It obviously isn’t looking sat its best right now, but this 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed grade II-listed modernist property in Haywards Heath, West Sussex is one of the more significant houses we have featured of late.
This is all about affordable modernism of the day. Lubetkin was challenged to design a house for ‘ordinary people’ as opposed to the rich clientele Tecton usually served. The result was a mini development of eight houses – one pair of Type A (semi-detached builds), Type B (detached) and the largest and what we have here, the Type C. Key features of the Type C were curved concrete porches and a fireplace with its enclosed stair snaking around the chimney. Those features look to be still here, as the structure looks pretty much untouched since the original 1935 build.
As you might have noticed though, this house has been on the receiving end of a lot of living over the years, so the likes of (some) double glazing and central heating are here, as well as a modern era kitchen and bathroom. Don’t concern yourself too much with all the furniture and fittings, they’ll be gone if or when you buy. You’ll be left with a blank canvas to work with – and with plenty of period images available, you should be able to create an original ’30s feel if you want to.
As for space, an arched porch leads into the hall and access to the curved staircase taking you upstairs. That hall also leads to a living room with feature semi-circular chimney breast and door to balcony, as well as the dining room, a glazed garden room (with access to the garden) and the kitchen. Up those curved stairs is landing with skylight, as well as four bedrooms and a wet room, plus separate WC. Outside you’ll find a brick-built garage, a private drive for up to three vehicles, front garden and a 152ft wooded rear garden. There is also a paved patio adjacent to the house with outside light and power.
If you want to take this grade II-listed build on, offers of around £375,000 are requested.
Thanks to Stefi Orazi for the tip off!