Mr Clarke thinks :
The well-balanced original features, like the hidden staircase, are so lovely.
Perched on the corner of Hamlet Road sits a picture of Britishness; this two bedroom Victorian beauty is a confluence of delicious features including beams galore, exposed brick and parquet flooring. The traditional and modern design notes and thoroughly eclectic aesthetic brought together by the owners has created one super cosy, warm-hearted place to live.
This corner plot offers up a wonderful view of the home and its frontage. That icy blue door luring you in, over the picket fence and across the shrub lined front garden, is all the convincing you need to view this home set North-West of Solihull, not far from Kings Heath. Bay window nestled into the lounge, a porch that has been thoughtfully renovated to include a nifty downstairs shower room and eye-catching colour palettes, all welcome you in within your first few steps, as you untie your shoes in the quaint porch.
This home is an immersive blend of country cottage, Arts & Crafts homage, and modern sensibility of exposed brickwork and bare natural materials. Every corner of this home offers something new, something inviting and so welcoming. The picture rail that runs across most downstairs spaces is old school yes, but a nod to the era, reminiscent of days gone by and updated by the cyclical nature of design.
The unusual layout is a breath of fresh air, with the kitchen situated to the front side of the house. The style is contemporary cottage. Crisp white shaker style cabinets meets exposed brickwork framing the window which looks out onto the side of the garden. Complete with bright white metro tiles and a composite resin sink, this space is perfectly proportioned, and considerate in its neutral tones. Pantry style cupboards complete the ensemble and, no need to worry about laundry as that little utility has been included in a separate building toward the back of the garden. The owners have thought of everything to maximise this space, inside and out.
The living room and dining space are where the overall aesthetic plays with the cottage interior and whimsy of pattern and print. The living room leans into the convivial nature of cottage living, with its low level bay window offerings views from a cosy armchair. The fireplace and surround, original and polished wooden floors are complimented by the beams above. Here, wall sconces and a recessed nook under the stairs which leads upwards from the living room, offer an insight into how you can transform this living space into a mini sanctuary come the evening.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The interior, a blend of old world meets new, bursting with character.
Through to the back of the house, once again, an Arts & Crafts motif runs true in the dining space. Framed with original oak doors and other furniture accents to compliment, the dining room is a more rustic yet salubrious space for entertaining and connects to the orangery/conservatory, the extended portion of the house which draws the natural light in from the skylight roof and takes a little step into a more modern space. Bare brick walls and floors are rustic and authentic, with space for a large sofa for chilling out and enjoying the atmosphere of being closest to the garden.
The staircase, concealed from sight in the lounge is an iconic feature of this home. Wooden beams run in every direction, guiding you upstairs. Plastered walls in between allows for prints and pictures to be hung. It feels like a piece of history, hidden in your home.
When you reach the upstairs, two lovely bedrooms are waiting, both reflecting cottage charm that comes with the oak doors and skirting, flowing down to the bare wooden floors. The principle bedroom to the front has a fireplace with beautiful tile surround and the ceiling nudges into the eves of the house, maximising on space and most importantly, headroom.
The bathroom is beautifully designed, making use of a built-in storage cupboard to keep those towels to hand and a free-standing tub draws the eye immediately. In true Victorian style, a high-level cistern is in place and the flooring is a marble tile.
Outside, the charm offensive continues. Naturally sectioned by a gravel seating area to the side, the perfect spot for picnic style dining, a curved lawn spot and small patio that hosts the laundry room, there is space for all and a wonderfully established border that softens the edges. A pergola has been erected close to the orangery for natural shade and another zone for relaxing outside. The garden space, has had some lovely modern updates however it never strays from the real feeling of the home inside. There is even a quirky outdoor fireplace, which houses logs, reflecting back the design style of the home.
- Setting : Hall Green is perfectly positioned between Solihull and Birmingham and enjoys its own community spirit.
- Three words : Beam me up!
Our favourite part
This home is playful and yet seriously stylish.
The leafiest part of Birmingham
Ranked the sixth hottest property hotspot in the UK, this pretty and well connected suburb of Birmingham is adorned with green spaces. The River Cole has a major part to play, thanks to the Shire Country Park which runs through Hall Green. It's a great place to walk the dogs, bring a picnic and wildlife watch.
Other notable places include Trittiford Mill Park and Sarehole Mill (fun fact: JRR Tolkien imagined places like Middle-Earth and Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings saga from visiting). Nearby golf courses include Moseley and Robin Hood Golf Clubs, as well as Fox Hollies Sports Centre which has football pitches, a running track, gym, squash courts and swimming pool also can take your fancy in terms of after school or weekend activity.
Transport to/from Birmingham centre from this area couldn't be easier. Bus stops galore take you within half an hour and the train in about 20 minutes to Moor Street Station.
"But what about the schools?" we hear you ask. Well, Hall Green Junior School and Hall Green Infants are the chosen schools in this area. With excellent facilities, Hall Green Secondary is and due to Hall Green Train Station being only 5 minutes walk away, it’s in catchment for Birmingham University School as well.
The perfect place to call home
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Pack your bags kids, we're off shopping - Touchwood Shopping Centre is within 3 miles.
- Supermarket: Prestigious Waitrose is right in the centre.
- Kitchen - Modest size, crisp, clean interior style with built-in oven and hob.
- Living spaces - A choice of three spaces for relaxing, entertaining and eating.
- Downstairs - Compact yet well-stocked with functionality, including a downstairs shower.
- Bedrooms - Two equally lovely rooms with wooden floorboards and oak doors.
- Bathrooms - A main bathroom with roll-top bath and Victorian high level cistern is supported by the additional shower room downstairs.
- Upstairs - Balanced and beautiful.
- Outside - A wonderful blend of spaces from lawn to lounging area and outdoor dining. Established borders and added design touches bring it all together.
- Potential - This home has potential to have 2 storey extension and significant increase in value over time.
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- Local authority: Birmingham.
- Council Tax band: D.