It doesn’t jump off the page from the outside. But the interior and views of 1970s modern house in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, Scotland are something else.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the architecture. It’s just a little more understated compared to the inside of this 1970s build. But it is built for purpose – and one of the key purposes, like all the houses in the area, is to ensure framed views of the scenery beyond.
Imagine waking up and seeing that view of the Firth of Forth and the bridge stretching across each day? That’s why these houses are so sought after and why they rarely come up for sale. You may have to wait a long time before another comes along.
The house dates from the early 1970s and I would suspect, so does much of the interior too. If you love the 1970s, this might well be your dream house with features that are almost impossible to replicate in the modern era.
Your eye is drawn to something different every time you look at it. Whether that’s the furniture, the carpets, the different levels, the wood detailing, the stairs, the stone fireplace or the lighting. And that’s just the reception area. Someone obviously invested a lot of money into this house and it shows.
Of special note (for me at least) are the internal curved stone walls, the raised living room overlooking the main floor, those feature wood details, some nice exposed brick, the fireplace I mentioned earlier and a huge kitchen that looks futuristic as well as very much of its era. I love it. The bathrooms are rather unique too.
Yes, it’s a time capsule of the era, but this house is also a very liveable space for the modern era too. Of course, a love of the 1970s helps But as a piece of architecture, this house still stands tall. Large windows, open spaces, premium finishes – these are all things the modern buyer craves. And those views from the large reception area window really do top it off perfectly.
There is some updating to do here. Not everything from the 1970s has aged well. Whether that’s flooring, decoration or furnishings (which are unlikely to stay). But just look at the potential here. This could and should be a characterful home for many more years to come with the right amount of work and investment. These kinds of opportunities don’t come around often.
So the interior and the location are both big selling points, but so are the well-manicured plot and the amount of living space within the house, as well as its flexibility. This is quite a substantial dwelling.
That’s made up of an entrance vestibule, which leads onto the good-sized sitting room, complete with a sunken garden plus large windows and skylights to maximise the brightness within.
That room is open plan to the dining room, the large spacious and fully-fitted breakfasting kitchen and a further family room.
There’s also a lounge with a feature fireplace and patio doors to the large balcony. That’s where you can best experience the stunning views over the Firth of Forth.
The house also has three large double bedrooms with built-in storage and more views, a family bathroom and a large shower room.
As I said, the outside isn’t shy of space either, offering up off-street parking, a detached double garage with power and the extensive and very well-maintained garden grounds with sweeping lawns, established plants, shrubs and trees.
So much character and potential here. I hope someone sees it and takes it on to create something very special in the 21st century. If that happens to be you, then you’ll need to make an offer of over £695,000.
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