We have featured slightly better examples of these in the past, which are well worth checking out. Not least because it shows just how this 1960s grade II-listed property on the Cockaigne Housing Group development, Hatfield, Hertfordshire could look with just a little effort.
The reason for it perhaps not looking as ‘sharp’ as some of those others is perhaps down to it having just the one set of owners. Yes, this is the first time that this grade II-listed house has been on the market. The current owners bought it ‘off plan’ back in 1963 and loved it so much, they never moved out. Can’t say we blame them.
The house is one of a group of houses that make up the development, all designed by Peter Phippen, Peter Randall and David Parkes and collectively described as one of the finest post-war private housing schemes in Britain,. Hence the grade II listing.
There is a big plus to this property, which is that originality. Yes, the kitchen is relatively new, with a few other updates here and there is you browse through the images, including a roof over what was traditionally an internal courtyard. But much of what you see is what the architects’ planned over 50 years ago. Always a bonus.
The house is laid out over a single floor, which includes three or four bedrooms (depending on your configuration), a living room with full-height glazing, that updated kitchen, a dining room, conservatory, two bathrooms and a utility / store room. As we said, the internal courtyard is still there, but is now covered, adding to the internal space.
That’s the layout ‘as is’, but according to the agent, you can reconfigure the layout courtesy of the original bi-fold doors.
Outside there are private gardens at both the front and rear and an integrated garage. But that’s not quite all you get.
Owners of the Cockaigne properties also share the ‘extensive’ communal gardens (the site covers 2.8 acres), as well as a tennis court, a secure children’s play area and a community house with a self-contained guest flat.
It perhaps needs work to bring it back to its best for the 21st century, but not a great deal to these eyes. Book a viewing if you want to confirm just how much work is needed. If it works for you, the house is up for sale for £525,000, with a £550 annual service charge to factor in too.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.