There is a Clockwork Orange connection with this 1960s Edward Samuel modernist house in Stanmore, Greater London.
On the market from today, the house, which is grade II-listed, was designed by Edward Samuel back in 1963 for Ernest Shenton. He was a successful businessman and the driving force behind the Dixons retail brand amongst other ventures.
He was also a keen fan of modern architecture and design, which is showcased in the house you see here. So why the Clockwork Orange connection? Well, film director Stanley Kubrick wanted to use this house in Stanmore and its ‘avant-garde furniture’ in the 1971 film, but Shenton turned him down. Skybreak House in Radlett was eventually chosen as the replacement location.
If Shenton had given permission, I suspect the asking price might have been pushed up a couple of notches more. Not that the house comes cheap now. But it might be a little cheaper without the movie connection.
The house is grade II-listed and overall, little has changed since Kubrick approached Ernest Shenton. A wood and brick build with accommodation over a single level, the house sits in a secluded position on a landscaped plot overlooking a lake with a waterfall created via the design of the house. Hopefully, the image on the page gives you an idea of how that works.
The house is partially raised on stilts, with the slightly elevated frontage leading onto its own terrace and with space underneath for a basement area. That basement has both the utilities and something you don’t see everyday – underground parking. According to the agent, there has even been listed building consent granted to extend the basement, which has now lapsed, However, it could be re-submitted if you need more space. But you probably want to see how it works right now. Say, there aren’t any images of the lower level.
The front and rear elevations of the house are supported by reinforced concrete beams with a brick and timber-framed structure above, clad in timber stained matt black.
As I noted earlier, the house maintains many of its original features without actually being classed as a ‘time capsule’. Of course, the architecture itself is unchanged, with the wood beams and cladding still present, the wooden floors, the exposed brick, the windows and more.
But a few touches, not least the presence of a modern kitchen, hint that the house has been subject to work over the decades without taking away all that is good about the place.
As for space, that apparently covers 3,500 sq. ft. and includes an entrance hall, family room, the 41 ft. reception and dining area with front-facing terrace, a sunroom overlooking the lake, kitchen and guest cloakroom.
Further along is the master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom, five more bedrooms (one with en-suite shower room) and the family bathroom.
The lower level has a garden room, store room and the double underground garage, which, if I’m honest, is the space that most excites me bizarrely. The property has a 110 ft. frontage, along with driveway parking and landscaped front and rear gardens.
Just on the market (it doesn’t even seem to be on the agent’s site as yet), this one has a price tag of £2,095,000.