The ‘Sunspan’ House, Essex – one of only 15 Art Deco houses remaining in The UK – is going up for auction. The pre-War, pre-fabricated building was designed by David Pleydell-Bouverie (and Wells Coates) who was also the architect of the famous Isokon building in Hampstead, London, where Agatha Christie lived in the 1940s.
Designed specifically to let as much light as possible into the living space, Sunspan Homes faced South on 2 sides. This particular example has largely remained unchanged since its construction. The garden features an original World War II air raid shelter and the building acquired Grade-II listed status in 2012.
Its current owner, Andrew Skinner, commented:-
The house has been in my family since it was built – it was the hub of my family where everyone would gather on special occasions… My guess is that my grandparents bought it because they were nouveau riche and the contemporary Art Deco style would have appealed to them.’.
On his hopes for its new owners:-
‘If people restored it as it was in its former glory that would be great. But really and truly, if someone just loved the house I’d be happy because it was a happy house and it should be again.’.
Set in 3.5 acres of Green Belt land with River Thames frontage, the property will go under the hammer at Hammer Price Homes from Monday, 20th August until Wednesday, 22nd August. Bids will start at £415,000.
[Credits: Hammer Price Homes, wowhaus.co.uk; historicengland.org.uk; homesandproperty.co.uk; findproperty.co.uk]