8 Church Avenue, Haywards Heath, RH16 1ED

Added 20th May 2014

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1. Fantastic!!!!

By Pipparolo - stayed here from 15th May 2013 to 15th November 2013

Apart from the rather uninspiring 1960's exterior architecture, I cannot fault this house, or indeed the 'package' as a whole.

Bought as a buy-to-let by the Landlady, who lived in the same block, it has been decorated, quite sensibly, with tenants in mind. The floors are mainly tile or wooden with the paintwork a fairly neutral magnolia. We were allowed to put up pictures and our huge plasma TV as long as we restored things back to their original condition after, which we did.

The location is supreme, less than five minutes walk from the Station which is well served with trains to both London and Brighton, and the local shops are a few minutes further with a Supermarket within 600yds. There is a local pub, which although not my kind of place, serves food and is popular. There are some excellent restaurants and takeaways and it is about ten minutes from the popular 'Broadway' area of Haywards Heath, and Clare Park is two minutes away for dog walking, sports and general play.

The house has a lovely open plan feel downstairs with acres of window space and hence light. The lounge/diner is large leading to a fairly compact kitchen but with plenty of space for appliances. The garden is maintenance free (apart from a spray bottle of weedkiller!) being set completely as a patio, with a small raised deck area suitable for some outside furniture and al fresco dining, etc. The back gate leads to the garage/parking area and with parking at a premium in Haywards Heath it is a welcome berth and storage area. There is on street parking but competition is fierce with both fellow residents and opportunist commuters.

Upstairs has the family bathroom, and two very generous bedrooms with an additional box room which will take a single bed, and basic furniture. The central heating system is in the airing cupboard with additional storage space. There's more storage space under the stairs, but the house is quite compact and the loft might be the only solution if you have a great deal of additional goods and chattels.

It is what it is, simple, uncluttered, and cheerful. It was a temporary house for us, as we had builders in to repair some damage to our own Burgess Hill home. But six months after we moved out my children still remark how happy we were there, and in truth I would have bought the place if I'd had the opportunity.

Looking beyond the bricks and mortar, it helped a great deal that the owner was local, empathic (she allowed our two rather boisterous dogs!!) and helpful. She and her partner worked hard to ensure the place was perfect for us and worked with us at the end of the tenancy to ensure we got our deposit back. There is always the additional complexity, expense, and 'hassle' of dealing with agents but as long as you play fair with the owner (our dogs damaged the stair/hall carpet and we simply replaced it, without argument) you will be treated in the same manner.

All in all recommended for families, couples, anyone who commutes!

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