Something of a time capsule, this 1960s midcentury modern house in Keighley, West Yorkshire is looking for a new owner.
Quite a remarkable place too. Located in the East Morton area, it is just five miles south of Ilkley and within easy reach of Bingley and Guiseley, as well as being on the rail line to Leeds. So a lovely spot, but well connected too.
That’s a selling point, but not as much as the house itself, which is an individually designed midcentury modern property that has never been offered for sale in the past.
The private setting with the lake is obviously a draw, as is the architecture itself, which takes full advantage of the scenery with the sizeable balcony overlooking the nearby stream. The fact that it has barely been touched for decades is another pull.
I love this split-level design. Looking every bit the modernist single-storey house from the front, it drops down at the rear to add much more accommodation than you might otherwise expect.
The architecture is untouched and as such, very desirable. But the interior has barely changed too. Ok, some work might be needed to bring it back to its best in terms of the decor and the detailing. But just look at the potential here.
The large windows, balcony access, the spacious kitchen with the wood-clad ceiling and more access to the balcony, the original open-tread staircase and bedrooms that offer a ‘blank canvas’ opportunity for someone.
Ok, the bathroom needs updating, not everyone will love the kitchen and the decoration and carpets might not be for everyone either. But take a step back from that and look at it. You really don’t get opportunities like this, especially in this part of the world, to create your own midcentury modern dream home.
Space too, both inside and out. But you need to look at the floorplan (or book a viewing) if you want to get the full picture of what it offers.
The main floor is accessed from the upper level, with the entrance leading to a hallway, which in turn accesses the large lounge and the equally substantial kitchen, both of which have that balcony access.
The first floor is essentially down a lovely and has three bedrooms, the family bathroom and plenty of built-in storage. But that’s really only half of the picture. The grounds are a massive selling point too.
The gardens are substantial and to the front and sides, with a stream running to the front of the property, which as I said, can be looked out at from the large balcony.
You might have noticed the built-in garage too, as well as an additional parking area. It’s a large plot and with the relevant permissions, you might be able to extend the living space too. Ideally, in keeping with the original house design.
Fancy it? I suspect a lot of people will. The house is on the market for £400,000.