I actually missed this one, but it does look an interesting proposition. A 1960s Rodney J Allen modernist townhouse in Beckenham, London BR3.
Interesting because it needs work. Not huge amounts of work on the face of it, but enough work to call it a renovation project.
The house is part of a group of similar houses dating back to the early 1960s, the work of architect Rodney J Allen for Gough Cooper. Interestingly, this is the first time on the market for a house that has had just one owner since the 1960s.
It does show too, both in a good way and a not-so-good way. But the good definitely wins out, not least because a number of original details are still intact.
So the likes of the well-maintained hardwood flooring in the dining and living rooms, the hardwood balustrades and internal doors are still in place and should form the basis of any redevelopment.
This is actually the end house of nine houses, with entry via a parking area and sheltered porch. Inside there is around 1,530 sq. ft. of space, which is arranged over six split levels.
The ground floor features an entrance hall with guest WC, under-stair storage and access to the integral garage. On the first floor, through the timber-framed reeded-glass door, you will find an open-plan kitchen and dining room with sliding glazed doors to a terrace and steps down to a private paved garden. Via a split-level at the front of the property is an ‘expansive’ living room with glazed double doors to a front balcony.
On the second floor are two bedrooms, both featuring original built-in wardrobes, an airing cupboard and a shower room. The larger of the two bedrooms is L-shaped, with space for a separate study or dressing area if you need or want it. On the third floor is a further bedroom with built-in wardrobes, and a family bathroom.
At the rear of the property, beyond the private gardens, are communal lawns surrounded by trees. Once intended for further development, it eventually ended up being sold to residents. So you own a ‘strip’ of that land too if you bought this place.
Talking of ownership, the house is on the market for £575,000.
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