The agent doesn’t give a lot of background on the place, but thankfully, the owner has got in touch and given us an night into this three-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex.
Yes, not the biggest or boldest art deco house in the country, but this one has been maintained and renovated to a very high standard. The end product is a house that will be just perfect for fans of the look or the era.
On the face of it, this is an art deco-styled property with three bedrooms, a bathroom, a separate WC, two reception rooms, a fitted kitchen, a good-sized rear garden, an attached garage and its own drive. But the devil in in the detail here.
The current owner points out that the house is near the Exhibition Estate, which features architecture from 1910/1911 and a selection of modernist houses from 1933/34 including the original Kellogg’s ‘sunshine’ house by Lubetkin. As for this particular place, it has been restored with an effort to ‘retain/restore any/all original features of this beautiful house’.
It has the original Crittall windows to the front (as does the adjoining semi), the original porch and the original oak front door. All rooms have there original picture rails and cornices and any modern features have been ‘carefully researched in order to try to replicate the original features of the house’, including modern bakelite light switches and plug sockets. The interior door fittings and wall lights are all original bakelite too.
The living room has a feature fireplace and original alcove detailing/features, likewise the dining room has its original fireplace too. The kitchen has an English Rose kitchen (which is retro rather than art deco), the original staircase remains, original fireplaces have been found and reused in the bedrooms and the bathroom has an original art deco sink and taps. The bath (with period accessories) is apparently art deco style as the original was too heavy for the floor!
So a real period gem, if that’s what you are looking for. If you fancy it, the asking price is £425,000.