Saturday, 21 October 2017

Retro treat suits buyers of today

AHH, the Seventies. The era of the Space Hopper, disco and Blue Nun.

AHH, the Seventies. The era of the Space Hopper, disco and Blue Nun. Also the time of the ‘1970s house’, as the stark designs of the Sixties evolved into something a tad softer. And as the average size of a new build keeps shrinking, and with the vertical townhouse seemingly the only other affordable option, suddenly retro houses are beginning to look a lot more inviting.

Open spaces, often light-filled rooms with their larger panes of glass, and a nice big plot - in short, a Seventies house offers all the ingredients many of today’s buyers are looking for.

Take No 7 Pearces Meadow, for example. Positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Nettlebed, it has the bones of a modern marvel. It has been well maintained, so it would make an ideal family home for those thinking long term, as it could be lived in straight away and gradually updated over time.

Downstairs there are two/three reception rooms, a utility room, downstairs toilet, a decent-sized kitchen and a large garden. Upstairs there are four bedrooms (count ‘em!) and a family bathroom, as well as an ensuite to the master.

There are some quirky retro touches, too, such as the serving hatch to the dining room, and a simple stone surround to the working fireplace in the living room. Simply save what you like and update the rest.



Today’s families will appreciate the double doors to the garden, the drive with garage, and loads of storage in the form of cupboards and a large attic. The other factor of note is the garden, which was designed by a Chelsea Flower Show exhibitor, although those with children may wish to inject some lawn back into the extensive patio, which was created using special Italian paving which doesn’t go dark when wet.

As it stands though, the garden is in great shape and comes with water features and a pergola with railway sleeper raised beds â?? a great place to spend your downtime. Elizabeth Nutter, 84, certainly thinks so. She’s lived at the house for the past 10 years and told Standard Property that the garden is the “best room in the house”.

She says: “When I moved in, I only needed to decorate the house, but outside I spent a fortune! There is nothing better than sitting in the garden in the sunshine.

“It gets all the morning sun as well as all day long until late afternoon and is very private â?? nobody can see you. It’s very lush!”

Inside the house, Elizabeth’s place of choice is the sitting room which, being double aspect, “gets the sun coming in from both sides”.

So it’s no wonder that she will miss both the house and the village when she downsizes and moves to Henley.

“Nettlebed has everything,” she continues. “It’s a place where you can get involved in so many things. Plus there’s a 24-hour garage, a very good doctor’s surgery, and from the house I can walk to the post office in just three minutes.”

For sale with Robinson Sherston at a price of £500,000. Call the Henley branch on (01491) 411911. Joint agent with Savills â?? call (01491) 843000.



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