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Estate agents in The Webb Estate
ShineRocks estate agents are one of the leading independent estate agents for the Webb Estate. Since our inception we have sold over 40 of the 225 homes within the estate and conservation area, providing an unparalleled personalised service, and achieving the highest possible sale prices for the area. If you are thinking of moving, or buying a home within the Webb Estate then look no further.
The famed Webb Estate is an unspoilt, private Estate located in a beautiful conservation area close to Purley town centre; a most sought after area in South London which is situated within easy commute of both London Bridge and Victoria, offering convenient access to both the City and West End of London. The Webb Estate is a very special place to live, being one of the safest and most peaceful environments to bring up a large family.
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History of the Webb Estate
Set within approximately 260 acres, west of Purely lies The Webb Estate. The then local estate agent William Webb bought the site in 1888 to develop his vision for the ultimate in high society suburban living, providing the best of both worlds, a beautiful place to live within a short commute of London, which he talks fondly about in his book ‘Garden First’ published in 1919.
William Webb’s vision was to establish a natural habitat and environment, setting to work on the landscape prior to building the first home, Upper Woodcote House. William Webb's own home last came to the market and changed hands in 2016 at close to £3,000,000.
By 1903 William completed work on the village, a square green surrounded by beautiful cottages located on the south-western corner of the Estate. These cottages were originally occupied by those working on the Estate; the cottages and houses currently sell for between £1,000,000 and £2,000,000+. Following WWI a granite war memorial was built on the green to commemorate the fallen British soldiers.
After the construction of the green and its surroundings were complete, the roads of the estate were developed in accordance with William Webb’s specific planting vision. Rose Walk was the first of the roads to be developed in 1907, it takes its name as the name suggests from the 6000 roses William planted from 400 different varieties of rose that laden the road from end to end. The first plots were for sale by 1911. Rose walk remains to this day, a premier road within the estate with properties including cottages and mansions, with values ranging between £1,000,000 up to £4,000,000+.
Upon completion of Rose Walk, Silver Lane was developed and just like Rose Walk the roads were lined, this time with Silver Birches, William had planted four rows of Silver Birches and carpeted the substantial lawns with multiple plants and wildflowers. The cottages and large family homes that adorn Silver Lane are mostly situated within extensive grounds, varying in size from around half an acre up to two acres, properties along the Lane rarely come onto the market. Sale prices today range mostly between £1,750,000 and £3,500,000.
True to his word and vision, William didn’t set to work on the remaining areas of the Estate until his landscaping had partly matured, by 1912 the south border was complete and development of the remaining areas could commence with Furze Hill, Furze Lane, Woodcote Lane and Briar Hill added by the 1920s. The Webb Estate was completed in 1925. All the properties in the area were and remain completely different, many have been sympathetically extended and modernised in recent times with values for the smallest properties starting at around £1,500,000 and rising to well above £4,000,000 for the larger mansions. We recently appraised a house that sold in 1970 for £38,000, today's value is close to £3,000,000.
Following WWI, William Webb set to work on Promenade de Verdun, a prestigious road lined with popular trees from the Lombardy region of France which borders Northern Italy; these stunning trees were planted in the finest soil imported from France, and at the end of the road an obelisk was erected in memory of the French soldiers who fell at war. At the time of writing, there is currently a house for sale at £3,000,000. Beautiful homes in this location, depending upon their size vary in price from approximately £1,750,000 to £4,000,000+.
Since its establishment few notable changes, upgrades and redevelopments have taken place on the estate, none of which have affected the attractive secluded character of the area. It remains to this day the most attractive private residential estate within the local and surrounding areas.
The Webb Estate was designated as a Conservation Area under Section 277 of the Town and Country Act 1971 by the council on June 27th 1983. This followed the designation of the Upper Woodcote Village area as a Conservation Area in November 1973 and action by the local residents and other bodies over many years to extend the protection to a greater proportion of the Webb Estate.
Properties in The Webb Estate
Back in 1970, the average selling price of a detached house on the Webb Estate was around £30-35,000. In December 2006, one of the semi-detached cottages surrounding the green sold for £695,000. In January 2007 it was still possible to purchase a semi-detached house in Furze Lane from around £600,000, while detached houses in the Conservation Area started at around £1,100,000. The average selling price of a detached house during 2006 was approaching £2,000,000. Today, in 2015 semi-detached houses in Furze Lane have been selling between £820,000 and £1,000,000. During 2015 detached houses of varying sizes have sold between £1,400,000 for a smaller property up to £3,000,000 for a larger property, at this time the highest selling price on the Webb Estate is equivalent to £4,500,000.
The Webb Estate boasts its own Village green and shop “The Lord Roberts”, providing a post office and a good selection of everyday essentials from a pint of milk to the Sunday papers.
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Schools and other amenities
The exclusive and private Webb Estate conservation area is located within a few minutes walk of Purley Town centre with the railway station serving London Bridge, Victoria and Clapham Junction within 19/23/14 minutes, as well as shopping facilities to include Tesco, Costa Coffee and many restaurants, bars and pubs. A short walk from The Lord Roberts on The Green with its coffee shop and deli offering artisan produce as well as your daily necessities including newspapers & milk. Purley offers a choice of nearby sports facilities including Purley Leisure Centre, numerous golf clubs and the locally respected Purley Sports Club with its array of sports and social facilities, bar and restaurant including tennis, squash, bowls, hockey and cricket. The area is known for many excellent schools to include Cumnor House, Wallington Boys and Girls, Woodcote, Wilsons, Whitgift, Croydon High, Old Palace and St David's, to name but a few. Croydon town centre is nearby, offering a huge selection of shops and restaurants. Just a short drive away you will find the 8 screen View Cinema on the Purley Way. South Croydon is famous for the quantity and variety of restaurants it offers and the Popular Surrey Street Market situated in the heart of the old town is a market open 6 days a week with a variety of stalls selling a range of produce and products. There is easy access by car to the M25, M23, Gatwick Airport and the major motorway network making this a superb location for any commute.
Its close proximity to London makes the Webb Estate ideal for families and commuters – a relatively short drive down the A23 will take you straight in to the capital in under an hour. This exclusive private gated Estate is within walking distance of Purley station, by train you can reach London Bridge painlessly in half an hour or London Victoria in about 40 minutes. The M25 and M23 are less than six miles away, and there’s easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
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Looking for estate agents in The Webb Estate?
ShineRocks Estate Agents was founded in Purley more than 25 years ago. As a leading authority both in the area and in the property industry, we’re proud to sell quality homes in the £300,000 to £3,000,000+ bracket, while simultaneously offering the highest levels of service and timely communication to our many valued clients. We provide a range of property services in The Webb Estate.
If you would like us to value your home, please call us on 020 8660 2010 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
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