Thanks to Damon for flagging up this 1960s time capsule in Cupar, Fife, Scotland, which is now up for sale.
First off, let’s get one thing out of the way. This individually-designed house from the 1960s isn’t the best looking place around. I like the angles and the roof but the outer walls are very grey. Maybe freshening that up would transform it, as the shape isn’t bad in truth.
But that’s not really the selling point here. The draw for this midcentury house is that untouched exterior.
When I say untouched, I really do mean it too. This is a snapshot of an era. Presumably the era from when the house was designed. There’s no mention of this being a first time on the market for ‘Tara’, but we can presume that it is pretty likely. At the very least it hasn’t seen the market for some decades.
As a result of that, there is so much to appreciate here. The angled ceilings with wood cladding of course, along with the wood-panelled walls, the original flooring, a feature brick fireplace, the original kitchen still in place, the original wooden staircase, a largely original bathroom, your own retro workshop and plenty of design touches from the era. That rug in the living room is something else.
But it isn’t perfect and who know what a survey might bring up? But it is a house with a lot of potential, offering a basis for creating something special with a strong 1960s vibe. If it works geographically for you, this one isn’t badly priced either. More on that in a moment.
For now, let’s talk space, which is another selling point of this house.
First up is what’s described as a ‘bright and spacious’ entrance hallway with stairs leading to the mid-level floor of the property.
The ‘spacious’ (that word again) lounge with open fire is at the rear of the property, which means you get views across the garden and a door accessing it. Beyond that is a separate dining room, which is next to the kitchen and its original 1960s units. That might need a sort out, but the original cupboards really need giving pride of place in any renovation. That room also overlooks the garden.
On the first floor of the house, you will find three bedrooms, all with built in cupboards. The family bathroom and its three-piece suite is also on this floor.
The ground floor is made up of the utility room, WC and shower, along with a substantial workshop with access to the garage.
The rear garden is accessible from the workshop or lounge and is mainly laid to lawn with mature trees, shrubs, plants and bushes plus a timber shed and summer house.
More garden at the front, along with trees for privacy, a garden pond and a carport to the side. A driveway for more parking as well.
Fancy it? Offers over £260,000 for this one if you do.
Images and details courtesy of Thorntons at Rightmove. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.
If you want to see more in a similar area, do check out my Modernist Scotland round-up of popular house finds in that country.