I feel like this place is an old friend, as I’ve been writing about it for a few years now. But there has been a big development on this Melville Aubin-designed Sunpark 1930s art deco property in Brixham, Devon. The house has gone up for auction with a guide price around half of the original asking price.
Up for auction again I should say, as this house was up for auction on 2012 with a guide of around £600,000+. In fact, the house has been up for sale since 2010, hitting the market for £695,000 with the original agent. Five years on and it sounds like it just needs to sell.
It should sell too, as this is a stunning example of art deco with those all-important period features intact. At least, we presume they still are, with the auctioneer talking about ‘a wealth of original characterful features’. Sadly, only one image is available from the auction house – the other images you see here are from a past listing agent, so please check and/or view before you put in a bid. You should always do that anyway when buying at auction.
As for the house itself, it is a grade II-listed building from 1935 with three floors of space. The ground floor has a good-sized entrance hall leading to the main living room, the dining room and a kitchen area with larder and store.
On the first floor you will find three bedrooms, two with original fireplaces, a a small study, bathroom and WC with original 1930s fixtures, fittings and Vitrolite tiling. Head to the second floor and you will find the roof terrace and what was likely to have been the solarium. Outside are front and rear gardens, plus some off-street parking.
As we said, plenty of originality if it is still in place, which included the bathroom, as well as the original Crittall steel windows. period door handles, metal light fittings and the oak staircases with polished chrome handrails.
So originally £695,000 back in 2010, the house is now up for auction with a guide price of £350,000 – £400,000. Surely time to sell at that price.