Have featured three previous designs by the architect on the site, but we think this Oliver Hill-designed The Round House art deco property in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex is the pick of the bunch. At least, in terms of structure.
Indeed, this 1930s build is grade II-listed and also benefits from having a superb location on the seafront. But the key selling point, as the name suggests, is an entirely circular property. One with 1,923 sq. ft. of curvy space over two floors, finished with a flat roof and a suitably circular garden.
The downside? Well, it’s not as much a downside as something worth mentioning. The agent points out that the house has been ‘dearly loved and looked after’ with a new kitchen and bathroom added in the fairly recent past. But the house is crying out for a renovation / makeover right now.
For example, the original curved Crittall windows are in need of some work and others have been replaced by modern-day double glazing. Obviously Crittall is still in business today, so you can ‘rewind’ the latter if you fancy an upgrade.
But on the plus side, some stylish period detailing remains. The circular shape of course, but dig deeper and you will see a map of the 1930s estate on the floor of the house, created using coloured mosaic tiles and used as an information resource when the house was the ‘office’ for the newly-built estate. It survives in ‘largely original condition’ and is a real talking point.
As for space, you will first encounter a large entrance hall on the ground floor when you walk in, which leads to a curved (of course) dining room at the front overlooking the sea. At the rear of this floor is a reception room (once a bedroom), a separate kitchen, a bathroom, a study and a utility room.
Head up the S-shaped staircase to the first floor and you will find three bedrooms, a shower room with a double-sized cubicle plus a sitting room across the front of the house, which allows the occupants to take in those wonderful coastal views.
Outside are the gardens (mainly lawn) and a garage.
Certainly a great opportunity for someone to bring a stylish period property back to life. The asking price is £700,000.
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