Huge thanks to Matt for pointing me in the direction of this 1970s brutalist renovation project in Saujon, France.
It is a remarkable opportunity for someone. But that someone will have to pretty much work this one from the bare bones of its concrete shell. This looks like a renovation project started, but not finished. Or is it, as Matt suggests, a modern house never completed in the first place? This might not be a renovation. It might be finishing a job started 40+ years ago.
Whatever the back story, the starting point, from what I can see from the images, is a house that’s just a bare shell. The architecture and nothing else. I know that is a disappointment. This would have been something special in its heyday completed.
I’m not sure when that heyday was, but I am presuming early 1970s for some reason. Maybe late 1960s, but certainly in that area. The background is also thin, with it being described simply as an ‘architect’s house’. If I find out anything else, I will update. But really it’s a case of the pictures telling the story here.
Most of those focus on that amazing and curvy concrete exterior. Radical architecture at the time. It sounds like some work was done on sealing the place and perhaps adding or replacing the glazing from around 2014, but nothing of note since.
From what I can see, the interior involved some big curved spaces, substantial glazing and a terrace that looks down on the space below, as well as out onto the land around this. The house is quite isolated and offers some lovely views from its upper terrace area.
In terms of space, you get 232 sq. metres within and 5,235 sq. metres out, the latter mainly woodland. As for what you can do with the internal space, that’s up to you, but the agent does have existing plans in place.
Specifically, complete plans for the renovation, building permits, quotes and so on. There are some plans on the agent’s site if you want an introduction to that. But as I said, it is down to you if you buy this one.
As for the price, that seems to differ between the two agents currently advertising this house. But the cheapest is €242,900, which works out at around £218,000. Not bad for a house of this stature and the land. But the renovation costs will likely push the investment up significantly.
Note that there are more images at the Coldwell Banker website too. Those give you more of an idea of the internal work required and so far completed.