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1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Huge thanks to David for pointing out this 1960s Douglas Laird-designed modernist property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

It’s a house he knows well too. Laird’s House was designed by his late father in there early 1960s and from what we can see, has changed little since.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Obviously the decor and some fittings have been upgraded over 50+ years, but not a lot more. The agent says that the house ‘could now benefit from some modernisation’, which is perhaps true. But hopefully without altering the footprint and character of this place.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

This is a single-storey property in a ‘sought after’ location with views over Winterfield Golf Course to the sea beyond and apparently in walking distance from all the local amenities. So location is definitely a plus.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

So is the house, which has a fairly open plan layout and large windows to take in the views and boost the light. Certainly a great starting point to create your midcentury modern dream home.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

In terms of the layout, that kicks off with an entrance vestibule, which leads onto the fitted kitchen and utility and a double aspect open plan lounge with ‘sunken’ seated area, wood burning stove and dining area. This also overlooks the front and rear sheltered courtyards.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

A hallway also accesses both courtyards, as well as the bedroom wing. There are five double bedrooms here, three of which have fitted wardrobes. Finishing off the space is the family bathroom and cloakroom.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

There is plenty of outside space too. ‘Mature gardens’ surround the house, with a gravel driveway with parking leading to the single attached garage. There is also a walled lawned courtyard and an original pavilion, as well as a large lawn, a wooded area and a ‘suntrap’ courtyard patio.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

One thing to note is that planning application has been submitted to the council for a dwelling on connected land owned by the current proprietors. That might be an issue, but at the same time, the land is available for sale separately if you decide you need that too.

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

But before you contemplate that, consider the asking price of offers over £340,000 for the main house.

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

1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
1960s modernism: Douglas Laird-designed property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

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