Amazing to think that this house is approaching seven decades old. But that’s the case with this 1950s modern house in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire.
Of course, not all of it is from the 1950s and in no way is this a time capsule. But it is a forward-thinking piece of architecture that has been upgraded and maintained over the decades.
It’s also a house you might recognise too. According to the agent, the house is a ‘coveted location’ for photo and film shoots and has featured in the likes of GQ, Marie Claire, Elle Decoration, and in episodes of The Black Mirror and the new BBC series, Gold Digger. That might be something of an income stream for a new owner if you want to continue down that road.
Regardless of the commercial side, this is an incredibly stylish living space for anyone with money to spare. Californian midcentury modern architecture transplanted into the British countryside.
That was the idea too This single-storey house was built in the 1950s to replicate the design of the original owners’ property in Malibu, California. Since then it has been both extended and refurbished to what you see today. The living space now covers something like 4,000 sq. ft.
The refurbishment gives the impression of a contemporary modern house, but the spirit of the original is alive and well.
Single-storey living, wooden floors, beams, walls of glass bright, open living space and the outside/inside space almost blending into one. All the principles of midcentury modern living. Ok, the 1950s might have been lost, but you do get an incredibly modern and stylish home instead. It’s a trade-off I would be more than happy with.
Electric gates and a driveway with room for several cars lead the way to the house and its black-painted cedar frontage. To the right of the house is a double garage, which is partly obscured from sight by the ‘planted fringe’ of a small wooded area within the front garden.
Head in via the sheltered porch, which then accesses the huge 60ft living and dining room with douglas-fir beams, oak floors and English oak joinery.
Floor-to-ceiling glazing covers the whole of the west side of the house and beyond the glass, cedar decking, to lawn gardens, a reed-edged lake and the fields and woodland of the Stoke Court Conservation Area beyond. Quite a setting to enjoy to look out over.
Behind the modern kitchen is a ‘versatile’ room, currently used as a recording studio but able to adapt to plenty of other uses. Passing by the kitchen you access the south wing, with a bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a utility room with external access, and another ‘substantial’ sitting room with wood-burning stove and sliding glazing that takes you out to the decking and garden.
You will find the remaining four bedrooms on the opposite side of the house, all of which are accessed by a long corridor. Two of the bedrooms are east facing, receiving morning light, and share a shower room and Jack-and-Jill bathroom. At the far end is a large bedroom, also with an en-suite bathroom finished in limestone.
The master bedroom looks out over the garden and again has its own en-suite bathroom, which includes a free-standing bath. The bedroom also has built-in wardrobes and an internal seating area. Slide open the doors and you can enjoy a sunken external terrace and seating area. Planning permission is apparently in place for this area to be incorporated into the building’s footprint should you wish to follow that through.
As I said, plenty of outside space, covering something like one acre of land, adding to the privacy and the tranquil setting. A big selling point.
Of course, that setting and the architecture on it are not going to come cheap. This modernist gem is on the market for £3,000,000.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.