A classically and elegantly presented Victorian town house in a prime residential area, located off Lexden Road. The Avenue is in one of the most prestigious locations within the town. Presenting gault brick elevations with stucco detailing under a slate roof and understood to date from around 1860, the property has been beautifully maintained throughout. Set across four floors and extending to some 3,224 sq. ft the house offers light, classically proportioned, well laid out and tastefully presented accommodation.
The property retains many of its original features, including high ceilings, deep skirtings and ornate cornicing along with fully operational concertina oak shutters and sash windows, a grand main staircase and galleried landing, supplementary servants staircase and an original timber conservatory, which is believed to one of only two left standing in the street.
Glazed double doors open from an entrance vestibule into a central hall. The principle living areas lead from this central hall and a grand staircase ascends to a galleried first floor landing. A Bespoke fitted kitchen with 'AGA' and stone worktops with bay opening out onto the front garden through full height shuttered sash windows. The sitting room with feature fireplace inset with a cast iron stove and decorative marble over mantle and surround. Glazed double doors lead to a original timber conservatory with ornate oval glazing. Adaptable room described as dining room off the rear lobby with a cloakroom, interconnects with shower room and utility/boot room. Servants' stairs lead down to a series of basement rooms to include; cellar; workshop; store and coal bunker.
The first floor landing incorporates a study area above the entrance vestibule, two very large bedrooms with decorative fireplaces, and a spacious 'Jack and Jill' bathroom. Access to the second floor via servants' staircase with WC on half landing. Second floor landing has a large skylight window, three generous double bedrooms with ornate fireplaces and a supplementary bathroom. All bedrooms a generous double size rooms with ornate fireplaces.
Approached over a gravelled drive through twin brick pillars with five bar gate, the front garden is laid to lawn, hidden from the street behind mature shrub beds. A gated side access leads through a secluded patio area into a tree lined garden with westerly aspect and attractive decking which leads out from the conservatory.
The property occupies a prominent location on The Avenue, which lies off the highly desirable Lexden road, a conservation area and a short distance to the west of Colchester Town centre. The area offers diverse shopping facilities and the property is within the catchment area for many excellent schools including the Girls' High School, Colchester Royal Grammar School, St Marys and the 6th Form College. Colchester North main line station serving London’s Liverpool Street lies about one mile to the north (55 minutes to London) and there is good access to the A12 approximately 3 miles away.
Colchester lies at the head of the River Colne which offers opportunities for sailing at Brightlingsea and West Mersea and, to the east, the Walton Backwaters and the River Stour from Titchmarsh Marina. Colchester is home to a number of golf courses, cricket clubs and the centre of an active community as well as being home to the Mercury Theatre and Essex University. Read more