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4 Bedroom detached house Ashley Gardens, Lexden £695,000

Relaxing in her light home in a peaceful corner of Lexden, the current owner of the property on Ashley Gardens reflects on the past six years at her home.

Everything about the property has been designed by her to meet her own lifestyle requirements and those of her family.
"There was a single-storey home on the plot when I bought it," she explains. "I chose it because I liked its location on a quiet cul-de-sac in Lexden. I had been living in the area for 20 years and my son was going to the grammar school.
"The position was perfect for me but instead of changing the existing house, I decided to completely rebuild it to create somewhere that was completely new and was exactly what I wanted."

The prestigious Lexden location was of paramount importance to her. Not only would it give her son easy access to school but it was also within reach of everything she required too.
The area has good proximity to exclusive shops and amenities, as well as good connections to the A12, providing links to the M25.
"It is very easy to walk into town from here, where is a range of shops and leisure facilities. You can also reach Colchester railway station quickly and from there it only takes approximately 55 minutes to reach London Liverpool Street."

Lexden is desirable for its leafy surroundings, sizeable homes, interesting architecture and good access to outdoor spaces. Lexden Park has some old parkland and mature woodland adjoining a wildflower meadow and an ornamental lake. It was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1991. The mature oaks in the south-eastern corner, probably 400 years old, are a particular feature and from near here there are also views of Lexden Dyke, an earthwork dating from the 1st century AD.
"This is an ideal location for a family and this road is particularly pleasant," she adds. "I do hope to be able to stay in the area when I move."

It will be hard to leave the modern five or six bedroom home that has been such a labour of love for her, however.
"I like everything about this place because it is unique," she admits. "This house was designed by me to be a magnificent family home, with light, airy spaces and plenty of room for welcoming guests."
Visitors to the property find themselves stepping into an airy reception hall, which leads on to the beautifully presented dining room, drawing room and kitchen breakfast room.
"The interior has a very contemporary feel; it is welcoming and light throughout the whole day," she adds.

The comfortable drawing room, with its feature fireplace is a long space, which is perfect for entertaining. Opening into the kitchen at one end, it is very easy for guests to mill about between the spaces.
"This house could be perfect for someone who enjoys hosting big parties," she says.
At the front of the house is a second reception room, which could become a formal dining room, playroom, study or even sixth bedroom for new owners.
"There is plenty of space in the kitchen for a dining table. This is positioned next to the doors on to the garden, offering a lovely view while you are dining.
"The whole kitchen is a beautiful space and I spent a lot of time planning it: I love cooking and was eager for everything to be perfect. The kitchen itself is a German design and features an island that I wanted in the shape of a grand piano."

Upstairs, the bedrooms also offer great flexibility. Two of the larger bedrooms have their own en suite bathrooms. Another has a dressing room and an enormous walk-in storage area.
All the bedrooms feel bright and airy, and, with vaulted and sloping ceilings, also have lots of character.
"Once again, I have chosen to decorate these rooms in a very contemporary style," she explains. "I wanted the whole house to feel very modern and bright."
It is, however, a home that could be adapted to suit the needs of new owners, she suggests.
"I am going to miss the space and all the detail that has gone into this house but I know someone else will come in now and enjoy it as much as I have."

The garden at the Ashley Gardens house has been designed to be low maintenance, while also offering interest.There is an entertaining terrace for outdoor dining and relaxation, overlooking an immaculate lawn and flower beds."This has all been landscaped to my own design and I love to spend as much time as possible out there in the summer," says the owner.In front of the house is a large driveway offering plenty of parking for family members and visitors.
The property is a short stroll to the town centre with its diverse shopping facilities and is also within easy reach of excellent choice of schooling facilities including Girls High School, Royal Grammar, Oxford House, Colchester High School, St Marys and the Sixth Form College. Colchester's North Station is also in easy access serving London's Liverpool Street with approximate journey time of 55 minutes. The property also enjoys excellent access to the A12 southbound at junction 27, and north and southbound at junction 26.
Ashley Gardens is ideally situated for families and commuters alike with easy access to the town centre. The town itself offers a variety of national retailers and specialist shops and has a vibrant nightlife with restaurants catering for most tastes, plus a multi screen cinema and two theatres. Trains from Colchester take approximately 55 minutes to London Liverpool Street Station. There is also a range of excellent private and state schools, with the house being within the Hamilton Primary School and Phillip Morant School catchment areas. The A12, which connects with the M25, heads south towards London or north to Ipswich, with Stansted being the nearest international airport

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