Yes, we are back in Frinton-On-Sea a little sooner than we would have liked. But we really couldn’t resist this 1930s J. T. Shelton-designed modernist property in the town.
As you can see from our Frinton tag, a number of art deco / modern movement properties have come up for sale in the past few years in this area. That’s because there are so many in such a small space. Frinton was once a showcase for British design and architecture, something that seems to be appreciated more as each year passes judging by the prices and the number of renovations we see.
This one dates from the mid-1930s and is described by the agent as ‘one of the best’ of the 35 houses built for this particular development. Your view on that point might well be tainted by the extensive refurbishment by the current owners.
This is something we have discussed many times on this site. To modernise or not to modernise. There is no right or wrong answer. Firstly, we don’t know how much originality was in this place before work started and secondly, not everyone wants to live in a time capsule. It is down to personal choice.
On a personal note, we think the owners have done a good job with this one. A bold period frontage, a modern interior (or ‘retro modern’ when you look at some of the fixtures and fittings) and nod to its heritage here and there, not least with the original parquet floor.
In addition to that, you don’t have to worry about the fabric of the house, with the property benefitting from new electrics, a new roof and new windows as part of the update. Some extending too, with the kitchen boosted and doors added for easy access to the garden.
In terms of space, the ground floor has a porch, a living room that is open plan to a study and that enlarged kitchen and breakfast area. On the first floor you will find three bedrooms, a bathroom and a small terrace.
Outside space includes an integral garage, additional off-street parking and a rear lawned garden. If you want the coast, that’s just a short walk away.
Fancy it? You will need to find £550,000 if you do.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit their website.