You know it’s the weekend when it’s time to poke around some other people’s houses and so here we are. No Black Friday deals on these ones sadly, but there might be some ideas to steal.
This first property, a two bedroom split level apartment in The Pioneer Centre, south east London, was described by the founder of the Bauhaus School Walter Gropius as an “oasis of glass in a desert of brick”.
It was built in 1935 to a design by Sir Owen Williams and, according to The Modern House, who are selling this for £750,000, it occupies the best spot in this Grade II* listed building; that is to say the entrance is on the ground floor with the bedrooms above.
And the entrance to the first floor swimming pool (oh didn’t I mention that?) is close to the flat too. And a communal gym and a tennis court. The building was, in fact, designed as purpose-built health centre for the Peckham Experiment, a study into the nature of health. The idea was to observe families in a community setting and monitor the factors that contributed to their wellbeing.
I have to say I reckon I’d be pretty healthy with all those glass walls and an indoor pool practically outside my bedroom. You can read more about the experiment here.
But aside from all the health and history what do you think? I love the open plan living even though in practice, when you have a family – and especially teenage children – open plan living starts to have its drawbacks as everyone wants to do their own thing in their own space but hey – they can do that in their bedrooms and we can have all this lovely space to stretch out and chat while someone cooks and someone else lays the table. I’m just off for a swim, what time did you say dinner would be ready?
Mind you this next house also has floor to ceiling windows in one room and possibly the best window seat in the world. Coming? We’re off to Nether Alderley, near Macclesfield in Cheshire. Bring a coat.
It’s on the market with Savills for £3,950,00 and I want it. Yes I do. Even though you would probably panic every time it rained for longer than 20 minutes. Which I think it might do as it’s in the North West, which is the UK Seattle isn’t it? Cue lots of people shouting and telling me it barely rains at all. In which case brilliant, where do I sign (with my fantasy chequebook).
Imagine having breakfast there? Although with five reception rooms, six bedrooms and a breakfast kitchen (whatever that is) there’s plenty of room for every one to have breakfast wherever they want.
This manor house dates to the 17th century but has 16th century origins. It is also Grade II* listed which just sets me off down a little mental path of how both these properties, which are so completely different, are recognised as special and worth keeping and that makes me feel good on this Black Friday. Although I appreciate it’s not black in the traditional sense of the word. Some of you will remember Black Wednesday which was an entirely different sort of black day. Anyway I digress, who wants to ring the estate agent and see if we can get a stonkingly good discount on this place?
Failing that, we can just look at it here. I think this might be the breakfast kitchen as there’s a dining room elsewhere. If you want to see more then you can, as ever, click the link above. Below is just the hall. Imagine having a hall like that.
And here are floor to ceiling windows 17th century style as opposed to 1930s style. This one might edge it on the view I think. You can sit here and look at the bridge over the moat and see if there are marauding hordes coming for lunch.
And I promised you a great window seat. Whaddyafink of this? I would be on there all day with my feet up and my laptop mostly staring out of the window.
Right, well I think we know where I’m moving too this Fantasy Friday. What about the rest of you?