Being pitched for enlargement or renovation, but I like this 1960s modernist property in Dorking, Surrey just as it is.
It isn’t perfect though, which is perhaps why the word renovation is being used. But it is relatively untouched, which is a huge part of the appeal.
The agent believes this individual architect design dates back to the early 1960s, which sounds about right to me. I don’t think much, if anything, has been changed structurally here and it a a relatively small house considering the size of plot, which is 0.8 acres. I guess land wasn’t such a big deal back then.
That large plot is obviously a concern in terms of the architecture, as someone might fancy coming along and changing it beyond recognition or even replacing it with something all-new. But at the same time, someone might just fall in love with the house and like a bit of land to enjoy and to guarantee some privacy.
The design is very much of its era, with the house seemingly rectangular in shape and fairly heavily glazed to bring in the daylight. The wood cladding on the top floor is also an eye-catching feature, as is the sun room that opens onto the garden.
Inside, as I said earlier, isn’t perfect. There are some period and retro features that might appeal, including both the kitchen and the fireplace in the living room for example, as well as the odd timber-clad ceiling (currently painted).
But the finish throughout is just very muted, with beige and cream being the order of the day. The right finish and some of your own furnishings and this house would be transformed.
In terms of the living space, the current layout, which is described as ‘adaptable’, is laid out with the entrance hall and cloakroom, which leads to the sitting room and dining room and a sun room beyond. All of those rooms look out across the garden and beyond.
The oh-so-retro kitchen leads to the utility room with access to the double garage and workshop. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
And that’s about it apart from that plot, which is 0.8 acres within the Sutton Place private estate and backing onto woodland. The location can’t really be beaten.
That’s definitely a factor when it comes to the price. This one is up with a guide price of £950,000.
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