Something interesting that walks a fine line between modernism and brutalism. But I’ll describe it as a 1960s Ahrends, Burton and Koralek modernist property in Headington, Oxford.
It dates back to 1968, sits in a conservation area and is described by the agent as both ‘controversial’ and ‘ground-breaking’. You can perhaps understand why.
This is bold residential architecture from a trio of architects perhaps best known for what Prince Charles described as a ‘monstrous carbuncle’, but what is known by the rest of the world as the extension of the National Gallery. It wasn’t the only project to turn heads, with this development certainly getting people talking back in the late 1960s.
That’s perhaps because of the contrasts at work. Sharp angles and uncompromising concrete and block builds in a conservation area on the edge of open green space. Even today, this is a style that will provoke opinion. But with a reappraisal of brutalism in recent years, it’s also a style that will have many admirers.
Adding to the appeal is the condition of this one too. If I discount the bathroom (and lets be honest, no one wants an old bathroom unless it is something very special) everything here looks to be original.
The distinctive (and versatile) layout is obviously still in place. That would be a tough one to change. But so are the many details, fixtures and fittings.
To be honest, some updating might well be needed to bring it back to its best. But there is so much to appreciate here, right down to the original kitchen units. That spiral staircase is pretty special too.
In terms of the space within, this is a four bedroom house, with a first floor drawing room and balcony to take full advantage of the open aspect and views across countryside, along with a study, dining room, entrance hall, utility, two bathrooms, a WC and the kitchen.
In addition to that, you also get a double garage with a covered walkway leading into the house and some private gardens.
Not for everyone, but I suspect a lot of appeal for a good number of you out there, especially with the condition. The guide price on this one is £900,000.
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