Being able to afford a property near where celebrities such as Adele and Peter Andre live under the radar for under £300,000 might seem like mission impossible.
But you don’t have be an international singer or television presenter worth millions to buy a home in one of the pretty villages surrounding the popular West Sussex area of East Grinstead.
While many of the town’s surrounding villages are home to expensive mansions, there are also some property bargains for those with smaller budgets.
This Victorian cottage in the West Sussex village of Sharpthorne is on the market for £290k
One example is a Victorian cottage for sale in the West Sussex village of Sharpthorne, four miles south of East Grinstead, which has a price tag of £290,000.
The semi-detached cottage comes with two bedrooms and has been sensitively renovated.
It is on a quiet, no-through private land and overlooks stunning woodland and fields.
This property represents excellent value for money – it’s ready to move straight into
MailOnline Property’s expert Sarah Beeny said: ‘I’ve picked out this charming cottage as it’s in a beautiful location and is packed full of original features.
‘It’s a really interesting property that exudes charm and it’s been renovated to a really high standard, with the current owners striking just the right balance between the old and new.
‘It also has an extremely large rear garden and planning permission for a two-storey extension, so there’s plenty of scope to enlarge it and create a spacious family home.’
The property comes with planning permission for a two story extension at the rear
The light interior downstairs includes a refitted kitchen with a tiled splashback
The open-plan living space is neutrally decorated and has laminate flooring throughout
There is a small, open plan porchway, which leads directly into a large split-level lounge and dining room separated by a central staircase.
The open-plan living space is neutrally decorated and has laminate flooring, creating a spacious, airy feel.
The split levels and central staircase generates the feeling of two distinct living areas and the space currently used as the living room area boasts a beautiful wood burner.
The kitchen has black worktops and floor tiles – and leads to a large conservatory
The conservatory leads to a fenced decking area that catches the summer sun
The conservatory is on a raised level – but there is access to the garden via a wooden staircase
The galley-style kitchen has matching wood-effect units finished with a classic black worktop.
There’s an integrated fridge-freezer, washing machine, fitted electric fan-assisted oven and a built-in ceramic hob.
Completing the kitchen is a large window that allows natural light to stream in, a slate-effect tiled floor and modern grey and white brick tiling above the worktops, which work together to create a contemporary space.
The kitchen leads into a bright and good-sized conservatory that has been built on a stilted decking area that has steps leading directly down into the garden.
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The property is within walking distance of the centre of Sharpthorne and is on the market for £290,000 via Tepilo, the online estate agent founded by Sarah.
Sarah said: ‘This raised conservatory is the perfect place to sit and while away sunny days and lighter evenings.
‘By opening the large French doors, you can really bring the outside in and when it’s raining you can take shelter here and still enjoy the beautiful views its elevated position enables.’
Sarah added: ‘This garden offers so much scope to extend. I’d build a double-storey extension to create a large family home and put a summer house at the bottom of the garden, so there’s an extra room to enjoy in the warmer months too.’
Down the steps from the conservatory is a large, split-level decking area that leads onto a huge lawn.
The garden is in excess of 1,000 ft long, so there’s plenty of space to extend and yet still benefit from a large outside area. There’s also a large coal shed under the house.
There is plenty of space for families in the large garden at the rear of the property
The charming cottage has a staircase separating the two main living areas
The cottage has a PVCu double glazed front door that leads into the main living room
Upstairs in the property are two bedrooms and the family bathroom, both boasting beautiful views with one looking out onto the garden and the other looking over woodland where deer can be frequently spotted.
The large master bedroom benefits from neutral décor, a new fitted carpet and in-built wardrobe. It also boasts an original fireplace, which acts as an attractive centrepiece for the room, and its large window lets in plenty of daylight.
The second bedroom also has neutral décor, carpet, in-built wardrobe and large window.
The master bedroom has a neutral décor, a new fitted carpet and an in-built wardrobe
Light and bright: There are two double bedrooms upstairs in the pretty cottage
The family bathroom is also upstairs and boasts a white quite and modern tiling
Completing the layout upstairs is the family bathroom.
Large and contemporary, its modern, gloss-white suite, which includes an over-bath-shower, is complimented by white and mosaic tiling.
There’s plenty of storage space too, thanks to the fitted under-sink cupboard.
Sarah said: ‘A newly fitted bathroom is a great plus in any property and this one is great.
‘The current owners have utilised the space well and gone for a neutral décor scheme that will appeal to most buyers.
‘The only thing the new owners would need to do to this bathroom is put down their toiletries and hang up their towels.’
Finishing off the property is the outside driveway, where there’s ample space for one car.
Sarah concluded: ‘This property represents excellent value for money.
‘It’s ready to move straight into, but the approved planning permission to build a double-storey extension means it could also be made into a much larger home without having to go through the planning process.
‘The garden is huge, so even if an extension was added, there would still be plenty of outdoor space.
‘The house is also very neutrally decorated, so it will appeal to most people. It would suit a wide variety of buyers, from couples of all ages through to families looking to buy a home that they can really put their own stamp on.
‘It won’t be on the market for very long as I expect a savvy buyer will snap it up quickly.’
The property has the potential to be extended despite its already spacious interior
The property is on the market via estate agents Tepilo with a price tag of £290,000
The property retains some original features, including this fireplace upstairs
The small village of Sharpthorne is situated in West Sussex, close to East Grinstead and Ashdown Forest.
There’s a shop and organic café in the centre of the village, and West Hoathly, with its historic inn and popular primary school, is less than a mile away.
The shops, restaurants and amenities of East Grinstead are less than four miles away and reachable by car in under 10 minutes.
East Grinstead is also home to a train station, with regular services to London Victoria.
Also close to the village is the M23 and Gatwick Airport.
The singer Adele reportedly moved to the area of East Grinstead as it was the least showbiz place she could think of, so she could live a ‘normal, unflashy existence’, while Peter Andre set up home in the area with his wife Emily and their family.
Lawrence Hall, of property website Zoopla, said: ‘Being surrounded by some of England’s finest countryside, while being able to commute into central London in under an hour, the ancient market town of East Grinstead has long been a prime location for homebuyers looking for an escape to the country.
‘With a range of great restaurants and pubs, along with as well as great performing schools, and the ability to escape the paparazzi in the capital, its not surprising that the town has a long history of celebrities flocking to live under the radar there.
‘However, despite being popular with A-Listers, East Grinstead still has a wide range of property on offer for different budgets, just in case your pockets aren’t “rolling in the deep” with money.’
Other properties for sale in or near Sharpthorne…
1. Two-bedroom house for £300k
This mid-terrace character cottage has two double bedrooms, residents parking and a large timber decked area in the rear garden.
This two-bedroom terrace property is being sold by estate agents Mayhew Estates
2. Three-bedroom house for £400k
This semi-detached house boasts three bedrooms, driveway parking and a garage with a remote electric door.
This three-bedroom semi-detached house is for sale for £400k
3. Five-bedroom house for £775k
This rural family home is around five miles south of East Grinstead and includes a separate garage that could be used as a workshop. This is in addition to an attached
This detached house is for sale via estate agents Mansell McTaggart – Forest Row