George C Parker, Wansteadium’s property blogger, writes:
Anyone for Tennis?Like everyone else in summertime, I do love watching the tennis. Every June I like to dust off my Fred Perrys, mow the lawn, and then sit down with a refreshing barley water in front of the ladies doubles. And when game, set and match are won at either the Warren Italian Tennis Club, the Drummon Lawn Tennis club, or the Aldersbrook Tennis Club then I sometimes pop the telly on to watch a bit of Sir Cliff in the rain at Wimbledon.
Near to the Lawn Tennis establishment is this charming Arts and Crafts property. The rear garden is small, but with enough space for a Pimms and strawberry break between matches, and there is a glorious greensward to the front of the house.
Closer to the clay club is this well-situated Overton Drive property. The price looks good – as dear McEnroe would say – you cannot be serious!
The festival season: Wanstead Park hosts some wonderful summer events in its beautiful grounds. Coming up on 9 July is Music in Wanstead Park, an all-day festival of music and community. Later in the summer Illyria will stage Fantastic Mr Fox for kids, and I will be enjoying an al-fresco G&T in front of their G&S – the Pirates of Penzance come August.
I’ve heard it said that Wanstead folk do not often venture south of the park into neighbouring Aldersbrook, but from time to time, perhaps they should. The houses are mostly elegant Edwardian and quite a few of the tree-lined turnings are almost traffic free.
Besides the park, Aldersbrook offers a friendly local primary school, a library and a medical practice. Outdoors there are stables, the Flats, allotments, a bowls club for adrenaline junkies… What’s more it even gets dark at night-time, being insulated from urban glare by the surrounding green space. It’s positively rural compared to its neighbours. House prices tend to be lower on average than Wanstead proper, due to the lack of Tube. However, Manor Park rail connects with Stratford (will we call it Westfield in future?) in six minutes, giving easy onward access to Canary Wharf, the City, so it’s not exactly isolated. And at the time of writing, there are no plans to introduce controlled parking…
George’s mailbag: A couple of weeks I wrote about a bungalow on St Mary’s Ave which was up for sale, reckoning as I did that its future did not look too rosy, being too prime a spot for a mere bungalow. Wansteadium reader Trevor writes in reply:
“While I would certainly demolish the staggeringly unremarkable bungalow on the St Marys Ave plot were I in a position to fund both land and re-build, I have a foreboding about what will indeed arise from the ashes. There is currently another rebuild under way in the road, and a predictably naff pastiche is emerging, constructed in horribly low rent materials. I’m not against the replacement of undistinguished houses on such a road, if the replacement is an improvement. The bungalow plot allows the perfect opportunity to build something genuinely elegant, ingenious and MODERN. Something that will show folks in 2111 that we were capable of designing houses 100 years previously, rather than copy what was fashionable a further century into history, but get wrong every time.”
On an unrelated matter, polite fellow reader Catherine writes:
Dear Mr. George C Parker
I was perusing Rightmove as one normally does on a Tuesday evening and came across this property for sale on the Aldersbrook Estate. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bedroom like it! (Look at the images) What do you think? It’s a corker isn’t it? My boudoir is also being shown on Rightmove at the moment ( a casual peruse of the site a few months back led to me putting in a offer on a property) but I can assure you mine is nothing like the one photographed above.
I would hope not, my dear.
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