patio doors - we love having different aspects to the garden, always guaranteed of finding sunshine and shade somewhere. It is so private. We traded off a huge garden for a wrap around plot surrounded by conifers, totally blocking you off from the world. The main area of the garden has no adjacent rear gardens so its total peaceful privacy. We have always been the entertainment house, given the 4 large downstairs rooms, driveway for ten cars and its situation. Loads of space and the best family Christmases. Our favourite rooms are the cinema room (we will leave the projector, screen and inbuilt surround sound for someone else to enjoy). Also loved our bright uplifting kitchen which was often the heart of the house, underfloor heating in the winter and morning coffee in the Summer on the courtyard outside the breakfast area and the sound of the waterfall - will miss that. But the en-suite is our guilty pleasure - lit with hazy blue floor lights and if you're daring, even has blue hazy water in the shower! Upstairs looks out to trees and the green opposite - the whole area is nothing but green and pretty, we really had the best of everything. Living there feels semi-rural, walking over the road to the green or a few steps further to the old aerodrome with 10 miles of rolling hills and forests to wander through, with sheep cows deer...... Conversely, the transport systems are amazing! 5 mins to the M25, two excellent train stations on different lines, so only 22 mins t Victoria or London Bridge. We also have the loveliest neighbours and community. Always felt so safe in or out of the house in the 17 years that we were there and that is a huge security to know it is such a safe neighbourhood. Why are you selling? Our children are growing up. Our Daughter is 19 and in America studying for the next four years and our son is 13 and plays tennis full time - he moved to an academy in Chiswick which is just too far to travel twice a day from Caterham. In fact, he moved there a year ago but we couldn't bring ourselves to part with our much loved home.....we rented it out and rented somewhere ourselves, which has enabled us to take the emotion out of this and let someone else love it as much as we did/do. So we are moving closer to Chiswick but through obligation rather than choice What do you love about the area? The schools are amazing locally. Both of my children went to Whyteleafe Primary, just a ten min walk down Whyteleafe Hill - its as good as any private school and highly regarded across the community. Our house is in the catchment for three of the best local primary schools - Whyteleafe, St Francis (Catholic) and Audley Also, two excellent state high schools, Warlingham and De Stafford and two of the best private schools, Caterham and Warlingham. We would often have people knocking on our door asking if they could buy our house for that reason! The local shops still have the same owners as to when we first moved there - although there is now a Starbucks and Costa on the doorstep. Tesco, Waitrose and Morrisons are all 5 minutes away. The local doctors and local shops in the valley know everyone, it's a really great community and very family orientated. The fireworks on bonfire night see the entire town come out with (real fire) torches and parade through the town behind the drummers for the best firework show I have been to actually. We have a gym, swimming pool and pub all 5 mins walk away, and 4 wonderful big parks for dogs and kids. Everything is very safe and it's all very underdeveloped in terms of newer apartments, so retains its period charm. It's part of Tandridge council so kept in a pristine condition as they are very into local aesthetics There is a week long festival of music arts and sport - everyone gets involved, it is a big event and again no more than a 15 minute walk from the house Bluewater shopping centre takes 30 mins in the car, or two shopping centres in Croydon and Crawley 15 mins drive. We always benefited from the ten minute drive to Gatwick - a dream after a tiring return journey from hols with the kids! 24 hr m&S food at the end of the road is also worth mentioning - you never know when you might fancy a box of chocs or glass of vino! I built the office in the garden a few years ago and it was my sanctuary. Its served as an office, spare bedroom, bar (!) and gym, so has loads of space to do what you want to it. It is big enough to house 4 desks and has lovely big doors opening onto a lit decking area......I wish I could have taken that with me!

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