In need of work to bring it to its period best, but this 1930s art deco house in Wetherby, West Yorkshire is still worthy of your attention.
Not that it’s in serious trouble or trapped in the past. On the contrary, the house has been updated here and there, perhaps fairly recently. But it doesn’t quite hold together for me. The agent mentions ‘much further potential’, which is about right.
The 1930s architecture looks to be pretty much untouched, although that’s not strictly true. The exterior needs some tidying up and you might want to think about the windows too. But you are looking at a house design that doesn’t seem to have been significantly tampered with over the decades, even if it has been extended at some point.
The inside is something of a different story. As you can see, the kitchen looks recent, as does the bathroom, with the likes of the flooring, the doors and the radiators all fairly contemporary too. I wouldn’t describe anything as radical, just not original. In fact, period details don’t seem to be jumping out at me anywhere – although agent images don’t always tell the full story.
But there is no reason why you couldn’t work an interior in keeping with the original period here. I see a lot of updated art deco houses – far more than time capsules, that’s for sure. If the interior design is in keeping with the exterior and that outside space catches the eye, this would still be a very special house, as many others are.
Special also because of its sought-after location, one with boating and fishing rights on the River Wharfe at the rear of the house. In fact, this place has a landing stage at the foot of the bank at the back.
Space is considerable too, both inside and out. 2,350 sq. ft. in total, set out over three floors.
The ground floor features a large reception and dining hall, a ‘comfortable’ sitting room, a study and a further reception room currently used as a music room. Also on this floor is a large breakfast kitchen at the rear then leads to a utility and boot area beyond.
Head up the stairs and you will find three double bedrooms and a further single bedroom, plus the family bathroom. The principal bedroom is on the second floor with an en-suite shower room plus a further wrap-around balcony area offering some wonderful views.
As for the outside, the house is approached by a gravelled drive leading to a parking area and carport with detached garage. Beyond that are trees and ‘expansive’ lawned gardens to the front, with a substantial garden area to the rear.
It needs work for sure, but this is still an impressive house and location. Offers over £700,000 if you want it to be your next home.
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