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For sale: Falling Water – 1973-designed modernist house in Jesmond Park West, Newcastle

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Words sometimes mean nothing – you really have to see the images of Falling Water to appreciate why this house could be your dream 70s home.

Apparently inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and designed by Ronald Chipchase & Partners for Newcastle scrap metal millionare Freddie Sheperd, it’s an ostentatious show of wealth almost frozen in time – from the stylish modernist exterior and generous gardens through to the authentic 1970s fittings, many last seen in the better home magazines and books of the period.


Everything from the Brazilian rosewood panelling and solid bronze tiled floor through to the stunning galleried lounge and low-level living room with sunken sofa, built-in audio units and Verner Panton Murano three tier opal glass chandelier. If that’s not enough, check out the spiral staircase, cocktail lounge, billiard room and a bathroom by Godfrey Bonsak, inspired by the one featured in the Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever.


I could go on, but to save time, why not check out the full (and incredibly detailed) write-up on the estate agent’s website. And if all that gets your pulse racing, you’ll need to find around £1,850,000 for this truly individual four-bedroomed house. Maybe we could all chip in and preserve it as a museum/house share? Be great for a Retro To Go Christmas party!

Find out more at the Sanderson Young website


6 thoughts on “For sale: Falling Water – 1973-designed modernist house in Jesmond Park West, Newcastle

  1. It’s so nice to see something my father Chippy designed. I’m Amber Chipchase Ronald Chipchase”s biological daughter,(Hayes by marriage only) it’s really nice what he did to my Mom when she was pregnant with me too. A Wonderful Architect but not a wonderful man. He has 3 grandchildren and one of his grandsons is going to school to be an Architect, what a shame is grandfather wasn’t around to share his experience with him!

  2. I LOVE this house it gives me ideas for what im going to do with my house!!but this is my dream home!!!!:)

  3. it nice to see a vintage home untouched as I see that to much where I live in Ontario, Canada and as well in the untied states where u get people that if it not modern and it of a certain period in time like the seventies or sixties it dated in their eyes and they get rid of it like it got the Cooties, it so sad when u see that like a show I was watching they bought a nice vintage home from the sixties and they torn it down to get a new modern home to get their big profit and totally destroyed the vintage beautiful home of when it was built, and just makes me sad and mad at the same time, like the saying goes if it not broke don’t fix it and keep the character of the home of when it was built as I see that from a older person I know and more people should do the same

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