St Johns Road, Queens Park, Chester
In exclusive Queens Park, in Handbridge, No. 9, St John’s Road stands poised between past and present; a grand Victorian home with a big heart and a sprinkling of contemporary comforts.
Only a short walk from the iron bridge into Chester and a mere five minutes from The Meadows, No. 9 enjoys the best of both worlds, nestled in its friendly neighbourhood community.
Built in 1903, No. 9 strikes an imposing sight from the road, resplendent in its Victorian features. Revived and repainted by its current owners, the entire roof has been replaced along with both gables, in keeping with the original design. Park up to three cars outside, with on street parking and a double garage with roller shutter door also available, and make your way to the front door.
OWNER QUOTE: "People are friendly here, the neighbours say hello. Old-time community values are a rare treasure these days."
Fired Earth tiles set the scene, outside, before stepping onto the Minton tiles of the entrance porch, a recent addition harmonious with the heritage of the home.
Tiling is replaced by solid wood in the entrance hall, continuing throughout the entirety of the downstairs, and laid on top of the original floorboards.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s a real wow factor when you walk into the hallway and look up to the gallery landing above."
Light and bright, the neutral palette of décor and high ceilings draw light throughout the entrance hall. Instantly sense the warmth and welcome of this grand family home; the original fireplace stands to the right, evocative of the home’s era.
Freshen up in the cloakroom to the left, with WC and wash basin, before making your way through the opposite door on the right, and into the sitting room. Note the details throughout, the intricate mouldings around the doors; the cast iron radiators and high skirtings. Sense the comforts of yesteryear envelop you.
Light permeates each corner of this capacious room courtesy of the grand bay window overlooking the garden and drawing the outdoors in. Another window to the side invites more light, creating a perfect sunny space in which to sit and read on a summer’s day. Decorated in café au lait tones, with elegant cornicing to the ceiling, an imposing fireplace fills the room with toasty warmth in the winter months; its ceiling height simply made for the tallest Christmas tree. Hunker down with the family to open presents on Christmas morning as the snow settles on the garden beyond the big bay window.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s a very calming room yet it can be very sociable too."
Ahead from this room and directly opposite, is the snug, a fresh feeling room dressed in refreshing tones. Used for watching television, games and entertainment there is an integral sound system and speakers inset within the ceiling. Blinds fitted to the windows provide privacy and help create the movie atmosphere.
Emerging from the snug, open the door on the right to discover a well-stocked pantry cupboard with a contemporary feel in its teal backdrop and downlighting. A contemporary twist on a Victorian classic!
Opposite the pantry, step through into the dining kitchen; a grand light-filled space soaking up daylight through the large French doors opening out to the garden and a second set of doors opening out onto the rear courtyard.
Sociably styled, the breakfast counter along the central island is the perfect place to perch with a drink for convivial chatter as dinner is prepared. A host of hand-made units provides plentiful storage for all your culinary essentials, whilst granite worktops offer ample preparation space. A trio of pendants cast contemporary light above the central island, with its inset sink, with a further set of pendant lights suspended for ambient glow above the dining table.
Cook up a feast for guests on the Range cooker, with five gas burners on top and two ovens; one electric and one gas. Gather around the dining table and come together for dinner. In the summertime, open the doors to the garden and let the breeze through, or slip out to the patio and dine alfresco. In the winter months, the wood-burning stove creates instant cosiness.
OWNER QUOTE: "If I’m cooking, there’ll be someone sat chatting to me, or the boys will be at the table helping out. Nobody’s separate, we all fit in comfortably."
Practical spaces are given a plush, top spec upgrade at No 9; slip through to the utility room, where newly fitted oak worktops contain two deep Belfast sinks, one with a shower hose tap (ideal for scrubbing down mucky pups after winter walks over The Meadows) and charcoal grey units provide a plethora of storage. Also nestled amongst these units discover a washer, dryer, integrated freezer and fridge-freezer, (there is a further integrated fridge in the kitchen).
Beyond the utility room, opening onto a rear courtyard, is an area brimming with potential. Currently serving as a storage area with separate WC and replete with its original stone floor, this area could convert into a workshop or home office.
Access through the side of the spacious double garage with roller shutter door.
Returning to the entrance hall, take the carpeted staircase with its carved spindles as it turns up to the first-floor landing, passing a large window on the turn delivering light through.
Emerging onto the landing, turn right into the grand master suite, redesigned by the current owners to encapsulate the sixth bedroom as a commodious and chic dressing room sitting area. A spa-hotel sanctuary of a master bedroom whose broad bay window frames views out over the garden, with views also through the side window. Dressed in soothing tones of fern green and white and cosily carpeted in plush grey, slip through to the dressing room where floor to ceiling wardrobes accommodate your every attire.
Refresh, relax and revive in the luxury ensuite, fitted with an Omnitub Japanese deep soaking bath and walk-in wet room shower, tiled on the wall in a herringbone pattern. Simply sumptuous, twin wash basins are also on hand, set beside the WC.
Coming out of the master bedroom, continue along the landing’s hardwood floor, turning right to discover a Mediterranean feel wet room with underfloor heating, shower, wash basin and WC.
Next door, bedroom three contains its own wash basin and overlooks the rear and Chester beyond. A cosy, warm room it is a comfortable double.
Turning right and right again, pass by the large storage closet. With plumbing to this side of the wall, consider its potential for conversion into an ensuite to serve the second bedroom, set to the right.
Brimming with light courtesy of windows to three sides, this spacious second bedroom is large enough to accommodate armchairs and could make a fantastic craft room due to its sunny character.
Another storage cupboard along the landing houses an additional washing machine.
Continue up the stairs to the second floor and discover a large bathroom on the left, with P-shaped bath and modern wash basin inset within fitted furniture, housing plenty of storage. Light streams in through a large dormer window, with a lovely to the spires and towers of Chester.
Perfect for older children seeking independence, this level also contains two bedrooms. Spacious and with views out over the garden through a quirky triangular dormer window, the first bedroom features an original fireplace.
Next, a large light bedroom contains space for sofas with ample storage in the eaves. Vaulted above the king-size bed and with views out over the garden, this is the ultimate teenager hideaway.
Throughout the home, these unique pockets of privacy provide moments of quiet and calm, drawn together once more by communal spaces such as the large open plan kitchen and characterful sitting room.
Outside, the garden flows as an extension of the home. Varied planting of shrubs surrounds the lawn – the perfect playground for children and large enough to fit a ping pong table. Mature trees, including a striking sycamore, provide pockets of refreshing shade in this private, sheltered, sun trap garden. A tall, mature hedge keeps you completely screened and private.
Sit on the York stone patio and sip on a glass of your favourite tipple whilst admiring the climbing plants over the pergola. There is also a shed for all your garden furniture and equipment.
Delights on your doorstep
Step outside and discover the friendly community neighbourhood of Queens Park, Handbridge. Only five minutes’ walk to the iron bridge, Chester’s delights are but a ten-minute stroll away.
Pop the pooch on a lead and stroll through The Meadows, a countryside delight on the cusp of the city, utterly unique in its nature and position – and only five minutes from the front door.
Handbridge has plenty to offer in way of amenities, with an award-winning butcher, grocer, Co-op and other essentials. Enjoy the very best of being ‘in’ the city, without stepping foot in the city.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s cocooning, its size. Everything about this home is unique; you have the countryside in The Meadows with the huge convenience of the city. It’s what makes Queens Park so special."
Take a stroll to along the river and call in at The Ship Inn to enjoy an evening drink with incredible views. For a change of scene, walk around Chester Racecourse.
Commuting is so convenient, with Chester accessible by car in minutes, and the A55 only 10 minutes’ drive.
Nearby schools such as Kings & Queens High School and also Queens Park School, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with a well-regarded primary school also easily accessible, making No. 9 ideal for families.
With ample room to accommodate the needs of a growing family, a multigenerational family and modern families coming together, No. 9, St John’s Road is a beautiful late Victorian home built with style and of its era.
Cocoon yourself within its walls and enjoy family life: it’s what this home was built for.
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City convenience with a cosiness and warmth belying its contemporary design – No. 4, Hudson Close is homely comfort giftwrapped in all the glitz and glamour of new build luxury.
A mere walk from the centre of Chester, No. 4, Hudson Close, sits amidst a close-knit community of seven homes on the cusp of the city.
Handsomely fronted with its black and white Tudor gable and contrasting red brickwork, pull up onto the large driveway, with ample room for four cars in addition to an integral garage. Built in 2018, to the highest specification, No. 4 remains under its ten-year warranty, with no snags to date.
OWNER QUOTE: "The house is a great size, it’s light and airy, and the garden is wonderful – it feels like the countryside, but you’re in the city!"
Fenced and secure, glimpse a beguiling sight of tall trees to the rear, making your way to the covered front door ahead.
Welcome home. Step into the entrance hall, carpeted in plush grey, and instantly sense the warmth of this family home, affectionately dubbed the ‘Grosvenor Manor’ by friends and family.
OWNER QUOTE: "In summer it’s cool but in winter it’s so warm and cosy in every room."
Sense the traditional comforts of the sitting room, slipping through the door on the left. With its wide window overlooking the front, snuggle up on the sofa with the curtains drawn in the winter months and watch a festive film with a glass of wine. The perfect room for quiet contemplation, it counterbalances the convivial kitchen which serves as a sociable hub.
Returning to the entrance hall, peek through the first door on the right, providing direct access to the integral garage, before opening the second door on the right through to the study.
Carpeted and comfortable, with views out to the side garden, this spacious home office contains a large, full-size desk capable of accommodating two monitors. With excellent superfast broadband services, this home also has a Wifi extender to the garden, where there is an impressive summer house which can also serve as a workspace.
OWNER QUOTE: "With the door closed it’s perfectly private when you’re working from home in online meetings."
Conveniently accessible across the hall is the understairs cloakroom, furnished with wash basin, WC and hanging space for coats.
Directly ahead from the entrance hall, flow through to the heart of the home: the open-plan, kitchen-dining-family room.
Stylish grey wood-effect flooring extends underfoot, harmonising with the cashmere tones of the classic Shaker style cabinetry, which extends in a ‘U’ shape and proffers an abundance of storage above and below the granite worktops.
OWNER QUOTE: "The kitchen is the hub of the home, it’s large and light, and when we have friends over and I’m cooking I can still be part of the conversation."
Cook up a feast for family and friends on the built-in Neff double oven featuring microwave and grill. Other integrated appliances include a large fridge and freezer, dishwasher and gas hob. Be sure to pull open the space-saving slimline larder cupboard; an essential kitchen component you won’t want to live without. Dine casually at the breakfast bar or formally in the large, central dining area with contemporary lighting, uniting the open-plan kitchen with the stylishly dressed living area, adorned with French Connection (not sure this is relevant – descriptive word instead?) sofas and Laura Ashley (same?) light fittings (seen throughout this sophisticated home). French doors blur the boundary between the outdoors and in, opening up to the gloriously designed garden, a sensory delight brimming with colourful and fragrant planting.
Tucked off the kitchen is a practical utility room, featuring a Hotpoint washing machine and Beko tumble dryer.
Returning to the entrance hall, ascend the staircase, its carpet runner neatly fixed by stylish stair rods, to the spacious first floor landing where a series of luxuriously styled bedrooms await.
Indulge in true relaxation in the pristine family bathroom at the end of the landing. Tiled to floor and walls in gleaming porcelain, sink into the freestanding slipper bath beneath the ambient spotlighting and feel your cares and aches melt away into bubble bath bliss. Neutrally dressed in on-trend grey, there is also a wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Turning left out of the bathroom, arrive at a spacious and bright guest bedroom, overlooking the front of the home. Carpeted and chicly dressed in neutral tones, there is ample space for a double bed, wardrobe and drawers.
Across the way, slip through into another large double, dressed in harmonising hints of blush pink and soft grey. A large window dressed in a privacy roller blind (found throughout the bedrooms at No. 4, Hudson Close), soak up views out over the country cottage garden to the rear.
Immaculately presented in shades of grey and an adornment of blush toned cushions is the master bedroom, next door. Overhead, a sleek and silent ceiling fan is perfect on sultry summer evenings, aiding restful nights’ sleep.
OWNER QUOTE: "We wake up, open the curtains and smile. There is always something different to see in the garden."
Opposite the bed, a wall of fitted storage features wardrobes and a dressing table, with a television point. Freshen up in the stylish ensuite, tiled in grey and featuring a walk-in shower, wash basin and WC with a handy storage shelf above.
A fourth decadent double bedroom awaits to the front. Fitted with built-in wardrobes, soft grey carpet and flashes of pink, the ‘princess bedroom’ as it is affectionately known is the ultimate retreat for guests, with its own tiled ensuite shower room with wash basin and WC.
English country garden
Securely enclosed by tall, private fencing, the spacious garden to the rear of No. 4, Hudson Close, is a hidden country oasis in the city.
Planted with 60 stunning David Austin roses, all in dusky pinks and white, the garden is awash with colour from early May through to July. Highly scented, soak up the sunshine on the large patio and breathe in the gently perfumed fragrance. Planted also with a selection of quintessential cottage garden planting including peonies, lavender and lupin, the garden is a sensory delight in summertime.
Pass beneath the arches, covered in wending tendrils of aromatic jasmine and wisteria. In late summer and autumn harvest the lush produce of the mixture of miniature trees including apples, plums, pears and cherries.
To the left-hand side, discover a secure area for pets, perfect for keeping dogs off the lawn. There is also a shed and an area to hang washing in this perpetually sunny paradise.
Steal an afternoon’s serenity in the picturesque summer house, furnished with a comfortable settee and served by internet connection. Work from home in your own garden or simply recline with a book and a cup of tea and watch the wildlife at play, spying jays, finches and tits on the feeders.
OWNER QUOTE: "The summer house is my hideaway."
On your doorstep
Only one mile from Chester’s bright lights and boutiques, a 15-minute walk delivers you into the heart of the action. Enjoy evenings at the theatre or explore the ever-evolving delights of Market Street as its period of modernisation and revival reaches its zenith: a multiscreen cinema and niche restaurants are all part of its allure.
Chester Racecourse is with easy reach only a walk away, or pop the pooch on the lead and stroll down to Countess Park, a large wooded area close by, with further walks down to the canal.
Amenities are within easy reach with Morrisons close by and the Countess of Chester Hospital only three minutes’ drive away.
Commute with ease; Chester’s Bache train station is a mere three-minute walk from the house with connections into Liverpool and beyond. By road, Liverpool and Manchester Airports are reached within around 40 minutes, whilst for days out by the sea, Anglesey is only an hour and a half away.
Enjoy a stroll to the local pub the Little Owl or head directly into Chester for a broader range of drinking and eating options – after all, the city has recently been cited top in the country for its diversity of dining.
Work up an appetite at the nearby Total Fitness gym, which is also home to a large swimming pool.
With the Queens School only five minutes away, No. 4, Hudson Close, is perfect for families.
OWNER QUOTE: "It’s been an absolute pleasure living here. Our dream home."
Nestled in its peaceful neighbourhood setting, No. 4, Hudson Close, is ideal for young families, professional couples or those simply seeking peace and privacy and all the convenience of city living alongside the perks of a village lifestyle.
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