An opportunity to acquire a striking, architecturally significant, four bedroom, single storey residence of approximately 1,926 sq ft favorably situated on one of Lewes’ premier roads where properties rarely become available.
This mid-century, modern, four double bedroom property was designed by local, highly acclaimed architect John Schwerdt in 1961 and stands today as a beautiful example of the trends of the time. With notable inspiration taken from Mies van der Rohe, this bespoke home offers a flexible and functional lateral living arrangement providing all the prerequisites of modern family living and entertaining.
Design emphasis has very much been placed on symmetrical simplicity, geometric lines and open plan living. Numerous oversized windows ensure the integration of the internal spaces with the external gardens and subsequently a sense of nature and the presence of natural light are evident throughout. This detached home has been sympathetically updated over the years by the two previous owners and to this day remains faithful to the original design and design features of the time.
This property’s distinct style is also reflected in the interior decoration, retaining more than a nod to the 1960s, incorporating eye catching hues, natural materials and the decorative yet functional, expansive use of glass. ‘Brutalist’ elements prevail within the design of this home ‘communicating the strength and frank expression of materials and materiality’.
The living spaces are informal and inviting, drawing inspiration from both ‘Deco’ and ‘Space Age’ invoking a nostalgic sensibility. Of particular note internally is the the bright and spacious 20ft living room and again natural materials work seamlessly alongside the high-design, floor to ceiling glass sliding doors that lead to the triple aspect sun room. The kitchen/breakfast room incorporates a fitted kitchen with wood and slate work surfaces and an informal family dining space.
A formal dining room opens out onto the paved terrace and from the main entrance hall a further internal hall leads to the remainder of the accommodation which currently comprises: four light and bright double bedrooms (two of which share an en-suite bathroom and all provide built-in storage) and a family bathroom.
The mature and established gardens which wrap around three sides of the property are a true feature to this elegant home. Predominantly laid to lawn with a selection of mature trees and flowerbeds to the borders the gardens give seclusion and privacy within this central Lewes location.
The gardens also incorporate an ornamental pond and a paved terrace adjacent to the living and dining rooms which offers an ideal space for al fresco dining and entertaining.
A driveway provides off street parking and leads to a single garage, attached workshop and brick-built shed providing ideal studio space with power and lighting and ample storage. Agent’s note: Energy Efficiency Rating E. Viewings are highly recommended to appreciate this highly individual, superbly located Lewes property. No onward chain.