Not just striking outside, this 1980s Walter Greaves modernist property in Runcton, West Sussex has a rather wonderful interior too.
So it should. This place was built in 1980s by the noted architect as his family home. Effectively, this was his calling card back in the day and it is now on the market for the very first time.
A lot of 1980s domestic property does sometimes have an issue of dating (and not particularly well), but that’s not the case here. This one still looks cutting edge almost 40 years on. Perhaps that’s why the hour has a rare Grade II* listing by Historic England, which described it as ‘a particularly finely-executed example of post-war architecture’.
It was also a ‘personal labour of love’ for the architect ‘on a site he knew well’, forming part of the garden of the architect’s previous home. Historic England also talk about it as ‘the finest work of an architect of considerable talent… the ultimate expression of his love of timber, creative approach to spatial planning and his meticulous skill for detail’.
That timber is the real star here, used both inside and out, the latter (recently replaced) working well with the nature around it, which covers around three acres. But there’s also the bold design, the subtle use of curves (again inside and out), the open living spaces, bespoke furnishings and the glazing, which frames some lovely garden views. Check put that office space too, I dream of somewhere like that.
Lots of living space too. The ground floor is made up of the living room, a dining area and kitchen leading through to a large utility room, plus two bedrooms, a bedroom / study, further utility room, bathroom and WC. Also on the ground floor is an integral double garage / workshop with an additional cloakroom and a bedroom over.
On the first floor you will find two further bedrooms, one of which is described as a ‘particularly impressive master’, looking out over the surrounding land. A family bathroom finishes things off.
More images on the listing, all of which are worthy of your time. If you want to move in, you will need around £1,395,000. Note that there is a viewing day coming up too. Details of the that on the listing.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.
Thanks also to Nick for the tip off!