I do like seeing these come onto the market although this 1970s Royston Summers lakeside modernist house in Esher, Surrey is some way out of my budget.
But if it happens to be in yours, read on, as I haven’t seen one of these places come up for sale for a while.
As you might recall, this is one of 15 houses designed by Royston Summers in 1975. all set around a lake and all maintaining their modernist charm some years on. You might well have seen it on the big screen too, as scenes from Rush and Bohemian Rhapsody were filmed here and numerous TV commercials have used it as a backdrop.
Ok, the interior (like many others) might have been upgraded, but the rather stark brick and glass exterior are unchanged and for me, that’s the appeal here.
The exterior could have been photographed in the 1970s and the walls of glass are still in place. But as I said, the interior for this particular lakeside house has been reworked.
But that work has been done with one eye on keeping the integrity of the overall design. The exposed brick inside is still in place, as is the wooden staircase, which works in some double-height space and from what I can see, the original layout.
But elsewhere, the finishes are fresh, premium and very modern. A glance at the kitchen and bathrooms tells you that. Which is what you would expect of a house that is over 40 years old in a very desirable area.
As you might have guessed, as well as the style comes space. A lot of space. 4,000 sq. ft. in total, including a substantial entrance hall, a living room, the kitchen and breakfast room, a dining room and a family room on the ground floor.
Upstairs you will find a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, two more bathrooms, and a laundry area. But that’s not quite the end of the story.
The outside space is also worth talking about with this house. Yes, you have the much sought-after lakeside location (which must be a dream to wake up to), but you also get landscaped gardens, a swimming pool, sauna with changing room and an integral double garage. That’s an impressive set of leisure facilities. At least, when the weather allows. If it doesn’t, just tinker with the car inside.
Architecture, location, setting and luxury, Inevitably it all adds up when it comes to the price. In this case, it adds up to an asking price of £2,195,000.
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