Heavily updated inside, but this is still an interesting 1930s art deco house in Walsall, West Midlands.
To be honest, most art deco houses are heavily-updated inside these days. I know there are examples of renovation projects and houses that have been maintained to period perfection (like the Sunpark art deco house in Brixham). But those houses stand out because they are in a minority.
The majority of art deco houses were built around 90 years ago. That amount of time isn’t going to pass without updating for most houses. Also, you have to allow for the fact that some people don’t want to live in the 1930s. They might like the architecture, but they might also like their modern-day home comforts. All of which brings us nicely to this house in Walsall.
To be fair, the architecture itself has survived magnificently and some of the period details are still intact. But as you can see, a good part of the house has been updated and possibly in the fairly recent past, which may or may not be a selling point to you. As ever, it all comes down to personal taste, whether it’s this house or any other.
The agent doesn’t go into a great deal about the house but it does mention that wonderful circular tower, the leaded wrap around the staircase windows, the horizontal band of porthole windows and the flat roof. All big selling points.
To these eyes, the windows might well be original too but you would need a closer inspection to confirm that. Internal doors too, the staircase of course and possibly the rest door and frame as well. In short, the fabric of this house is unchanged since the 1930s. Beyond that, it is the finishes that push it more into the 21st century.
The kitchen of course, as well as the bathrooms. Beyond that, some rooms seem like recent updates, others less so. Again, it tends to be decor, which you can change yourself. I would say this one has survived pretty well.
It’s quite a substantial place as well, one that has a ‘semi-rural location’ with close proximity to some open countryside and views of the neighbouring golf course from the upper levels. There’s also a single-storey garage that could offer possibilities for extending, should you get the relevant planning permissions.
As for the layout, the entrance hall accesses a study and beyond that, the dining room and sitting room, both of which look out onto the rear garden. To the far side of the study is the large breakfast room/kitchen with the porthole windows, a utility and a downstairs bathroom.
Head up the curving staircase with the feature windows and you access the master bedroom with bathroom and dressing room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
That’s not quite all as there is the single garage I mentioned as well as that art deco staple, the roof terrace. This one seems significant too, even with some solar panels in place. A great place to hang out and take in the views over the summer months.
Not the only place to hang out either as the house also has a long, far garden too plus patio area, along with a smaller front garden and a large driveway.
Offers over £550,000 if this is your dream house.
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