If a property is described as ‘one of the very best modern houses in south London’, we’re interested. Even if this 1960s Royston Summers-designed modernist property in North Several, Blackheath, London SE3 is a bit on the pricey side.
Summers designed this place in the latter half of the 1960s, with that lovely modernist exterior and its three floors designed to take advantage of the wonderful views overlooking the open spaces of Blackheath. You still get that today.
The house is also part of North Several, a small group of seven houses built to the highest standards for a collective of private individuals that included playwright and novelist Michael Frayn. All are set in communal gardens, with the houses offering glass, concrete and brick construction and large, light, open-plan spaces within. This one is said to be the pick of the bunch, named House of the Year in 1969, just to hammer home the point.
As for the house in 2012, well there’s no doubt that it has been modernised and updated, but with one eye on safeguarding the architect’s original design. You are not walking into a time machine, but you will be entering a house that still has the ‘feel’ of the original era.
Accommodation includes three bedrooms, a large living and dining room, a kitchen and two bathrooms. The large master bedroom has been made by knocking together what were previously two smaller bedrooms. The living room and master bedroom both have full-height windows overlooking the heath in one direction and the gardens at North Several in the other, with a terrace also present to take advantage of the outside space.
You also get a garage, along with off-street parking for two cars, plus access to the previously-mentioned communal gardens at North Several.
If you want to live in this rather special modern house, it is current up for let, but for a fairly hefty £3,900 per month or £900 per week.