Mr Clarke thinks :
Gentrified Knowle has all the gifts of modern and traditional living combined.
Set within beautiful Knowle, just a short walk from the beating heart of the village, Warwick Road has old world charm in its location, but new age impact in its design. This is a house with wow factor.
This is high specification and high drama, from the moment you walk in the front door. A timber staircase and herringbone engineered parquet flooring welcomes you into a magnificent double height space. When you’re done with the school run/working day/or even coming home from an evening stroll, you’ll feel welcome and at ease as soon as you turn the key in that door. Above the front door sits a large expanse of glass, a modern take on the ‘Borrowed Light’ of more traditional doorsets. This is the first of many light harnessing powers this house beholds; the owners have renovated the property with light and calmness in mind.
From the crisp white hallway through to the main living areas, first you are treated to a glimpse of a snug, and quite an impressive sized snug at that. Currently used as a playroom, this handsome, inky toned space would make an ideal lair for late evening nightcaps and card games or simply snoozing on a Sunday afternoon.
Into the main space, it is clear what makes this home so special. It is reinvigorating, with the sliding doors offering an immediate connection to the outdoors; it is quirky with its very bold take on open plan living; and it is impressive, everything on display, contemporary and light-filled. The nine metre wide sliding doors move across the entire width of the back of the house, offering stunning views of the garden and across a paddock to the sheep grazing in the field.
In the kitchen space, a nifty integrated beer tap, with concealed beer keg kept in the broom cupboard and two electric ovens, including two further warming drawers and an induction hob, make this kitchen a baker's paradise. It is one slick kitchen, stylishly thought out. Take in the full width mirror which has been added behind the sink area, to reflect the outdoors from every angle. Large skylights flood the space with light and, elsewhere, recessed spotlights up the ambience come nightfall. It has been documented that a Christmas hosting 21 guests has been held in this space - just imagine the joy and laughter. A concealed downstairs WC sits near the garage to the front of the home. Currently used as a gym and utility space, this rough and ready room has bags of potential.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The bold architectural statement of the kitchen, its slick lines and monochrome palette will never date.
Throughout Warwick Road, Deuren luxury internal doorsets flow, adding a softer, more earthy touch to this otherwise pristine home. The oak tones connect beautifully with the engineered parquet flooring and give a softness as you head upstairs.
Set off a mezzanine landing, the bedrooms are all equally beautifully designed, calming and luxurious. The main bedroom has recessed hue smart track lighting and a panelled wall for texture. This room naturally comes with an en suite, porcelain tiled from floor to ceiling with a wet room shower. Everything is built-in and concealed, making for a flawless finish. Large windows open up onto the fields at the rear of the house.
Three further bedrooms (one currently serving its time as an office) are equally beautiful and serve as simple canvases, waiting to be lived in. Every room can accommodate a double bed, meaning growing families need not shuffle around. The main bathroom has a marble effect tile and concrete style floor with a large free-standing bath tub and floating sink. It is spa-like.
At the front, next to the driveway, two beautiful magnolia trees sit, with a private hedgerow separating from the neighbours. However, it is out at the back of the house, past that nine metres of impressive sliding glass, where joy truly comes home. The single level garden is not one dimensional; where a porcelain patio and hardwood decked area zone the outdoor space and slatted fence panels add a contemporary touch. It is the low picket fence, with sight lines of the field of sheep, that makes this home a showstopper.
- Plot Twist : A garage space, currently used as a gym and utility, that is waiting to be transformed into a further living space.
- Three words : Slick and light-filled.
Our favourite part
That impressive nine metres of sliding glass.
A modern town with charm
Knowle is a charming town steeped in history and full of busy modern life. There are a whole host of uber cool bars, cafes, restaurants and shops and just about all the amenities you could wish for. Not to mention the tip top and seriously sought after schools, both private and state options.
There is plenty to keep kids entertained from scouts and guides, drama and tennis clubs, cricket, golf and football teams and every activity in between. The flexible workers love coffee (or maybe the gin) at Oktogon and the friendly vibe and stunning goods at The Bread Collection. The locals now have The Ale Rooms, a new craft beer hangout for the discerning drinker, plus Loki for the wine connoisseurs, Bonds for the cocktail lovers and Jacques for the fine diners. Knowle is no longer just a High Street...
There are some lovely canal-side walks to help you blow out the cobwebs after work or if you just fancy a long Sunday ramble. Mrs Clarke loves the fact that she can brunch with friends in one of the lovely cafes before they set off for a brisk walk to burn off the calories.
Car, Bus and Rail Transport connections are excellent. Knowle is just minutes away from the Midlands Motorway Network with the M42 having links to the M1, M5, M6 and the M40, 1.5 miles from Dorridge Train Station and 6 miles from Birmingham Airport. Solihull is a mere 10 minute drive for retail therapy heaven.
A bustling High Street, a cracking Artisan Boulangerie, a super cool Gin Bar and National Trust walks on your doorstep. What more could you ask for?
- Closest village/town: Dorridge and Lapworth
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: The Bread Collection for Artisan bread, fine pastries and fabulous filter coffee
- Supermarket: Tesco Metro and just 3.5 miles from Waitrose, Solihull darling
- Pubs: Oktogon, Ale Rooms and The Vault
- Walks: National Houses: Baddesley Clinton or Packwood House are both a great stroll from Knowle or if you fancy a canalside walk, there’s Knowle Locks just an 11 minute walk from the High Street.
- Tenure - Freehold.
- Downstairs - Thoughtfully designed to offer maximum living and entertaining opportunities for all the family.
- Kitchen - An open, connective space with some serious mod cons, including beer machine and two warming drawers for keen bakers. A Quooker Hot Water Tap, dual sinks and integrated wine fridge complete the line up. Dekton worktops run the length and breadth of the cabinets.
- Living spaces - Open and relaxed, modern and effortless, transitioning from dining, to chilling and entertaining. Underfloor heating sweeps throughout.
- Upstairs - Beautifully styled, equally proportioned.
- Bedrooms - Equally proportioned and light filled rooms from each side of the house.
- Bathrooms - A mixture of en suites, downstairs WC and main bathroom, all stylish and spa-like.
- Outside - A beautifully simple, single level garden with clever zoning overlooking a paddock leading on from a low picket.
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- Broadband speed - 1 Gigabit (super duper fast).
- Local authority - Solihull.
- Council Tax band - G.