Sunday, 22 October 2017

Why life without your car need not be too bizarre

THIS week it’s about the step-step, not the vroom-vroom, as Standard Property looks at homes where you need nothing but your own two legs for living la vida loca

THIS week it’s about the step-step, not the vroom-vroom, as Standard Property looks at homes where you need nothing but your own two legs for living la vida loca.

For some people, it is about social responsibility (i.e. minimising fossil fuel consumption); for others it’s about getting more exercise or saving money. And for some of us, it’s simply about freedom.

With today’s crazy-fast pace of life, it is a simple pleasure to be able to get about under your own steam and on your own terms without being tied down to the limitations and responsibilities of a car.

But no matter what your motivation is, one thing’s for sure, there will be cost savings. Even if you don’t live right in the centre of somewhere, you can bike it.

And if you need to get further afield via train, why not look into the possibility of working from home a few days a week or staggering hours to avoid sitting in traffic? Companies are gradually seeing the benefits of this (employees get more done if left to manage their own time!).



What’s more, the fashion for car-free living is spreading, with vehicles now being banned from many new-homes schemes across London, creating entire car-free communities.

In Shepherds Bush, for instance, the development of Issigonis House has no car park and residents can’t even apply for a street permit. Instead, they get free membership of a car club and bicycle stores.

With this in mind, Standard Property has found a selection of places in Henley where you can walk or cycle to your regional requisites. Happy stepping!



Greys Road



SURELY, if you can afford a house that starts with a “3” you can afford a taxi to take you to work every day?

Then again, the kids will always need to get around under their own steam, which is one of the many reasons this rather large property at the far end of Greys Road is a good choice.

It is an amazing property, all ready for you to move in to, with all the modern conveniences you’d expect â?? and yet it is only a 15- to 20-minute downhill walk to Henley station and the town centre.

Along with six bedrooms and a bathroom to go with each, expect to find a cinema room, gym and swimming pool in the basement. This place is the choice for those who want to stay in town without giving up any luxuries.

For sale with Knight Frank at a guide price of £3,250,000. Call (01491) 844900 for more information.



Fairmile



A SPANKING new stable conversion, the high-spec Old Stabling has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception rooms, and would suit downsizers with a bit of dosh, or a professional couple who need their home life to be state-of-the-art and simple.

With pretty gardens and Juliet balconies, drive and garage, this is 1,732 sq ft of modern delights wrapped up in a delicious slice of character, and it’s only a (flat) five to 10-minute walk to the centre of Henley.

For sale with Knight Frank at a recently reduced price of £1,250,000. Call (01491) 844900 for more information.



New Street



THIS pretty Grade II-listed timber framed cottage in the town centre comes with a price tag to match at £1.19million, but you get what you pay for and this is an absolute car-free gem in the heart of New Street with the river, shops and restaurants right on the doorstep.

Accommodation is flexible and over three floors (there are three bedrooms plus another two potential bedrooms that are currently being used as offices) and the downstairs is pretty roomy for a cottage.

The kitchen is lovely, with an Aga and a stable door out to the back courtyard which is a sun trap and offers water features, box hedges, and a delightful wisteria and rose arbour.

For sale with Knight Frank at a guide price of £1,190,000.

Call (01491) 844900 for more information.



Thameside



LOCALS know this next wonderful property as the long-standing Barry Keene Art Gallery.

Barry has been working in the art world for 52 years and his wife Jill has worked with him, helping with the framing and running the office since 1971.

With them both retiring, No 12 Thameside (parts of which date from the 1500s) can once more become a residential property, transforming the two-bed, two-reception, one-bathroom space into a whole lot more.

“Planning permission has been obtained for change of use from existing retail use to a residential dwelling, requiring minimal disruption to the interior structure,” said Trevor Michel at Simmons & Sons, which is marketing the property.

The real wow is the fact that it directly faces the River Thames.

“It is so convenient to be able to pop up into the town whenever you want,” said Barry Keene, who says his gallery will remain open for business until the building is sold.

For sale with Simmons & Sons. Offers in excess of £795,000. Call (01491) 571111 for more information.



Gravel Hill



THIS two-bedroom, two-bathroom number in Gravel Hill is particularly special.

It’s just off the market square and teeming with character features such as an inglenook fireplace and exposed beams â?? yet it has a gorgeous large-for-Henley garden which faces full south.

For sale with Peers & Hilton at a guide price of £600,000. Call (01491) 411066 for more information.



Albert Road



IT may be Henley, but that doesn’t mean it all has to be olde worlde.

This two-bedroom one/two-bathroom Victorian terraced property at 36 Albert Road (very central as it’s just behind Duke Street) comes straight from the pages of Livingetc magazine.

You may even be able to extend into the loft for extra space. Not to your taste? Local firm Peers & Hilton is offering a number of central Henley properties in the £400,000 to £600,000 price band at the moment, all of which would be ideal for car-free living.

For sale with Peers & Hilton at a guide price of £495,000. Call (01491) 411066 for more information.

Greys Hill

ON the doorstep of two very good state primary schools, in a quiet characterful oasis yet less than half a mile to Henley train station, this pretty two-bedroom Victorian terraced cottage has a garden with handy outside store, an upstairs bathroom and a basement for use as an extra room.

(Standard Property’s tip: don’t expect this one to stay on the market for long!)

“Situated in arguably one of the most sought after and established roads in the centre of Henley, this attractive ‘cottage’ is currently owned by an artist and is well presented,” says Neil Burton, sales valuer at Romans’ Henley branch.

“Other owners on the street have converted their basement into an office or third bedroom.”

For sale with Romans at a price of £425,000.

Call (01491) 412888 for more information.



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