Well done to Alex Woolmore for spotting an absolute gem on the market, this 1970s Peter Aldington-designed three-bedroom modernist house in Higham, Colchester, Essex.
No specific year on this, the agent only gives us that ’1970s’ timescale, with the house influenced by the work of Mies van der Rohe, whilst still being unmistakably of its era. If ’70s modernism is your thing, this is likely to have considerable appeal.
It’s also likely to have appeal location-wise too, set in the ‘sought-after’ village of Higham and in plenty of land, which includes a Victorian walled vegetable and fruit garden. A hint at what was here before, you suspect. As for the house itself, it looks in fairly good condition, although could perhaps do with a touch of updating (just as long as you preserve the many wonderful period features within).
Enter via a solid front cantilevered door with full height glazed panels at either side, wood panelled walls and a further cantilevered door, which leads to the reception room. That also leads to a study with full height windows, wood flooring and fitted units, a dual-aspect dining room with more built-in units and wood burning stove, along with the fitted kitchen, with pantry cupboard. The kitchen is open, but sliding doors can seal it off.
There’s also a utility room with a door to the outside, a dual-aspect garden room with full-height windows and a tiled floor and a sitting room with wood-panelled walls. That’s not all either.
On the left hand side of the house there is a door to an inner hallway with a ‘light tunnel’. Doors off that leads to the dual-aspect guest bedroom, a further bedroom, the family bathroom and the master bedroom with dressing area, an en-suite and great views of the gardens.
Talking of the outside, you approach the house via a shingle driveway and through double opening wrought iron gates. Once inside, you’ll find a covered carport, a floodlit drive area, a further shingle parking area to the front of the house, a log store / summerhouse, lawned gardens, along with a Victorian conservatory, a brick tool and potting shed, a former ‘secret’ garden area and a further wooded area. In total, we’re talking around 9.1 acres.
Lots of land, interesting architecture, good area, it’s never going to be cheap. If you want to make this your next house, offers of around £1,950,000. Many more images on the listing.