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Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

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Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

Haven’t featured a place here since 2013, so good to see this apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2 on the market.

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

Obviously I have featured the Barbican estate since, just not this block. I think this is also the first time I have featured a renovation project from the Barbican too, which also adds a bit of interest.

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

As you probably know, Willoughby House is a terrace block that makes up the eastern edge of the Barbican Estate, running from Speed House in the north to Andrewes House in the south and looking out over Speed Garden and the lake. It was completed in early 1971.

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

This is a third floor apartment / flat and as I said, one in need of a bit of work. But not a huge amount. It looks like this place just needs some decoration and carpeting to be back to its best.

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

On the plus side, it does have the key original features intact too. So the original Barbican kitchen, the original bathroom tiles and suite plus original fitted cupboards. So if you want this place as it was in the early ‘70s, just have as think about the little touches, as everything else is in place.

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

In terms of the living space, the apartment has a fitted cupboard on the third-floor entry level, with stairs up to the reception room with full-width windows. There is also a door leading to a balcony with that view over the lake and towards the Barbican conservatory.

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

Beyond that is the kitchen, with stairs leading up to half landing and the bathroom with separate WC. There are stairs up to the bedroom, which has an original fitted cupboard and a door to the balcony.

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

Of course, the Barbican is hot property these days, so the idea of even a renovation project here being cheap is unlikely. This place is up for sale for £725,000.

Images and details courtesy of Frank Harris. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2
Apartment in Willoughby House on the Barbican Estate, London EC2

 

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Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

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Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

I have raved about these in the past. If you want to see what the fuss was about, you can now win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media on this very site.

 

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

Blue Crow Media is a specialist, independent map company, with its specialist subject being 20th century architecture. The maps it produces are small enough to fit into a small bag (or a particularly large pocket), offering an architectural introduction to the particular city or location.

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

In fact, it is more than an introduction. Once folded out to full size, you will find a traditional map on one side, marked with the selected sights, with the reverse offering images of the buildings themselves and some details on each of them. All written and selected by locals and/or experts on the city too.

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

If you fancy taking an architectural tour, they really are essential and affordable too. That’s not always the case with architectural literature. Oh and they also do a brutalist calendar too, should you know someone who is both a fan and difficult to buy for this Christmas.

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

But enough of all that, I’m talking about the maps. I have a bunch to give away, but I have split them into four groups to maximise the chances of someone winning. So the groups are:

1. Modern Berlin Map, Brutalist Paris Map, London Underground Architecture & Design Map.
2. Brutalist Sydney Map, Concrete Tokyo Map.
3. Constructivist Moscow Map, Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map, Modernist Belgrade Map.
4. Concrete Chicago Map, Concrete New York Map.

Entering is simple. Just add a comment in the comments box below saying which is is your favourite town or city for architecture and a couple of words why. No long essays, just a couple of words is fine.

I will choose 4 winners at random, but if you have your eye on a particular set of maps, add that to the comment too. If not, I’ll presume you are happy with any. That’s it, enter away!

Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media
Competition: Win architecture maps by Blue Crow Media

 

Terms and conditions:
Winners picked at random on closing date of Tuesday 30th October.
One entry per person.
WowHaus decision is final.
The prize is only the one listed above.
WowHaus does not take responsibility for prizes lost in the post.

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1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

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1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

I actually missed this one, but it does look an interesting proposition. A 1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

Interesting because it needs work. Not huge amounts of work on the face of it, but enough work to call it a renovation project.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

The house is part of a group of similar houses dating back to the early 1960s, the work of architect Rodney J Allen for Gough Cooper. Interestingly, this is the first time on the market for a house that has had just one owner since the 1960s.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

It does show too, both in a good way and a not-so-good way. But the good definitely wins out, not least because a number of original details are still intact.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

So the likes of the well-maintained hardwood flooring in the dining and living rooms, the hardwood balustrades and internal doors are still in place and should form the basis of any redevelopment.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

This is actually the end house of nine houses, with entry via a parking area and sheltered porch. Inside there is around 1,530 sq. ft. of space, which is arranged over six split levels.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

The ground floor features an entrance hall with guest WC, under-stair storage and access to the integral garage. On the first floor, through the timber-framed reeded-glass door, you will find an open-plan kitchen and dining room with sliding glazed doors to a terrace and steps down to a private paved garden. Via a split-level at the front of the property is an ‘expansive’ living room with glazed double doors to a front balcony.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

On the second floor are two bedrooms, both featuring original built-in wardrobes, an airing cupboard and a shower room. The larger of the two bedrooms is L-shaped, with space for a separate study or dressing area if you need or want it. On the third floor is a further bedroom with built-in wardrobes, and a family bathroom.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

At the rear of the property, beyond the private gardens, are communal lawns surrounded by trees. Once intended for further development, it eventually ended up being sold to residents. So you own a ‘strip’ of that land too if you bought this place.

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

Talking of ownership, the house is on the market for £575,000.

Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3

 

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist house in Beckenham, London BR3

 

1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3
1960s Rodney J Allen modernist house in Beckenham, London BR3

 

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1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

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1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

One of the more unusual properties I have featured, but the 1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders is looking for a new owner.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

Of course, it is probably looking for a sympathetic developer owner rather than one of us going out and buying it. But if you have deep pockets and a plan of action, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from getting involved.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

This is quite a substantial site too. A re-development of a site covering over six acres, with a good amount of that space taken up by the original category B-listed buildings of the former Kelso High School.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

The school was designed by Reid and Forbes, an architectural firm that specialised in school buildings between the 1920s and the 1960s. This one dates to around 1936.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

The original buildings are of ‘render faced brick construction’ incorporating ‘sandstone dressings’ and all sat under a flat roof. The main building has a symmetrical design, two storeys high and with that wonderful central clock tower as a focal point.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

According to the agent, there is an open porch at ground level, double two-leaf panelled doors, plus an entrance foyer with geometric granite floor and decorative corner detailing. That flooring continues through the main corridors. They don’t make schools like this anymore.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

As you might have guessed, not all of the buildings on the site are original and listed, but some areas are. The science block to the east is listed and is a ‘U-plan’ design complete with entrance tower to the south elevation. A semi-circular single storey block is also described as a ‘notable feature’.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

Sadly, we can’t see inside, but I presume it is a mix of period detail and modern-day functionality. Talking of modern, the school also has a more modern single-storey extension to the west and more modern buildings to the south and east.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

If you want details of the full site, including all those modern additions, check out the agent’s listing.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

So what do you do with a former school? Well, it looks like housing is going to be the main thrust of this one.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

A design report by Mosaic Architecture & Design which includes a ‘masterplan’ providing 91 dwellings, including a sympathetic conversion of the original building into apartments.

1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders
1930s art deco Kelso High School for sale in Kelso, Scottish Borders

 

But that obviously depends on who buys it. Although I would be surprised if this didn’t get turned into apartments. It’s the logical step for a building of this size with listed status.

As for the cost, this is ‘price on application’. Basically, if you don’t have substantial funds for both the building and the work, you probably can’t afford it.

Images and details courtesy of Edwin Thompson. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

Huge thanks to Damon for the tip off!

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1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

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1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

Amazingly, it’s the first time on the market for this 1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. A rare thing indeed.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

Yes, almost 80 years on and this house is still in the same family, having been built ‘to exacting standards’ in 1939 by the current owner’s father.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

As you would expect from that, the house is in fairly original condition too, with no major changes to the house over those decades. That’s very unusual.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

Not that I’m talking about a time capsule, although there are plenty of original features that would delight those who appreciate the era.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

The design itself of course, with its mix of angles and curves, as well as the original Crittall windows. But there are plenty of little details inside too.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

Those include original geometric tile designs and woodwork, different art deco cornice designs in each room, light fittings, original enamel bath and polished chrome fittings in the bathroom and what look like the original fireplaces too. Plenty to enjoy and plenty to preserve in this one.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

Of course, not everything has been preserved. A look at the kitchen and a glance at the central heating tells you that. But those are changes you might expect. Overall, this is still very much a house of the 1930s.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

A spacious one too. The entrance hall access two good-sized reception rooms, with a further hallway, the kitchen, boiler room, WC and an integral garage also on the ground floor.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

Head up the ‘sweeping’ staircase to the first floor and you will find three bedrooms, two of which are described as ‘generous double sized’ rooms. There’s also a feature balcony area off the third bedroom. Finally, there’s the bathroom and its original detailing.

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

Looks like a good-sized plot outside too, with lawned gardens to the front and rear, along with a private driveway, workshop and shed.

£230,000 is the asking price if you fancy taking this one on.

Images and details courtesy of Clee Tompkinson Francis. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco house in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco house in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco house in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco house in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

1930s art deco property in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
1930s art deco house in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

 

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Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

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Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

 

Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire
Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

Now this could be the ultimate Grand Designs project. The World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire.

 

I say ‘off Humberston’ because, as you can tell from the image above, this is a sea-based fort off the coast of Humberston and constructed to defend the Humber Estuary during World War One.

Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire
Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

It is said to have been constructed between 1915 and 1918 at a cost of £1.5 million, with around 40,000 tons of concrete and steel used in the construction of the fort.

Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire
Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

It continued to be in use during the World War Two and beyond, the army leaving in the 1950s although the foot was still manned until the 1960s. These days it is deserted and awaiting a new purpose. Though I’m not sure exactly what. The estate agent talks about an Airbnb-style residence or a quirky hotel. I suppose it could be a holiday home too. Perhaps even a full-time residence?

Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire
Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

Either way, you are talking about some kind of ‘Grand Designs’ project and a reasonable investment to change it from a military unit to something a little more comfortable. It has been done before with similar structures and there is no reason why this one couldn’t have a modern-day makeover too. There are an architect’s plans to help you on your way with the agent too.

Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire
Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

As for the space, that covers four levels, with the ‘below sea level’ offering basement rooms, W.C. and the former boiler room. The middle floors have a large semi-circular room apparently still with its original details, as well as three feature projecting turrets and externally flat roofed terrace areas. On the uppers floors you will find a two storey observation tower with flat roof area.

Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire
Up for auction: World War One Haile Sands Fort off Humberston, Lincolnshire

More details on the documents that go with the auction and if you fancy creating something special in the sea, you will need access to between £100,000 and £150,000, which is the guide price for this one.

The auction takes place in Sheffield on 1st November 2018.

Images and details courtesy go Blundell’s Auctions. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

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1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

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1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

One of these popped up for sale in August. Now another 1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey has just hit the market.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

Quite literally too, as this one only went up for sale yesterday. I know, you wait ages for one, then two come together. The last one sold very quickly, so perhaps the people selling this one realise that there is demand for these particular houses right now.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

This one is both similar and different, if that makes sense. Yes, the architecture and the house is almost identical. But the finish is very different. Oh and this one is a little cheaper too. I’ll come to that in a moment.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

But for the uninitiated, let’s talk about the architecture itself first. This house is one of 32 of award winning brutalist dwellings that can be found around Apex drive, all of which dae back to the mid-1960s.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

It was a brave and bold design back then and over time, that hasn’t really changed. What has changed is a growing passion for this kind of brutalist dwelling. A decade or so ago this might have been more of a tough sell. But in 2018, this is a very cool piece of domestic architecture.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

The issue, in terms of the houses I have featured in the past, is dealing with the interior. 50 years is a long time and all the houses that have come onto the market have been updated in some way or another. This one is no exception.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

Whereas the last one went for something of a retro/modern finish, this one has gone rather traditional and neutral. That’s no criticism, it is someone’s personal taste. Personally I would have worked with the 1960s theme and gone for something more modernist and/or space age. But this isn’t my house.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

By going neutral, it does create something of a blank canvas for the next owner. The furnishings are going, so it’s up to you what you do with the house. There is scope for a more radical finish and of course, all those interesting windows and curves and still in place to help you along the way.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

As for living space, that starts off with the entrance hall and study, leading to the double aspect living room with views over the private patio and a separate utility area with downstairs WC.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

Upstairs you have a large double aspect and open plan kitchen / dining area with three large windows, so plenty of natural light and views over the communal areas and Frimley church. There is also a bathroom on this floor.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

Finally, thee second floor accesses three bedrooms and some ‘useful’ storage space. The master and second bedrooms are both described as ‘generous doubles’ with built-in wardrobes.

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

Outside space is a private garden/patio area and you get access to that staple of the 1960s modernist house, the extensive and private communal gardens.

As I said, a little cheaper than the last one I featured, with this one on the market at £325,000.

Images and details courtesy of Purple Bricks. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Lawrence Abbott brutalist house in Frimley, Surrey

 

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1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

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1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

A development I have covered before, but this 1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA does come with added potential.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

That’s because this townhouse comes in a fairly original state, before any major renovations have been carried out. That’s always a big selling point for me.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

As for the house itself, I always had these down as being from the 1950s and I’m sure that’s the case, even if the agent has this does as late 1960s. The Mies Van Der Rohe townhouses were part of the early phase of the Lafayette Park development, dating to around 1959.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

As you can see, the houses were well ahead of their time too. This is the kind of modernist development you would expect to see at least a decade on and to be honest, if it was built today it would happily be classed as forward-thinking modernism.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

This is pretty much what a lot of modern-day buyers want. Open spaces, large rooms, a decent amount of accommodation and walls of glass to boost the views and the natural light. Good design really doesn’t age.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

What perhaps does age is a finish. But again, the design of this townhouse is fairly minimalist and although you probably need to add in some character / personality to bring it back to it best, maybe update the kitchen and bathroom to something more in keeping and possibly finish off the work in the basement, much of what you see is original and timeless. On the face of it, the house doesn’t need a lot of work to bring it back to its best.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

As for space, you get the open reception area, the galley-style kitchen, an open staircase, three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. There is also a large basement here, which has been worked on but really needs a little more work to sell itself. Communal outside space as well and what seems like a lovely setting in the heart of the city.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

So a blank canvas of sorts that needs a few tweaks to bring it back to itself.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

Probably worth noting too that as a resident you get building/grounds maintenance, security, water service, basic cable TV and internet, window washing, co-op insurance, management company fees, audit fees, snow removal, trash pick-up and a recycling service, as well as insurance. That’s all covered by the ‘association fee’, which is obviously something to look into before buying.

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

Talking of buying, the house is on the market right now for $325,000, which is around £247,000. Prices have gradually risen over the years for these, but they still sound decent value to me.

Images and details courtesy of O’Connor Real Estate. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

 

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

1950s Mies van der Rohe townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA
1950s Mies van der Rohe house in Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

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Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

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Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

When it comes to midcentury interiors, I think the 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute is one of my favourite ranges out there.

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

 

And there is a lot of competition in the sector. In fact, it grows almost weekly. However, a lot of it does tend to be from a similar mould as the rest and as such, just passes me by.

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

 

The Ronda is different and I think it’s down to the subtle design touches of this range. First up, a walnut finish is a slight departure from the plethora of oak furniture out there, which is definitely a plus.

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

 

But in addition to that, check out the high sides, the handles on the furniture and of course, the blocks of colours. Specifically the green / blue / turquoise on the front of the designs. Those are the key differences here.

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

 

The designs within the range are also a little different too. Yes, there is a sideboard, but the console, the high drawers and the cabinet are less obvious. So are the coffee tables with the bold retro surfaces. In all, the range takes in that sideboard, a chest of drawers, a high cabinet, the console with its lovely tapered legs and the tall chest of drawers, plus a pair of round nesting tables and a further printed coffee table with a plectrum-shaped top. Great individually, just as good used together to fit out a room or home.

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

 

The sideboard sells for £448, the chest of drawers £539, the cabinet £469, the console table £249 and the tall drawer unit is £359. The nesting pair of tables is £159 and the standalone table is the cheapest item in the range at £79. Well, those are the official prices.

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

 

You see, La Redoute is currently doing 30 per cent off all of its furniture. So get the calculator out and take off that percentage to get the real price. If you want the discount, just use the code SAVE at the checkout.

Find out more at the La Redoute website

Note that a bedside table has also just been added to the range.

 

Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute
Midcentury interior: 1960s-style Ronda furniture at La Redoute

 

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1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

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1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

I haven’t done a European bargain for a while, so here’s one. This 1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

On the face of it, this is quite a bargain too. Although that depends on location and the work needed on this place. There might be an issue with both. I don’t know Gueret, but I (now) know that it sits in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in central France. There’s no airport there as far as I can see, but there is one at Limoges, which is about an hour’s drive away. But do check out the transport details yourself.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

It doesn’t look like a tourist location either, which might well account for what looks like a relatively affordable price point here. At least, for quite a substantial house with an interesting design. That design dates back to 1963. No architect obviously connected to it, but as ever, the agent throws in a remark about it being influenced by Le Corbusier. That tends to be the case for most French modernist properties I see for sale.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

It sits in a ‘peaceful’ setting and in a plot covering 3,997 sq. metres, with a ‘breathtaking view’ from the living rooms. There are also ‘electrified barriers’ and an intercom to the gate for security.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

For me, the architecture itself is the big selling point. Just look at it. A marvellous, square property that sits high above the plot and with a cladding that is very much of its era. It sits high for a reason too.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

According to the translated details, it sits on a large basement. That contains – wait for it – garages, a boiler room, laundry, cellar area, a studio with storage, a bathroom and a toilet. Pretty much a house in itself underground.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

Access to the main house is via a granite stone staircase with steps leading to a large hall, in turn leading to a large living room and dining room. There is also a granite stone fireplace here, as you might have spotted in the photos.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

Beyond that is a dining kitchen and a large hallway leading to a substantial office with library, WC, two large bedrooms, a bathroom and a bathroom and shower room.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

The finish within the house is interesting to say the least. Some areas look untouched from the 1960s, the bathroom shown is perhaps updated and some of the other rooms have a rather grand finish you would expect of something more traditional and stately. I really didn’t expect that chandelier.

1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France
1960s modernist property in Gueret, central France

 

With that in mind, some updating is almost certainly required here, although the agent points out that there is double glazing in place, electric shutters on the windows and an alarm. So not quite the time capsule it appears.

Sadly only limited photos of this one, but hopefully it gives a reasonable impression of what is here. The price is €183,600, which works out at around £161,000.

Images and details courtesy of Avendre Alouer. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

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