Huge thanks to David for pointing out this 1960s Douglas Laird-designed modernist property in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland.
It’s a house he knows well too. Laird’s House was designed by his late father in there early 1960s and from what we can see, has changed little since.
Obviously the decor and some fittings have been upgraded over 50+ years, but not a lot more. The agent says that the house ‘could now benefit from some modernisation’, which is perhaps true. But hopefully without altering the footprint and character of this place.
This is a single-storey property in a ‘sought after’ location with views over Winterfield Golf Course to the sea beyond and apparently in walking distance from all the local amenities. So location is definitely a plus.
So is the house, which has a fairly open plan layout and large windows to take in the views and boost the light. Certainly a great starting point to create your midcentury modern dream home.
In terms of the layout, that kicks off with an entrance vestibule, which leads onto the fitted kitchen and utility and a double aspect open plan lounge with ‘sunken’ seated area, wood burning stove and dining area. This also overlooks the front and rear sheltered courtyards.
A hallway also accesses both courtyards, as well as the bedroom wing. There are five double bedrooms here, three of which have fitted wardrobes. Finishing off the space is the family bathroom and cloakroom.
There is plenty of outside space too. ‘Mature gardens’ surround the house, with a gravel driveway with parking leading to the single attached garage. There is also a walled lawned courtyard and an original pavilion, as well as a large lawn, a wooded area and a ‘suntrap’ courtyard patio.
One thing to note is that planning application has been submitted to the council for a dwelling on connected land owned by the current proprietors. That might be an issue, but at the same time, the land is available for sale separately if you decide you need that too.
But before you contemplate that, consider the asking price of offers over £340,000 for the main house.
Images and details courtesy of Simpson and Marwick. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.