I know a lot of you will love this 1960s time capsule in Crumlin, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. I certainly do.
I know the agent has had a number of enquiries about this, which is hardly surprising when you consider the uniqueness of the house and the price. It’s the kind of design and condition that doesn’t come along often.
The house is described as a Scandinavian-inspired build, one I would presume is from the 1960s based on the internal details. This is also a house in plenty of land. Two acres, to be precise. So privacy comes as an added selling point too.
But the one selling point for me is all of the original detail in this house. The architecture itself is distinctive and very much of its era. But at the same time, something that would work well as a 21st-century living space with a few tweaks.
Not too many though. This one is packed with the kind of midcentury modern details that are hard to replicate in the modern era. if the exterior doesn’t grab you, the interior certainly will.
Where to start? Well, let’s start with what you can see from the outside, which is the full-height glazing. The net curtains probably take away some of the drama for now but there must be so much natural light pouring in here.
Once inside you will find a midcentury modern dream. The kind of space you might expect to see in California rather than Crumlin.
The vaulted, wood-clad ceilings for example, as well as the exposed brick walls, that wonderful room divider in the reception area, open-plan living space and a kitchen that is open to the living space and still contains the original midcentury modern kitchen units. There may be more too. An intriguing mention of a ’sunken bath’ suggests the time capsule carries further into the house than just the reception areas.
It all looks so well-preserved too. Even much of the furnishings in here look to be from the original era. Although obviously, they are not included in the sale.
Updates and few and far between looking at the images. Perhaps a new garage door, maybe a new radiator or two and an updated fire. But you have to look hard to find the updates.
Of course, the house needs work to bring it back to its best. A time capsule like this is a lovely canvas to work with and I would hope a potential buyer sees the merit in what is here.
A refresh of the furniture and finishes, an update of that kitchen and a general lift throughout and this could be a midcentury modern gem once more. With the price on its side, there might well be space in the budget to do the work required too.
In terms of the living space, that starts with a front porch/entrance, which in turn leads to the focal point of the house, the open-plan living/dining room. It’s a bright space with an open fire, featured sunken floor area in the living room plus the high ceilings and full-height windows.
The kitchen is open to it too and although in need of an update, packs the kind of original cabinetry that’s almost impossible to find these days.
Beyond the reception is the master bedroom with a feature brick wall and an en-suite with a sunken bath, shower unit and WC. A second bedroom is described as spacious and again has a feature brick wall, as does the third bedroom. A shower room finishes off the internal layout.
But that’s not quite it as there is an adjoining garage here too, as well as an outbuilding and sheds on the two acres of land. So good space inside and out.
And all for what seems like a reasonable price. This house is on the market for offers around £199,000.
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