We would guess it has changed considerably since the original build, but this 1950s single-storey modernist property in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire is still a stunning residence.
You will find the house on what’s described as a ‘tranquil plot’ of around an acre and on a private road not far from the historic Buckinghamshire village of Stoke Poges.
It dates from the 1950s, but there isn’t an architect attached to it. However, the agent does point out that the house was originally built for a pharmaceuticals executive and his American wife, which wanted a house not dissimilar to the one they also owned in Malibu, California.
We would imagine that Californian vibe wasn’t seen much in the UK in the 1950s, so the original build was likely to have been something of a talking point. Fast forward to 2015 and it still is.
That’s partly down to the original design, but perhaps more down to the restoration undertaken by the current owners.
The agent points out that the house been ‘restored and sympathetically updated’, with the addition of another wing to the existing layout. Planning permission has also been granted for a 400 sq. ft. first floor extension with a cantilevered balcony overlooking the lake, should you need more space. But you might want to check the asking price before you start planning more work. More on that later.
For now, let’s focus on the here and now and a house that features an eye-catching 60ft long living / dining room. With full height glazing running most of the width of that space for views over the garden and the ‘reed-edged’ lake beyond that. There’s also a second reception room in the ‘south wing’ of the house too.
In addition to that, there are five bedrooms, two with en-suite bathroom, a further bathroom and shower room and a utility room in the south wing, a kitchen / breakfast room and a music studio (which can obviously be converted if music isn’t your thing).
The finishes throughout are immaculate and contemporary, but with the midcentury feel still present in terms of the layout. Old and new working well together.
Outside is all of that land / gardens, as well as electric gates, a good-sized driveway, a separate garage and an area for bonfires and barbecues. The house also borders Stoke Court country house, so the outlook beyond your own gardens is pretty special too.
£2,650,000 is the asking price, which certainly isn’t small change. But with the option to extend and with the current owners earning a ‘significant income’ from hiring out the house for photo and film shoots, the house might walleye out in the long run.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit their website.