Now this is rather lovely. Even better, the Elspeth Beard modernist property in Guildford, Surrey you see here has just gone up for sale.
Of course, it isn’t for a giveaway price, but if you have the cash, this is definitely worth checking out.
It looks like a new build, but the house is in fact 12 years old, the work of the noted architect (and first English woman to ride a motorcycle around the world). The hillside location also offers spectacular views via the full-height glazing and the balcony / terrace spaces.
The design is described as having a ‘lateral layout’ made up of ‘a series of inter-connected white boxes’ and a layout that’s designed for flexible living and easy access to the outside space. Open plan living of course.
Once inside you’ll notice that this is as contemporary as you would expect. White walls, white ceilings, further walls of glass and plenty of built-in units. At the same time, it has a ‘homely’ feel, less clinical than a lot of new-builds I encounter.
The focal point of the house is the open-plan kitchen and dining room, which has been designed to bridge the former orchard and courtyard on one side and the open views to the other. Love that courtyard area by the way, screams tranquility.
An elevated drawing room, with its own balcony, is cantilevered over a ‘herringbone brick’ garden wall, which is a remnant from the original house that once stood on this site. The hour also has a family room with direct access to the rear lawn and a play area that includes a sunken trampoline. Great for kids or big kids.
Of course, there are bedrooms too. Five ‘generously proportioned’ bedrooms, including the master with an en-suite bathroom and one additional bedroom en-suite, along with a family bathroom.
Plenty of garden too, with the plot covering around 0.44 acres and including outbuildings and private parking areas.
You have probably guessed that it isn’t cheap and you would be right. £2,750,000 is the asking price.
Images and details courtesy of Knight Frank. For more details, images and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.
Huge thanks to Guy for the tip off!