Architect: Austin Vernon & Partners
Forming part of one of the finest mid-century terraces on the prestigious Dulwich Estate, this substantial five-bedroom house, with integrated garage and off-street parking, has panoramic views from its position at the top of Sydenham Hill.
Accommodation is split over four floors. The lower ground level has a large, bright kitchen, with access to the mature garden and communal grass and woodland beyond. Built into the hill, the land falls away from the back of the house so that the garden is on a level with the lower ground floor kitchen. Next to the kitchen is a laundry and store room with original mid-century fittings.
The ground floor has been set up as a self-contained suite, with a living room, bedroom, shower room, separate WC and a small kitchen. There is a WC / cloakroom by the front door and access to the garage.
The main reception room is on the first floor, designed to maximise the view across the woods towards central London. The west side of the room is essentially a wall of glass, flooding the room with light. There is a door to the terrace that overlooks the garden. Also on the first floor is a bedroom and family bathroom.
The top floor has a master bedroom, with en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, and two further bedrooms.
The house is in good decorative order and has been well-maintained by the current owners, though there is great potential to modernise the space. A number of houses along the terrace have already been extended upwards into the loft.
An area well-known for its exceptional Modern architecture, the Dulwich Estate occupies approximately 1,500 acres, with numerous private roads that are managed by the Estate. It is noted for its concentration of outstanding 1950s and 60s design, much of it by Austin Vernon & Partners. The mix of houses and exceptional verdant landscape make for an appealing, and unique place to live.
The house is very well located in Upper Sydenham, near the green spaces of Crystal Palace Park and The Sydenham Hill Wood Nature Reserve. Local amenities are available in Crystal Palace and Dulwich Village and the house is within easy reach of a number of popular Dulwich Schools, notably Dulwich College, Alleyns and Jags.
Sydenham Hill station is a short walk away and runs services every 15 minutes to Victoria via Brixton (Victoria Line). Sydenham station is also nearby with rail services to central London via Canada Water and London Bridge.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Austin Vernon & Partners
Austin Vernon & Partners was established in 1948 when Russell Vernon (1916-2009) became a partner in the architecture practice of his uncle, Frederick Austin Vernon (1882-1972), who was the surveyor and architect to the Dulwich Estate. For several family generations, the practice had already been a successful commercial enterprise. Its architectural output, however, was rather traditional. Russell, who had studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic and worked for his great uncle, George Vernon (1870-1942), transformed it into a modern studio that over time has been appreciated for producing some of the highest-quality 1950s and 1960s housing in the country, as well as for the restoration of Dulwich Picture Gallery after bomb damage. Austin Vernon & Partners designed many different types of building in many different locations around the country, including the headquarters of Otis Elevators; a church and training centre for the Church Army; and an office for Lufthansa. Their greatest passion, however, was the Dulwich Estate, where they designed over 2,000 homes. Great care was taken to respond to the natural contours of site, surrounding tree heights and placement of existing trees.
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