The one downside to this 1930s Rudolf Frankel modernist property in Stanmore, Middlesex is the lack of imagery currently available. I will update as and when I can.
Just five shots of a modernist gem from the late 1930s in fact and a house I know a lot of you will be interested in.
I believe this is number 1 Halsbury Close, which was built in 1938 for Frankel’s sister. According to the wonderful Modernism In Metroland, this house is made up of ‘two brick cubes’, one for a garage and one for the main house, with a cutaway corner that opens out onto the garden.
There is a number 2, also designed by Frankel for himself at the same time, but I’ll leave that one as it isn’t currently for sale and because this one is far more interesting. Although to be fair, any Frankel residential property is interesting as there aren’t many in the UK.
Rudolf Frankel fled to Britain from Germany via Romania in 1933, staying until 1950 and mainly taking on industrial designs rather than houses. So rarity value as well as architectural merit. This is a grade II-listed house.
It also has a lot of original appeal from what we can see and what the agent says. The agent says that the property has been ‘lovingly cared for by the current owners’ with ‘every aspect both internally and externally taking you back in time to the late 1930s’. That is music to my ears and I’m sure yours too.
It’s just a shame we can’t see more. Of course, you can book a viewing if you are a serious buyer, but I’m holding out that more photos will appear online. This could be one of the best houses to go up for sale for some time.
In terms of its space, that is made up of a kitchen . breakfast room, dining room, an office, the main reception areas and an ‘exceptionally large garage’ converted into a spacious library with views of the landscaped gardens. So not completely original.
The first floor has what is described as a ‘stunning’ principal bedroom suite with dual aspect windows facing towards London, along with two further double bedrooms, a fourth bedroom and a family bathroom.
Huge landscaped gardens too, along with plenty of driveway parking outside.
As I said, I will hopefully update this one as or when new images appear. But if you want to get up close now, speak to the agent and make sure you have around £1,500,000 available.
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