Jackson-Stops marketing superbly-presented family home in Newmarket
An attractive semi-detached house, built around 40 years ago, within a sought-after Newmarket location in Derby Way, this beautifully decorated and deceptively spacious property has much to recommend.
A single garage and picturesque enclosed garden are two standout features, as are the double glazing and gas-fired central heating.
The welcoming entrance hall has two built-in cupboards, wood floor, stairs to the first floor and a part-glazed front door.
The good sized double aspect sitting room has a large window to the front, fireplace housing a wood-burning stove, oak floor and French doors to the garden.
The lovely double aspect L-shaped kitchen/dining room has windows to the rear and side, fitted seating with storage below, wood worktops with tiled splashbacks, integrated dishwasher and wine cooler, an American-style fridge/freezer, French doors to the garden and part-glazed door to the outside area.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has windows to the front and side, recessed ceiling downlights and en-suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Outside, the single garage and parking for two cars are located to the rear of the property, while the landscaped garden is enclosed by a brick wall and close boarded wooden fencing. There is a useful outbuilding with power and light.
New Zealand-born Daylin Flavell, whose husband Ben used to be an amateur jump jockey, has lived at the property with him and their children for about eight years.
“There was definitely scope for improvement on it,” said Daylin of the house. “It had a big backyard and we’ve extended it to four bedrooms, so there was a lot of potential there.
"It’s had a lot of work, aesthetically and construction-wise, and it’s in a really nice area for young families. There’s a good primary school around the corner too.”
Daylin continued: “We did a two-storey extension, which included the kitchen/diner/breakfast room and a utility, and then added a master bedroom and en-suite.
"All of the back garden has been fully landscaped to make it very low maintenance. We’ve also built quite a large summer house which we use as a playroom.”
Daylin and Ben have now decided to move as more space is needed to house their growing family.
Asked if there is anything else they would do to the property if they were staying longer, Daylin, who hopes to move within the same area, said: “There is an area down by the main garage which I think would be quite nice if you wanted to put in a decking area down there, as an additional private area – a hot tub, or something like that.
"And there is access by the garage which leads straight into the property as well.”
The wood-burner the couple had put in is a lovely feature which, according to the owner, heats much of the house.
“Originally, that would have been the dining room and dual lounge as well,” said Daylin of the impressive sitting room, where the wood-burner is housed, “but now it is just a sitting room which is nice and long – we’ve opened it up so there’s quite a nice flow between the outside and the inside as well.”
Daylin notes that Derby Way is a great place to live. “It’s a nice community,” she said. “The neighbouring houses are made up of retired families and young families as well.
"You’ve got amenities like the Co-op close by, and then you’ve got the A14 into Cambridge and you’re five minutes from Newmarket town centre.
“Also, you’re backing onto Hamilton Hill, which is lovely with the horses that you can see from the kitchen window in the mornings, and it’s a nice place to take the dogs for a walk.
"It’s a nice quiet area, but you’ve got enough buzz going on.”
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