I am indebted to reader Annie Keddie for this first property as she found it and suggested it might be suitable, and she was right as I think you might agree when you come inside. I should also add that if any of you spot anything suitable on your travels then do let me know as you have no idea how hard it is to find suitable houses for this slot.
Sometimes I think I will discontinue it and then someone always pops up and says how much they enjoy it and I understand. There’s nothing I love more than poking round other people’s houses but finding properties that are good enough to tour and on the market can be tough. I’m not complaining by the way just saying that if you spot anything that might work then let me know. Right…. onwards.
This is a five bedroom house near Brixton, in south east London and is on the market for £1,495,000 with Marsh & Parsons. It’s spread over four floors and has been fully refurbished throughout.
There’s a basement area with its own entrance, the family kitchen diner, a bedroom and en suite bathroom which is described by the agent as being perfect for anyone requiring some independent space. To which I say – isn’t that everyone? But then again – is it perhaps better that you are dimly aware what time your teenager staggered home on Saturday night even if he did wake you up when he slammed the front door (and are teenagers actually capable of shutting doors any other way?) and also do you want to create a lovely space for your mother to move into and NEVER LEAVE?
So, moving on. Or rather up, the master bedroom suite on the first floor has a walk-in wardrobe, bathroom and all the sort of stuff you would expect in a house of this size.
But do we like it? I have to say that while I don’t really do blue I’m applauding the vendor’s decision to paint the double doors connecting both ends of the knock through reception in such a vibrant colour. Is it time we made doors a feature rather than painting them white and hoping they blend in?
You will all have your own opinions on this single grey wall in the bedroom below I’m sure. I love the colour, would have done the whole room. Or perhaps just the window frames. Or half way up all the walls. I will say this; in a room this large with two windows it won’t be dark if you did all four walls grey.
But look how the dark walls makes the green of the bed standout. The whole room painted would be knockout.
Finally to the bathroom with its black shower head and taps which is rather delicious. The vintage basin unit also softens the space and adds character. I can’t get beyond the height of the mirror which touches the ceiling and would have to be lowered by at least one tile on the day I moved in. But other than that I’m not remotely fussy or hard to please. The Mad Husband will tell you that in every single house or flat we have lived in (bought and rented) I have made him hang pictures on the day we get the keys and before we can go to bed on the first night. He’s always mighty thrilled with that I can tell you.
Next up it’s off for a quick look around a Grand Designs house which some of you will remember from the tv series. It’s an enduring mystery while people nearly kill themselves building their dream homes and then sell them a couple of years later. I can only assume they’re so broken by the experience that they can’t love the finished building as much as they thought they would and have to move on.
It’s for sale with The Modern House for £1,950,000 and if you saw the programme you’ll remember the neighbours were all livid that such a modern barnlike building was going up next to their traditional homes. They came round in the end and it does look rather fabulous in that setting and quite in keeping.
It also went on to win masses of awards for the architect Sandy Rendel and while it’s huge the break in the roof line apparently works to disguise that. And it sort of does. Clever these architect types aren’t they?
Inside it is, unsurprisingly a little too modern for my tastes but that sitting space must be amazing in the summer. Although I wonder if you would feel a little exposed to passers by? I’m torn on that one.
I prefer this picture window below which frames the view and gives you a little more sense of being a room rather than living in the field with the cows. But that’s my opinion and I am not an award-winning architect. Are any of you? What do you think – all of you not just any architects who happen to be reading?