Big thanks to Matthew for letting us know about this 1960s Ian Ferguson-designed modernist property in Moseley, Birmingham, West Midlands.
One of a group of houses dating back to 1965, they used a unique (at the time) timber frame construction method in the UK, an idea that was imported from the US and Canada and guaranteed the properties would stand out from the crowd. This one still does.
Perhaps that’s because much of the period is still evident here, but also because the current owners have put their own stamp on it too. It’s something of a retro / modern melting pot.
But if you wanted to take this right back to its 1960s past, that shouldn’t be more than a change of decor. The house doesn’t look to have been altered in any significant way.
In terms of position and layout, this one sits in what is described as a ‘spectacular’ plot that offers ‘panoramic’ views of the land around. See the agent’s site for photos of those views.
Head up the drive and you will pass a detached double garage, the gardens and what’s described as a ‘secluded outdoor eating / entertaining area’. The latter also accesses the reception hall.
That hall has storage, the stairs to the first floor and a cloakroom, leading to the main ground floor living space. That’s made up of a study, the main open plan living area and its floor to ceiling windows and strangely, a concealed, sunken hydro-therapy pool with shower area and heated towel rail. Also on the ground floor is the dining kitchen, which also accesses the entertaining area and garage.
Head up the stairs and you will be greeted with a Mondrian-inspired area that’s really quite something. A live-in piece of art.
Beyond that are the bedrooms, two with smaller balconies, two without and a fourth with a ‘deep balcony’ offering open views over the allotments and onto Edgbaston, Rea Valley, the University Clock Tower and QE Hospital. A bathroom and WC complete the inside space.
We briefly mentioned the outside area, but to recap, there is a side garage and utility, a detached double garage and plenty of garden and entertaining space.
More images on the listing, so do check those out. If you fancy it, the guide price is £599,950.
Images and details courtesy of Robert Oulsnam and Company. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.