Maybe land wasn't at such a premium 50 or so years back. Or perhaps house builders had different priorities. Whatever it was, this Edward Schoolheifer-designed house on the Manygate Lane Estate, Shepperton, Middlesex is very different to something found on a modern-day housing estate.
Schoolheifer designed this house back in 1964 for the Lyon group, one of a group of houses on the same estate that are now classed as a conservation area, all benefitting from a landscaped communal square away from the road, as well as front and back gardens. You wouldn't get a communal area like that in 2011, that's for sure.
The house for sale here has been ‘sympathetically maintained’, with much of the original 1960s interiors intact, including pine panelling, rosewood flooring, extensive glazing and aluminium window frames. But this is a modern home, with modern features too, so we’re talking new kitchen, bathroom and boiler for example. Best of both worlds.
In terms of accommodation, the house has an open-plan living area downstairs, arranged around a central ‘pod’ with a kitchen, cloakroom and staircase. Upstairs, the house has four bedrooms and a bathroom, with a garage found close by and additional off-street parked shared with the other residents.
A lovely piece of period design, you'll need to offer around £410,000 to get it.