46 Selly Wick Road, Selly Park is an exceptionally fine family home designed by the eminent architects Douglas D. Tanner and Arthur L. Horsburgh who lodged the planning application in April 1926. The talented duo were also responsible for the design of two notable houses on Westfield Road, Edgbaston. Sadly they both died at a young age but their legacy lives on, particularly in this handsome red-brick family home which lies on a fine plot of 0.31 acre. The property could benefit from some modernisation and refurbishment but in general is in good condition with impressive reception rooms and existing accommodation extending to well over 3000 sq. Feet over two storeys. It includes reception hall, three reception rooms, kitchen, utility, games room, conservatory, cloakroom, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and en-suite shower room. Externally there are two garages, one a large double and the other is also used as a workshop. There are several outhouses. The gardens both at the front and rear are extensive with lovely lawns, specimen shrubs, trees and flower beds.
Situation The popular district of Selly Park is a quiet, leafy conservation area which is only just three miles from Birmingham's vibrant city centre with good shopping, restaurants, nightlife, bars, public transport links and hospitals.
There are some lovely parks and open spaces surrounding Selly Park which include Cannon Hill Park which houses the Midlands Arts Centre and Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, Selly Park itself, King's Heath Park which has access to basketball and table tennis courts, bowling green, and younger /older children's playgrounds and Highbury Park which is popular with dog walkers.
There is an excellent selection of schools on offer too, including the highly popular King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar Schools for Girls and Boys, St Mary's Church of England School, and some local independent schools which include Hallfield and West House Preparatory Schools, The Blue Coat School, The Priory and St. George's, Edgbaston High School for Girls and Norfolk House. For higher education, there are three universities, including Birmingham University which is highly respected, and an excellent Medical School and new School of Dentistry.
Selly Park is well-located for access to major motorways: The M42, M5 and M6 are all quite close by. There are also excellent bus routes and train lines into and out of Birmingham City Centre which can get you to London in an hour and a half. Birmingham Airport is just 12 miles away as is the National Exhibition Centre.
There are superb medical facilities in the immediate area: The recently redeveloped Queen Elizabeth Hospital is approximately a mile away and provides state of the art medical facilities in the region. The bmi Priory and Edgbaston Hospitals are also conveniently nearby as is the Children's Hospital in Steelhouse Lane in the city centre.
There is good local shopping with a large Sainsburys on Bristol Road and in September a large new M&S Food Hall will be opening on the Battery Park site. These are in addition to the selection of food shops and other outlets on Harborne High Street which include Waitrose, M&S, wh Smith and Boots the Chemist. There are excellent shopping facilities in Birmingham City Centre with the Bullring, Mailbox and Grand Central Shopping Malls adding a host of designer and high end High Street stores.
46 Selly Wick Road has a most impressive frontage, it is a handsome house with redbrick façade set on a plot of 0.31 acre. At the front behind the wide driveway is a double garage which was added on by the current owners. There is a path in the centre of the front lawn to the front door which is accessed by an entrance in the wall.
There is excellent parking on the front drive in addition to the garage parking.
The front door opens into an enclosed porch, which has a most impressive inner door with delightful leaded light stained glass floral panels. Within the porch is a cloaks and shoe cupboard and small cloakroom with low level w.C. And hand washbasin.
The inner door opens into a delightful reception hall with the stairs rising to the left, beautiful oak wooden flooring and impressive solid wooden doors to the main reception rooms, study and hallway which leads through to the rear of the house.
The Sitting Room This impressive room has a great deal of natural light with large leaded-light window onto the front and to the side, both of which have secondary double glazing, two high windows on the opposite side, a period marble fireplace with living flame gas fire and elegant oak flooring. There are some charming decorative plaster details to the ceiling, spot light, picture rail, plate rack and ceiling light points.
Sliding Oak doors open into the
Dining Room This is equally impressive with plenty of natural light with an elevated side window, window and door onto the rear terrace and oak door into the reception hall, picture rail and ceiling light points.
At the end of the room is a spacious china/ butler's pantry with shelves and a light.
A door leads into the
Fitted Kitchen This is also a very light room with two windows to the side, and glazed double doors onto the garden. It is fully fitted with a range of fitted units both base and wall-mounted, with inset double sink, four ring hob, fitted fridge, integrated dishwasher, cork tiling to the floor and ceramic tiles to the walls. There is space for a breakfast table and chairs, and an opening into the rear hall.
The Conservatory / Garden Room An extended part of the house and destined to maximise on the enjoyment of the late afternoon sun with glazed roof, window to the rear, sliding doors onto the terrace, ceramic tiles to the floor, brick wall to the eastern side.
Study This is at the front, it has the benefit of a south-easterly aspect and is bright and airy with large bay window onto the drive, fitted cupboards to the right of the chimney breast and ceiling light.
The Games Room This is off the rear of the hallway opposite the servery where there is a fitted cupboard. There is a window to the side of this room, three sets of fitted full length cupboards and at one time housed a snooker table, it also has access to an old pantry room with its extra useful storage space.
An opening leads to the
Utility Room This is such a spacious room with a double sink unit beneath the window which opens onto the conservatory, the boiler is on the same wall in the corner, there is room for a fridge and freezer and there are fitted units, red quarry tiled flooring and a door into the rear courtyard.
The First Floor There is a delightful leaded-light window on the half landing which typifies the charm and character of this house. It brings light to the hall and to the landing which also benefits from having another window onto the front. The landing is on different levels which also adds to its charm.
The Master Bedroom This is on the front and is a particularly spacious room with large window to the front and windows to both sides. In one corner is a full length fitted wardrobe, fireplace and in the opposite corner a hand washbasin. There is a picture rail and two ceiling lights.
Adjoining this is a bathroom with avocado suite including a bath, shower unit, low level w.C. And hand washbasin with a window above the bath.
Bedroom 2 This is at the rear with window onto the garden and another on the side. It has an en-suite shower room with w.C., hand washbasin and shower cubicle.
Bedroom 3 This room is also on the front with a window onto the drive, fitted wardrobes in the corner and access to a
Jack and Jill bathroom This is also accessed from the landing. It has a white suite with bath, low level w.C. And washbasin.
There is an airing cupboard next door to the bathroom which houses the hot water cylinder.
Bedroom 4 This is a twin bedded room at the rear with a large walk in cupboard in the corner and window onto the garden. A glazed door also leads to the roof of the extension on the rear ground floor.
Bedroom 5 This has a window at the side and is a single sized room with full length wardrobe, full length shelving and would make a perfect study.
Outside The outside of the property has a great amount of space. At the front is a double garage which is an extension to the original footprint. It has a door into an inner courtyard which gives access to the original single garage now used as a workshop. There is a further rear courtyard leading to the garden at the back which also has, to the right, twin store rooms/ coal/ wood sheds and gardener's outside w.C..
The front garden is laid mainly to lawn, with some specimen shrubs and trees, a red brick wall to the left of the drive has a pedestrian opening to a path and driveway where there is excellent off road parking.
The gardens at the rear are full of interest and include a deep and wide terrace, lawns, an ornamental arch, sunken garden, terracing, compost boxes, access to the front and the entire plot extends to approximately a third of an acre.