Set back from its wide expanse of paved driveway, a warm, 1930s frontage of red brick, wood-peaked gable and gently curving bay windows greets you. Come closer to examine the kaleidoscope-colours of the bespoke stained-glass windows of the front door. The illumination looks even better from the other side…come on in.
Pushing open the wide, reclamation front door, emerge into the handy porch, spying ahead of you the inviting hallway.
Discover instantly, the laid-back, welcoming personality of Antrobus Road; around you echoes of its 1930s origins abound – softened by a veneer of contemporary luxury. The stained glass in the porch is a modern addition, styled on original 1930s designs from the locale; the traditional 1930s half-length window-door was sourced from a reclamation yard.
Even the thick oak doors lining the entrance hall have been dipped, stripped and carefully repainted in the original style…right down to the hand-sourced original beehive door handles for that true thirties look.
Richly-grained, inch-and-a-half thick acacia-wood floors stretch out underfoot. Sourced from a timber yard in Thailand, trace the whorls with your eye as the colours subtly change from dark American walnut to strands of platinum blonde.
Ahead of you, the spindled staircase leads up, lined in a stylish striped carpet runner of olive greens and burnt burgundy. Opulent Designer’s Guild wallpaper to the left complements the gilded chandelier lighting, the gentle illumination of which is embellished by contemporary spotlighting.
Beneath the stairs, discover a clever storage cupboard, lined with front-facing doors providing easy access. Ideal for coats and boots and other essentials. Beyond, your slate-floored downstairs WC offers simple, stylish service for your guests.
Peek through the first door to your left to discover a surprisingly modern twist; your own personal gym. Located in the converted garage, this clever use of space leads through to a lean-to for additional storage needs, and there is even a utility area at the rear.
Pause a moment and consider…could this be the perfect space for your two storey extension?
Slip back to the hallway and across to your sitting room. Brimming with old world charm, note the re-creation picture rails and tall skirting boards all fresh and new, in a tasteful nod to the past.
Ahead, a rustic gas-plumbed fireplace offers an elegant focal point. Light, welcoming and decorated in neutral earthy tones, bring your guests in here for a pre-dinner drink by the broad bay windows. Or, why not make this perfectly positioned snug your dining room? Square, glass-paned double doors lead through into the kitchen, for the ultimate ease of service.
What’s cooking? Accessed from the entrance hall or through from the sitting room, follow your nose to discover your zesty modern kitchen.
Real slate tiles create a robust flooring underfoot, combining mellifluously with the rich American-walnut lined units. Stain-resistant, double-edged profile Corian worktops line the surfaces, providing a seamlessly-stylish, clean preparation area for your food.
Each element in this culinary vault has been carefully selected to create the ultimate in epicurean elegance, from the unfurling florals of the chic Designer’s Guild wallpaper to the urban splash of Metro tiles surrounding the double-oven and five-ring burner.
Mirrored splash-backs add further light and depth to this invigorating cooking space, where secreted wine racks, dishwasher and microwave mingle with silver fittings that sparkle beneath contemporary spotlighting.
This breakfast kitchen, with its sociable central seating, is a place in which to savour good food, in good company.
Beyond, lies your conservatory, the perfect indoor-extension to your vast expanse of garden. Escape the heat of summer in here with a cool drink and a page-turner, what could be better?
Returning to the entrance hall, discover one further door leading to the airy and light lounge. Tucked privately to the rear, this serene space is the perfect place in which to escape and unwind.
Light flows in through the full width French doors, picking out the subtly repeating pattern of earthy tones, slate greys and warm acacia wood that lend their nuanced touches to each room in number 68.
An ornamental fireplace decorates one wall, with plenty of space on the surrounding walls for your favourite sofas and side tables.
So peaceful; sit back and gaze out into the unfurling greenery beyond. Or, better still, slip out the French doors and toast the last light of the day on your lavishly-sized patio. This is the life.
Follow us as we ascend, to discover your sleeping quarters.
From your spacious landing, push open the door to the left and step into a large, bright bedroom. Light flows through from adjacent windows, making for such a cheerful space. The perfect bedroom for any teenage son or daughter; positioned next to the bathroom for convenience and above the garage to allow for musical experimentation in peace and privacy!
To the right, a frosted glass door ensures a perfectly light and airy family bathroom. Continuing the theme of natural slate and acacia, in here discover a free-standing pristine bath and separate, wide-based shower cubicle. Odyssey-style tiles adorn the feature wall for that laid-back urban appeal.
Further fittings include a floating Corian-esque sink and tall, rotating mirror cabinet containing shelves for all your lotions and potions.
Spotless and gleaming, this is a bathroom to do your family proud.
To the front centre of your upstairs lies your most modestly sized bedroom. Another frosted door makes the most of the internal light, whilst a bay window invites in sunlight from outside. Quirky, stretched-fabric with a geographical twist elevates this room to new heights. Sunny and bright, this could make a cosy nursery. Or why not situate your study in here? It could even make a useful ironing room.
Next door awaits your bountiful second bedroom. So sumptuous and spacious, this airy room rivals the master bedroom in terms of comfort and outlook. Designer’s Guild wallpaper embellishes all the bedrooms and in here, peony pinks mingle with soft chocolate tones. Enjoy fresh filter coffee in bed on the weekends, as the sun rises beyond your bay window.
And so to bed. Step through into the master suite, nestled to the rear of the home. So quiet and private (no one overlooks you here), it won’t take you long to realise why this chamber is king amongst the bedrooms.
Overlooking the leaf-lined canopy beyond your window, wake up to the golden glow of sunrise through the branches below.
OWNER QUOTE: “What’s really brilliant is, if you get up at dawn all the trees at the back become golden, at any time of the year. It’s a mesmerising start to the day.”
In the morning, stand by your full, inwardly-opening windows and listen to the harmonies of the dawn chorus as the birds flit amongst the branches. Such a relaxing way to start the day!
Slip through into your Moroccan-style, tiled modern en-suite. More slate grey marries with pristine off-white tiles, for a soothing and chic showering experience.
Time now to explore the green slice of paradise outside. Come with us as we take a stroll about the far-reaching garden of 68 Antrobus Road.
The longest on the road, and not overlooked, your garden also backs onto a delightful little copse called The Spinney. Local legend has it that Lord Antrobus decreed that this land should be left untouched for residents to enjoy, when he gave over the land for development in the thirties.
Fact or fiction, we love a home with a tale to tell, so ponder this rumour as you stroll amongst the large oak trees with the pooch; The Spinney is the perfect dog-walking spot, right on your doorstep.
A fabulous family garden, the far-reaching stretch of lawn is perfect for ball games, picnics and adventures. Cocooned in your own emerald paradise, why not build a tree-house for the kids in the hollow at the back?
A forever home?
A spacious detached four-bedroomed family home in its own right…this home also has massive scope for developing your dreams…in all directions.
Utterly unique – this is the only detached home on Antrobus Road with the possibility to extend up and out, eight feet in lieu of the lean-to. Create a wide garage with an automatic door in addition to a substantial utility room? Upstairs, you could make your current bathroom even bigger, extend the larger front bedroom and even go up into the attic for a penthouse dream master-suite.
For the ultimate in modern open plan living, why not create a horseshoe link to the kitchen from the lounge, merging with the conservatory?
The garden itself invites the addition of a full-width annex to the rear. A secluded, tree-screened spot would make the perfect place for such a development. Could this be the ideal place for your work from home business-venture? Or even an independent base for a loved one?
Perfect as it stands, yet fizzing with potential for growth should your needs demand it…this is the home that keeps on giving.
Out and about
Pull on your coat and let’s explore the locale. A turn or two down the road, discover one of the best schools in Birmingham: Boldmere Infant and Nursery School, top-Ofsted rated and ranked as one of the most desirable schools in Birmingham.
Boldmere Road is perhaps one of the last vestiges of the traditional ‘high street’, From cafes to delicatessens, hairdressers to libraries; if you need it, chances are you’ll find it here.
A mixture of small independent shops and established supermarket chains such as Tesco Express and Sainsbury’s Local, this eclectic high street is on hand for all your needs.
With a plethora of restaurants in the vicinity you could dine out in a new venue every night, but for those special occasions why not try Pizza by Goli for classic Italian dining in a convivial atmosphere.
For fresh air, exercise and adventure, you are perfectly positioned to head into Sutton Park, the largest urban park in Europe. Take the kids on a bike ride through the woodland, or hire a boat and head out onto the lakes.
Whether you are looking to enjoy a morning jog amidst the free roaming horses, or simply sit back watching the sun set into the lake, Sutton Park is the perfect place to enjoy the best of the outdoors.
For retail therapy, Sutton town centre is less than two miles away, whilst up Chester Road a comprehensive retail village is within easy reach.
Best of all, this home is only a 25-minute drive in rush hour to the centre of Birmingham – every commuter’s dream!
Whether you’re a professional couple, or an expanding family, come and find your forever home here: a classically leafy thirties home, tailored for contemporary life with space for you to grow.