Some updating over the years, but not a great deal has changed with this 1960s Alan Ablitt modern house in Loughton, Essex since construction.
Described by the agent as a ‘rarely available’ 1960s family home, it was designed by architect Alan Ablitt for his own family back in 1960 and can be found in ‘one of Loughton’s most sought after residential turnings’.
Whether it has changed hands a lot since is hard to say. I would guess not as much of the original detail remains in place. Not everything, but there hasn’t been a great deal of change in 60 years.
I don’t think the footprint of the house has changed over the years and there are some striking details still in place too.
That reception is rather special. The exposed brick, the full-height window, the (love it or hate it) wood ceilings and the matching wood floor too. An original fireplace? I think so.
Beyond that, there’s more wood and brick elsewhere in the house, an open-tread staircase, what looks like original storage and a rather interesting open layout for the upper floor.
Of course, the kitchen has been updated at some point and a few other touches here and there. It probably needs a little more work to bring it back to its best too, with the agent adding in that there is ‘huge potential for expansion’ as well. In short, a proper with character and possibilities.
As it stands, you get something like 1,923 sq. ft. of living space. That’s laid out with a ground floor of an entrance lobby, a large entrance hall, a downstairs bathroom, dining room, fitted kitchen, utility and the main sitting room, which is the most eye-catching part of the layout.
Head up to the first floor and you get the main bedroom with an en-suite shower room and sauna, which in turn leads to a large roof terrace with views over Epping Forest. Two further bedrooms as well, plus the family bathroom.
As for the outside, the house is approached via a large driveway offering off-street parking for several vehicles. If you need more, there is also an integral double garage. Gated side access leads to the rear garden which is a good size and south-facing.
As I said, a house that probably needs some work to bring it back to its best, but a house packed with period detail and the basis for something special. Not cheap though, with the asking price at £1,200,000.
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Thanks to Mary for the tip-off!