3 bedroom detached house for saleHighover Park, Amersham, Buckinghamshire
This exemplary Grade II-listed detached house is widely considered amongst the finest examples of early modernism in England. Designed by the renowned architects Amyas Connell and Basil Ward, this three-bedroom house forms part of a series known as the ‘Sun Houses’ completed in 1935. This particular house is the first in a run of four built on the lower slopes of the High & Over estate, also designed by Amyas Connell, and is therefore known as the First Sun House.
Having been comprehensively restored by the current owner, the expansive accommodation is fantastically bright and open. Set back from the road and surrounded by gardens, the house is approached via a hard standing with space for a number of cars. The entrance hall looks towards the kitchen and dining rooms in one direction and the open-plan living space in the other.
The modern kitchen, housed in an impressively sensitive extension added in the 1970s, has a beautiful marble worktop and glazed sliding doors that open onto a paved terrace. The living space, part of the original 1930s build, has been opened up to create a fantastic area that is flooded with natural light through restored original windows.
Exposed-concrete steps ascend to the first floor from the entrance hall, reaching a landing with a double-height window that looks towards the front of the house. There is a large master suite, also part of the extension, two bedrooms and a large bathroom. Up a further flight of steps, the second floor has a wood-clad study and access to the roof terrace that has uninterrupted views towards the Misbourne Valley.
A key feature of the house is its fully glazed staircase to the front with a concrete flank wall that wraps over the top of the building and finishes in a distinctive cantilevered hood that provides shade on the roof terrace. The south and east elevations have strips of glazing of differing heights that are punched into the solid concrete walls, with minimal glazing on the north elevation to prevent over-looking from the neighbouring house.
The house is an excellent fusion of original features and meticulous modern renovation. The exterior render, flat roofs and original windows have been fully restored, and the surrounding gardens and terraces have been cleverly landscaped and nurtured.
Amersham is a pretty old market town in Buckinghamshire’s Chiltern Hills. There are two distinct areas; Old Amersham, set in the valley of the River Misbourne, which contains the 13th-century parish church of St. Mary's and several old pubs, and Amersham-on-the-Hill, which grew rapidly around the mainline railway station in the early part of the 20th century.
The town is within easy commuting distance of London. Direct trains from Amersham station to London run approximately every half an hour, with a journey time of around 40 minutes. Amersham is also on the Metropolitan Line of the London Underground.
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