So much land and space, but the design of this 1960s modern house in Croft, Warrington, Cheshire, is still the star of the show.
I know this one will be popular because it has everything readers love. An interesting design, original features, potential and although not cheap for many, you do get an awful lot for your money here.
Yes, renovation work will need undertaking. No one is denying that at all. But this could be someone’s dream modern and/or midcentury modern home with the right eye and the right investment.
You will also have the pleasure of being just the second owner of this house too., That’s right. This is the first time this house has been on the market in over 60 years, which is perhaps why so many of the original (and, at the time, cutting-edge) features and fittings are still in place.
According to the agent, the house design was ‘years ahead of its time’ and still looks quite bold today. The large plot might lead to someone considering replacing the house, but I think the existing house still has much to offer today. Houses like this rarely come up for sale today. And certainly not in the north of England.
Updates as and where required whilst maintaining the original architecture and key fittings should mean a modern family home with bags of character. As I said, it isn’t going to be cheap, but it would be a shame to lose such an eye-catching piece of architecture.
The house sits on an elevated plot covering something like five acres in total, which is best demonstrated by the overhead shot above. Plenty of seclusion here, and the ideal place to get away from it all. Not too far, though, with the M6 and M62 motorways to the south.
On that plot are a large drive, parking space, stabling, garaging, outbuildings, and access to the paddock and tennis courts. Of course, this would suit anyone with an interest in horses, but there are other uses too. Not least, an agricultural one, perhaps? Or just enjoy the setting as it is.
There was originally a swimming pool here too, but according to the agent, it is ‘not currently in use’, but ‘it could be reinstated’ if you like the idea of one.
I would guess it’s unlikely to be at the top of your ‘to-do’ list, with the house itself the starting point. A substantial build, largely untouched and in need of functional and some stylistic upgrades.
Functional because the bathrooms are in need of modernisation, and although there are aspects of the kitchen I like, I suspect updating is an early priority there too. But beyond that (unless a survey says otherwise), it’s all about your personal taste.
Obviously, I don’t know how much is staying in terms of the fixtures and fittings (but I suspect the amazing circular TV will be departing the scene). However, on a general level, I would be looking to preserve the architecture, as well as the feature stone, brick, and wood walls. Those light fitting are pretty special too. That should retain the original look and feel of the house.
Outside of that, with new carpets and decor, plus some furnishings in keeping with the original era, this place will look amazing. The layout itself looks like it adapts well to the modern era too, but you would have to book a viewing to judge that for yourself.
Talking of layout, the house offers something like 4000 sq. ft. of living space, with the reception largely to the front and the bedrooms to the rear of the property.
The large entrance hallway has a cloak area and WC, with access from there into the lounge area, which is pretty much the focal point of the entire house.
Note the vaulted ceiling, the feature fireplace/divider, full-height windows, and what looks like a bar area. To the right are a kitchen and dining space and a further lounge.
There are three large double bedrooms at the rear, with a bathroom and an en-suite. Finishing things off are a utility room and boiler room.
As I mentioned earlier, there was originally a swimming pool too, which was accessed from the house. It isn’t in use but could be reinstated. That would be quite the talking point if you do.
I also mentioned the outside space earlier, which is a huge selling point with plenty of possibilities. Considering how little land you get with a modern new build house, it is a significant bonus.
Of course, that is factored into the price, along with a house itself. If you can see yourself living here or making it your next project, the asking price is £895,000.
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