Our home is a late Victorian three bedroom terrace house, which we’ve extensively extended and renovated over the last few years.
Downstairs is a lounge, cloakroom/utility room and open plan kitchen/dining/garden room, with bi-fold doors that open out onto a deck and garden. The first floor has the master bedroom (kingsize bed), a single bedroom and family bathroom (separate bath and shower). The attic has a large third bedroom, currently with a double bed and cot. The deck and garden are kitted out with outdoor sofa seating, dining table, BBQ and playhouse.
In our renovations, given the age of the house, we have tried to get a good balance of keeping original features while modernising to make an easy-to-live in family home. The finish is high throughout (although there are a few minor things still left to do on the to-do-list!). More photos will follow soon.
Having children, the house is child-friendly and kitted out with kids paraphernalia (cot, travel cot, high-chair, changing table, bath chair, play mats, toys etc etc). We are also opposite the local heath which includes a playground and woods (literally directly across the road). But once the children are asleep we don’t like the feeling of living in a crèche, so the kids stuff either blends in or is hidden away (so would suit a couple as much as a family). The lounge is the child-free retreat.
Both the front and garden rooms have televisions, free-view and DVD players.
We have cleaner who comes weekly.
Our car may also be available as part of the swap(Audi A4).
St Albans itself is a great location with lots of amenities. It’s an historical market city, having been involved in all sorts of British history: amongst other things we’ve numerous Roman ruins, a spectacular cathedral, historical buildings of all eras and a market that still runs in the centre of town twice a week .
Location wise, our home is a 10-15 minute walk into the centre of St Albans and also to the train station. We’re only 20 minutes away from London by train while also having the countryside on our doorstep and great links to the rest of the country. The 20 minutes fast train into London St Pancras International means you can be in central London well within the hour (door to door). Or if you want to go further afield, London St Pancras is the Eurostar station, so Paris is just over three hours away. The M25 is approx a 10 minute drive away, as is the M1 (main motorway north). London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted are all approx 30-50 minutes away (LHR and STN driving and LUT train and bus/cab). We are driving in the countryside within minutes.
St Albans itself has great amenities. Lots of shopping options, with a great mix of high street and independent shops (every day and high end). If you want to go further afield, as well as London there is the choice of two shopping centres approx 20-30 minutes away (Brent Cross and Watford. Food is taken very seriously, with dozens of restaurants, gastropubs, the biweekly markets, a farmer’s market once a month, regular visits by a travelling French market, various food and beer festivals and several supermarkets that deliver. And St Albans is reputed to have the most pubs per square mile in Britain...