Mr Clarke thinks :
The attention to detail and the exemplary finish
From the outside you would be excused in assuming this is a normal, large 1920’s family home sitting on a desirable road a short stroll from Solihull. But from the moment you open the font door the traditional ends and the modern takes over - 57, Broad Oaks Road is a stunning property that has been thoughtfully extended and re-modelled. The result is a beautiful and stylish home.
Cross & Craig Architects have led the modernisation and extension project with the brief of creating a family home with large spacious rooms whilst retaining original features. The house was completely renovated throughout, with no cost spared - re-plastering, a complete renewal of all the electrics and central heating system. Design and tech features include under floor heating and CAT6 connections.
The downstairs is centred around a vast entrance hall with original wood panelling painted in a soft white and grey, making it light and bright. Glass doors lead into the huge open-plan kitchen, dining room, living space with bifold doors framing the big garden - it is a stunning room that is perfect for the whole family to be together.
Another door off the entrance hall leads into a large sitting room with beautiful feature fireplace - this room has the interior designers touch and has been sumptuously decorated. The bifold doors in this room make it effortless to wander in and out of on those sunny days and children will love the freedom. There is a third reception room downstairs that has a cosy and intimate feel. We can imagine curling up with a cold drink and a good book in front of the Chesney log burner. There is also a utility room, oversized storage cloakroom and an integral garage on the ground floor.
Outside there is a mature rear garden that has been split into three areas - a patio space that spills out from the house, which is an extra room in good weather. Then there is a large lawn for playing, and at the rear an orchard with a second patio and room for a shed, garden office or tree house. At the front of the house is a large drive and front lawn.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The flow of the home is effortless. It is a perfect family home
Upstairs you find six bedrooms - five large doubles and one single bedroom (currently used as an office). The Brintons pure velvet carpets are beautiful to walk on and look at. The Master bedroom boasts bespoke fitted wardrobes, Juliette balcony and a stunning en-suite bathroom. Our favourite bedroom is the second room with a huge window overlooking the garden and painted wood floors.
The Family Bathroom is spacious and can deal with the morning rush of kids cleaning teeth, dads jumping in a shower and mums relaxing their aching muscles after the morning run.
It is rare to find a home that is so effortless, stylish and large enough to cope with family life. This is a stunning and hard working house that is ready for its next adventure.
- Property : Six bedrooms, three reception rooms and a gorgeous garden
- Style : A magical modern makeover
- Three words : Modern. Family. Home
Our favourite part
The charming atmosphere mixed with the modern vibe
Solihull is officially the best place to live in the UK.
Is there anything more lovely than strolling through Tudor Grange Park or playing with the dog in Brueton Park, safe in the knowledge that in five minutes you’ll be having a hot chocolate and cakes in one of the country’s leading branches of John Lewis followed by – who knows? – a movie or a wander around the high end boutiques of Mell Square? Of course there isn’t. That’s why Solihull has been declared the best place to live in the UK.
Solihull’s motto is urbs in rure (town in the country). It thus marries verdancy and shopping, which is just what we all really want - Isn't it?
The state and independent schools are great. Ruckleigh School was voted Best Independent Prep School in 2014.
Transport links are superb with the M42 connecting you to London by road, the train zipping you into Birmingham and even an airport.
There are sports clubs, green spaces, countryside day trips and lots more on your doorstep.
If you want to enjoy higher incomes, better employment rates and longer life expectancies, then you better move to Solihull!
- Closest village/town: So many villages, towns and cities within reach.
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Oh we love a bit of John Lewis
- Supermarket: Take your pick
- Pubs: Our favourite local is The Farm
- Walks: Brueton Park is lovely
- Location -- 10 minute walk to Solihull town centre, 7 min walk to Solihull station (trains to Birmingham and London direct). Prestigious well-regarded road.
- Technology -- Superfast broadband available. There is a Virgin fibre cable in road. Good mobile coverage. Alarm fitted with movement sensors . Bespoke network hub installed.
- Plot -- 1252 square metres / 0.31 acre
- Downstairs -- 3 reception rooms. Large panneled entrance hall with art deco staircase and stained glass window. Panaget French engineered oak flooring. Relaxed lounge with Chesney log burner. Formal lounge with 5 panel bi-folding doors and Bellfires fire river mounted in quartzite tiles. Large downstairs cloakroom with shelving and hanging rails. Downstairs loo, underfloor heated tiled floor.
- Kitchen -- Large open plan cooking, dining and living space. Atrium over dining area with sun protection glass. 3 panel bi-folding doors. Underfloor heated tiled floor. Bontempi designer Italian kitchen with Siemens appliances and Corian tops. Island with seating lip. Gas hob on island with feature extractor. Siemens American fridge freezer. Built in dishwasher and microwave. 2 ovens. Bespoke pot/pan extending corner cupboard and pull-out food pantry unit.
- Utility -- With sink hot/cold water, spaces for tumble drier and washing machine plus storage. Room has under floor heating, extractor fan.
- Bedrooms -- 5 large double and one single bedroom (currently used as an office). Bespoke fitted wardrobes in master and second bedroom. Brintons pure velvet carpet. One bedroom with feature painted wood floor. Master with floor to ceiling windows/doors with Juliet balcony.
- Bathrooms -- Family bathroom in floor to ceiling travertine stone tiles with feature Alessi for Laufen sink/unit. Large feature inset/lit mirror. Freestanding bath. Walk-in rain shower. Ensuite to master in marble effect floor to ceiling porcelain tiles. Laufen sanitaryware. Rain shower in oversized shower with sliding door. Electric underfloor heating to both bathrooms.
- Garden -- North East Facing. Orchard at rear plus children’s play area. Garden large enough for ball games. Very established and strategically planted, each month brings out a different colour through the beds.
- Tenure -- Freehold
- EPC -- C
- Council -- Solihull District Council. Tax Band G