Sint Michielsgestel, De Watersnip 34

€ 895.000,- k.k.
  • Volume in cubic meters: 1161 m3
  • Living area: 276 m2
  • Plot size: 962 m2
  • Year of construction: 1977

A characterful, highly spacious five-bedroom home on a plot of 1165 m², of which 203 m² is rented from the municipality, with stunning garden next to the water in an ideal location for an active family.

This robustly built property has no less than five bedrooms — one of them en-suite and on the ground floor — plus a playroom/music room/TV room next to the light and airy living room. In short, plenty of space for a large family. What’s more, the house is ideally situated when it comes to local amenities, with superb primary and secondary schools, diverse shops and a wide range of sports facilities all easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. So, your car can stay where it is in the garage, especially if you also want to work from home; thanks to the comfortable home office, this is certainly an option with this property. After work, it’s time to enjoy the beautiful, sheltered garden with large mature tree, situated at the edge of a small lake full of water lilies and bulrushes and rich in wildlife such as coots, fish, frogs and dragonflies.
As you can probably tell from the photos, this property has been lived in by the same owner for 40 years, and has changed very little over that time. This makes it a blank canvas, full of potential for you to refurbish and/or renovate the house exactly to your own taste. Have some of the walls and ceilings fitted with plasterboard and/or replastered, install a more modern staircase and perhaps replace the kitchen and bathrooms. None of this is essential, since everything is perfectly functional and of good quality, but it would immediately make the interior more attractive. What’s more, a lighter colour palette would maximise the benefits of the large windows downstairs and the high ceilings upstairs. In addition, the bedrooms on the first floor could easily be made larger by installing a large dormer window: see the sketch provided with the photos.
Stepping through the front door you enter a spacious hall with access to a wc, a bathroom, a bedroom and a home office. A corridor leads through to the kitchen with dark tiled floor and sliding glass French doors on two sides. Two small steps lead to the slightly sunken living room, which again is dual aspect and with a fantastic view across the garden. There is also a mezzanine on the garden side, which makes the room feel even more spacious than it is. Here there is an impressive, traditional chimney which provides extra radiant heat from the open fire below. Opposite this is the opening to the playroom/study which, thanks to its glass door, you can close off from the living room while still being able to keep an eye on what’s going on.
The ground floor also has a storage room (ideal for use as a pantry) and an integral garage, both of which benefit from loft space above, accessible via a retractable ladder. This provides ample storage space, for example for skis, empty suitcases and storage boxes. There is also plenty of space to park additional vehicles on the property’s own driveway.
The four bedrooms upstairs, one of which has a balcony spanning the entire width of the house, are full of character thanks to the sloping ceilings with view right up into the apex of the roof. As mentioned earlier, the rooms could easily be made larger by adding a dormer window. These bedrooms are ideal for loft beds/bunk beds, a pirate hut or other construction for a bit of extra adventure for the kids. Also on this floor is a bathroom with shower and toilet; to add extra bathroom capacity it would be easy to create an additional (en-suite) bathroom in or next to one of the large bedrooms on this floor.
Now we turn to the spectacular garden, a veritable paradise. The rear of the garden backs onto a kind of elongated lake surrounded by large trees, for a truly idyllic view. There is an ornamental garden, a summer house and an ornamental pond, and plenty of space for a swimming pool should you wish to add one, as the neighbours have done a few doors down.

Watersnip is a quiet street with local traffic only, and yet with excellent connections to the surrounding area. It’s just 15 minutes by car to the vibrant heart of Den Bosch and 10 minutes to the A2 to Utrecht (45 minutes) and Amsterdam (Zuidas one hour). Sint-Michielsgestel itself benefits from all the necessary amenities, shops and schools, with Basisschool de Touwladder and Gymnasium Beekvliet just two minutes away by bicycle. The Albert Heijn is no more than five minutes away by car.
With properties like this, which thanks to their construction and location are well worth the effort and investment of renovation, our imaginations always start to run wild. For your inspiration we have included some alternative floor plans with potential alterations that would bring the property to the next level. As you can see from the drawings, we envisage a slightly different layout downstairs, with a dormer window to enlarge the bedroom upstairs plus an extended bathroom, separate wc, a larger ‘mezzanine’ and a walk-in wardrobe. These are just suggestions of course, but they give an indication of the countless options available here to create a fantastic, modern, light and characterful home.
Would you like to find out more, or to come and take a look and enjoy the beautiful garden on the water, the wooded area opposite the house and the neighbours’ magnificent weeping willow? Then contact us to arrange a viewing!

Your contact person
Sandra van Doggenaar
T: 073 6573444

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