Architecture and location in perfect harmony with this 1960s Ducketts Mead modernist house in Roydon, Essex.
In fact, this is the perfect style of architecture for a location like this. The house is one of five stilted houses built in the late 1960s and rather striking in their location on the edge of the River Stort in what’s described as the ‘pretty’ village of Roydon.
I have never been to Roydon, but the images on the agent’s listing (more of which you can find on the agent’s site) do suggest it is a rather lovely location.
If the peace of the country location gets a bit much for you, there’s a direct line to London Liverpool Street, taking just 33 minutes, plus other routes towards the capital too. So well located for commuting as well.
But the selling point for me isn’t the easy access to London, it’s the 1960s modernist architecture, covering something like 1,434 sq. ft. and as you might expect with a ‘raised’ house, most of the living space across the upper floor of the property.
If you want more, the current owners have planning permission in place to extend to a further 1,000 sq. ft. at the rear of the property. Plans for that are included in the sale and obviously, if you want to know more, you should contact the agent for the full details.
As it stands, there is still much to admire, with the entrance under that cantilever, as well as space to park a couple of cars. The utility space is also at the lower end of the house.
Once in the entrance hall, the original timber staircase takes you to what’s described as a ‘spacious’ landing room, which in turn accesses the main living areas.
The space is a ‘free-flowing arrangement of rooms in a lateral layout’ with full-length glazing boosting the natural light. Has it been updated? Well, yes it has, but not overly so. The kitchen is recent, the bathrooms sound like they have been updated too. But beyond that, it is fairly neutral. Well looked-after, but something of a blank canvas.
The living room is at the front of the house and as you can see, still features the original chimney breast and offers views out over the nearby river.
The master bedroom also has floor-to-ceiling glazing, as well as an en-suite bathroom, with the kitchen and dining room on the opposite side of the house, both looking out over the rear garden. The rest of the space is made up of the three additional bedrooms.
As for the outside space, I mentioned the rear garden, which is described as secluded and private. Opposite the house is a gated riverside area that is reserved for residents of Duckett’s Mead, with private moorings available to rent yearly if you want to have some fun on the river. It’s on your doorstep, so why not?
£725,000 is the price of this one.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.