Solve that city-v-country lifestyle conundrum

City people often dream of a country life, country people often feel they would love to be close to city facilities.

It seems an almost impossible conundrum to solve but that’s not the case, explains Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.

“This part of southern England has so many interesting features when looked at broadly with The Solent, the South Downs National Park, and many opportunities to enjoy fantastic views,” adds Colin.

“But examine the area in closer detail and there are some rare opportunities such as a country lane that feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere yet is actually within the Portsmouth city boundary. The property itself is also an anomaly.

“From the front it looks like a modest bungalow with two bay windows and a central dormer thanks to its elevated position above the hedge-lined single track lane yet when you arrive at the top of the brick paved driveway it is so obviously very much more!

“The double bays throw light into a bedroom to one side of the entrance hall and the dining room on the other and, moving back into the property, there’s a fifth bedroom or study immediately behind the dining room flowed by a bathroom very cleverly fitted into the floorplan.

“Behind the front bedroom is a staircase to a galleried landing serving three bedrooms but again minimising the space it takes. As a result, each of the bedrooms, but especially the master suite, is of sufficient proportions to be a double. Complementing the en-suite with double shower cubicle in the master bedroom is a full bathroom for use of the other two first floor bedrooms. The master, across the back of the house, also has a large walk-in wardrobe / dressing area with a skylight.

“But many potential buyers will consider the crowning glory of this property is back on the ground floor, where a magnificent living space incorporating sitting and kitchen / breakfast areas has been added, taking full advantage of its westerly orientation thanks to bi-fold doors in its large bay area.

“It fits with the rest of the glorious makeover this home has received – the next owners have little to do apart from move in, arrange their furniture how they want it, and unpack.

“With its long rear garden feature mature hedges, shrubs, and trees enveloping a lawn it just begs to be enjoyed and, of course, just a short step up the lane is the wide open area that crowns Portsdown Hill. At the other end of the lane is the heart of the Drayton shopping area.”

Guide price is £670,000 (EPC Band D). For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on 023 93 277 277 or email

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