3 bedroom terraced house for saleFoxes Dale, Blackheath SE3
Withdrawn from Market £650,000
- Popular 3 bed 'T2' Span house
- Heart of the Cator Estate
- Blackheath station half a mile
- Private courtyard garden
This 3 bedroom 'T2' Span house is situated in the heart of the Cator estate, which is one of Blackheaths most desirable locations. Only a half mile walk into the village and station, you have the best of both worlds in terms of being situated in a quiet tucked away location, yet having all of the areas fabulous amenities on your doorstep.
The house does need some TLC, but this does give you the opportunity to update and decorate the property to your preferences. The house is certainly very liveable and has a solid oak floor to the ground floor reception room as well as an attractive 'Roger Oates' stair runner.
The attractive courtyard garden has a number of fruit trees including a mulberry tree and grapevine. There is also a communal rear pathway, giving you access to the garden without needing to come through the house. There is free communal parking for residents and vehicle and gate permits are available from Blackheath Cator Estate Residents Limited at a cost of £20 p.a.
To give a little background and history, Span Developments Limited was a development company formed in 1957 by architect Eric Lyons and property developers Geoffrey Townsend and Leslie Bilsby. Ivor Cunningham was employed with special responsibility for the landscape design. According to early promotional literature, the name was derived from the intention 'to span the gap between the suburban monotony of the typical speculative development and the architecturally designed, individually built residence that has become (for all but a few) financially unattainable'.
Span houses can be said to be 'modern' in their use of new construction techniques and features such as open plan interiors, large windows and flat roofs. However, the use of materials such as brick, tile-hung walls and timber panelling show the intention to create housing more in keeping with the context and traditions of the English suburbs. Span's vision went beyond just designing and building individual houses. It aimed to create the right conditions and environment that would make the estates attractive to prospective buyers and enjoyable places to live.
The design of the landscaping and layout was seen as being particularly important. Houses were placed in the landscape in response to the conditions of the existing site, and grouped so that communal spaces were created between the buildings. These spaces were seen as being as important as the buildings themselves. Covenants were put in place that protected these common areas and restricted the changes that people could make to their individual houses. The aim was to ensure that the appearance and character of the estates were preserved.
Span set up residents' associations which gave people a say in how the estates were managed. These organisations were responsible for maintaining the common parts of the estates and enforcing the covenants, but most importantly, helped to foster a sense of community. There is a £250 charge per quarter to Foxes Dale Lessees Limited which maintains this estate.
Span focused on building small estates in leafy surroundings on the suburban outskirts of cities. After the war, the Cator Estate in Blackheath was a collection of late 18th and early 19th century terraces and villas but many of the houses had been damaged beyond repair by bombing. The land around Blackheath Park and the roads to the north and south were therefore ideal for speculative housing development. It's the continued success of these developments into the 21st century that is the true testament to Span's vision for modern housing.
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