FINE EXAMPLE OF MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE IN OLD HEADINGTON
A striking family home discretely situated in one of the city’s most sought after conservation areas is now available. Designed in 1968 by the ground-breaking firm of architects Ahrends, Burton and Koralek, the landmark scheme of five houses overcomes the impossible: the conflicting requirements of southwards sun, northward views and privacy. The result is a unique development that magnificently threads a few simple component shapes, is given unity by a dominant material and then softened by planting. The scheme was a great success and, to quote from ‘A Village Within A City – The Story of Old Headington’ produced an architecture of style and panache.
Number 18 retains the essential and iconic original design features including exposed internal brick and blockwork, a fine, spiral staircase and a superb first floor balcony taking full advantage of the open aspect and views across countryside. Our clients have further enhanced the original with an entirely sympathetic programme of improvement during their ownership, including the fitting of a high quality Bulthaup Kitchen System, updated bath and shower rooms, upgraded heating and wiring systems, complete re-roofing, careful extension to provide an expansive utility room and beautiful central fireplace to name but a few. The amazingly light and spacious accommodation flows perfectly over the two floors and offers everything that the discerning purchaser could want for comfortable, 21st century family living. Number 18 offers the additional benefit that of the five original properties it has a larger plot which allowed additional rooms and greater scale.
There is secure driveway providing easy parking for a number of vehicles, and a double garage with electric doors. A covered walkway leads to the house and the gardens, which complement the accommodation perfectly.
This is a unique development within Oxford, and this is a unique property within the five.