You might need to use your imagination a bit here, as this four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Laleham, Surrey isn’t in the best of condition.
But it exudes potential from every corner, if you have the money needed to secure it.
According to the agent, it was built in 1934 to a ‘fashionable art deco design’ with smooth white rendered elevation rising to a pantile roof, with geometric bays and a balcony across the rear to take full advantage of the river (River Thames) views. That’s the good part.
The downside is that this place needs ‘extensive renovation’ to return it to its former glory. As you can see from some of the shots, it looks almost abandoned in parts – but certainly isn’t a wreck. Add some period windows and a door, refresh the interior and this could be a dream house once more.
As for the layout, it has been designed so all the principle rooms overlook the westerly backing garden with towpath and river beyond. Double doors open from the entrance reception hall into a double aspect 30’ drawing room, with a wide bay to the south and windows overlooking a canopied terrace. This flows through into the garden and dining rooms that overlook and open onto the terrace. There’s also a kitchen breakfast room and an enclosed porch on this floor.
To the first floor, the galleried landing opens into four bedrooms, the master being ‘generous’, while the second and third bedrooms open onto the balcony for panoramic views over the river. There is a bathroom and a separate shower room, the latter adjoining the main bedroom.
Adjacent to the main house, to the right of the driveway, is a detached summer house with a WC and hand basin – good for an office or games room. There was also a license to moor a boat on a landing stage immediately opposite the property which has now lapsed, but could be re-applied for from the Environmental Agency if desired.
The price of all that? £925,000. More images in the gallery.