Thanks to Gareth for spotting this 1960s John Parkinson Whittle-designed modernist property in Didsbury, Greater Manchester for sale. Which is more significant than the listing might indicate.
The agent listing describes this house as ‘truly unique’, which is very true. But it doesn’t mention that the 1963 property is grade II-listed and the work of John Parkinson Whittle as the Whittle family home.
According to Historic England, the house is listed because it is a ‘good and rare example of a small modern house that displays design influences from both Scandinavia and the United States’. In addition, its ‘design aesthetic’ of monochrome with splashes of burnt orange and cobalt blue, the high quality materials used and the survival of the original features also contributed to the listing status.
The originality of this place is definitely a huge plus point. There is so much here, such as the built-in fixtures and fittings (wardrobes, cupboards and shelves for example), the ceilings, the woodblock and tiled floors and what Historic England describes as a ‘dwarf partition screen’ separating the dining room and kitchen.
It is incredibly rare to see a house in this area in such original condition. So let’s be thankful of that listing status and hope the next owner respects all those wonderful details.
If there is a possibility of it being you, then you will want to know all about the house itself. It is a single-storey build on ‘arguably Didsbury’s most sought after tree lined road’ and a house that is set around an internal courtyard garden.
Beyond its striking frontage is an open plan kitchen / dining area, as well as a WC, utility room, a lounge area, sitting room, the family bathroom and five bedrooms, with an en-suite to the master bedroom.
Externally, there is a private lawned garden to the rear and a driveway leading to an internal garage with electric door.
The images tell the story, so check those out here and at the agent’s site. The postcode as well as the architecture dictate the price, which is £850,000.
Images and details courtesy of JP and Brimelow. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.