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In need of renovation: Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

These places have appeared on these pages in various states of update over the years. This two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey perhaps needs a little more work than most.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

In this case, that is no bad thing. Obviously the price will reflect that and as an added bonus, this is something of a blank canvas and an original apartment really just in need of a lift.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

As you might know, the Parkleys development was a Span project from the mid-1950s and is both well preserved and perhaps as a result of that and its significance, grade II-listed too.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

The example on offer here is a vacant possession, two-bedroom ground floor apartment in Herrick Court, described by the agency as the ‘most sought after configuration’ with its own access to the outside space.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

The agent adds that it requires ‘renovation throughout’, but don’t let that put you off. A look around this apartment shows that it still has the original and highly desirable kitchen in place, along with the internal doors.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

Yes, you might want to update the bathrooms and refurbish the kitchen a little. But overall, this has the potential to be a dream apartment for someone with modest work.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

As for space, the communal entrance leads into the entrance hall with a door into the lounge / dining room. Plenty of natural light too, thanks to the windows and the French doors leading onto the patio and into the communal gardens. As we said, we think the original kitchen looks to be in place, with access to the pantry cupboard and spaces for appliances.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

An inner lobby has a ‘shallow’ cupboard with doors to all bedrooms and bathroom. The larger of the two bedrooms overlooks the garden and has twin double doors to built-in wardrobes. Bedroom two has views to the front and side with double doors to a shelved cupboard.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

Off the communal hall is a store / drying room, with the apartment also able to access a shared store room (mainly used as a bike store) as well as an additional brick built store locker.

Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1950s Eric Lyons-designed Parkleys development in Ham, Richmond, Surrey

Note that there is a £600 per quarter charge covering building insurance, communal lighting and cleaning, general maintenance and repairs, gardening and external window cleaning. In addition to that, you will need to find around £399,950 to buy the place.

Images and details courtesy of Mervyn Smith. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

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