I wish there were more photos of this 1970s time capsule in Emsworth, Hampshire. But the ones here give a decent impression of it.
It looks older than it actually is but the house dates from 1978 and looking at it, nothing has changed in over 40 years. Known as White Walls (you can probably work that one out), it seems to have been in the same family since construction, which is perhaps why this ‘much-loved home’ is so faithful to its original design inside and out.
Will it survive a new owner? That’s hard to say. Someone might fall for the quirkiness of this individual design, but the agent sees this as an opportunity to ‘refurbish and reconfigure the existing building’ to create a more contemporary family home.
I can see both sides of the coin. Someone with a love of bold 1970s interiors might like the idea of keeping much of what is here intact. But at the same time, this design might lend itself to some updating.
The dark walls and bold carpets might not be for everyone, but the large windows, angled, double-height ceilings, the gallery and the internal white brick walls just might. It all comes down to personal taste.
As for the layout, the ground floor starts with a reception hall, leading the triple-aspect, double-height reception space with full-height window and patio doors to the gardens. It also opens into a neighbouring dining room with patio doors to the terrace. Beyond that is a ‘good-sized’ kitchen and three ‘well-proportioned’ bedrooms plus a family bathroom.
On the first floor, a galleried landing accesses two dormer bedrooms, both with ‘extensive’ eaves storage and the master featuring French doors to a private balcony. A second family bathroom finishes things off.
Outside, a paved driveway has private parking for several cars and accesses the integral garage. The garden has lawned areas, mature shrubs and fruit trees together with a paved terrace and a second covered terrace/verandah area.
£475,000 is the guide price if you want to take this on.
Images and details courtesy of Strutt and Parker. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.
Huge thanks to Sian for the tip-off.