I think I’ve just found my dream house. It’s this 1960s Powell Alport-designed midcentury modern property in Cyncoed, Cardiff, South Wales.
It sits in an area I know well and an area I lived near some years back. At the time, it was seen as sought-after part of Cardiff and I can’t imagine thinks have changed over the years. Strangely, I don’t recall seeing this house though a 1966 construction, designed by the original owner in collaboration with the Powell Alport Partnership. The owner apparently travelled to the US a lot and developed a love of its architecture, especially that of Frank Lloyds Wright, which subsequently inspired this build.
The house has been maintained impeccably both inside and out – you really could be walking back to the 1960s as you approach this place and its distinctive exterior. Once in, you’ll be greeted by space, around 3,500 sq. ft. of internal space and all that lovely period detailing. A feature staircase in Afromosa (African hardwood), fitted storage and a bespoke bar for example, plus cutting edge tech like a built-in audio system, a central vacuum system and electronically operated curtains.
As for the layout, you’ll find a reception area (with that staircase), leading to a kitchen / breakfast room complete with the original units, a dining room with full-height glazing, a study with bespoke hardwood built-in furniture and two reception rooms. The larger reception room has full-height glazing including glazed doors that open to the garden.
The first floor includes a spacious landing leading to four bedrooms including a master bedroom with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom with original tiling. There is also a family bathroom on this floor. Other space includes a basement and an integral double garage adjoined by a WC and utility room. To the front of the house is space for parking several cars, with gardens to the front, side and rear.
Something special and a design that needs to be treasured. If you want to treasure it, you’ll need £765,000.