Art Deco houses are comparatively rare in this area, and this truly is one-of-a-kind. Meticulously restored and with modern elements added exactly where they are needed, 'Merton' is now the ideal family home situated within a few minutes walk of Warblington Station, ideal for commuters. Read more
Art Deco houses are comparatively rare in this area, and this truly is one-of-a-kind. Meticulously restored and with modern elements added exactly where they are needed, 'Merton' is now the ideal family home situated within a few minutes walk of Warblington Station, ideal for commuters.
PROPERTYDESRIPTION Art Deco homes, typified by their geometric and angular shapes, smooth stucco walls and rounded corners, are comparatively rare particularly around Warblington, and this one truly is one-of-a-kind. If the original owners of the house when it was built in 1927 could see it now, it is natural to think that they would be highly delighted with the outcome of its recent restoration. The 2018 owner, over 90 years later, admired this period styling so much that after purchasing the property, made a serious personal commitment, not only in time and effort but also in financial investment, to bring it back to its former glory. Part of the plan was also to increase the internal space to accommodate their own particular family needs. With meticulous consideration, they succeeded in their plan. The result is a spacious family home, unique in its design and originality, blended with open-plan spaces conducive to modern-day-living. Original wooden flooring, plaster mouldings, picture rails and servant's bells, sit side-by-side with modern bathrooms, underfloor-heating and a streamlined extended kitchen with up-to-minute appliances and twin French doors leading onto the garden terrace. They even had bespoke double-glazed aluminum windows made to replicate the original Crittal designs, that would look authentic whilst providing modern comfort. There has also been a spacious guest suite added to the top floor with a large shower room. This really is a perfect family home in an ideal location. The waterfront, at Chichester Harbour is within a short walk, where there are many opportunities for water-based activities for all age groups, or pleasant walks along the coast. If commuting to the capital by train is required this couldn't be simpler, with Warblington station only a few minutes stroll from the front door, and Havant station about a mile away. Such a unique home is bound to be visited regularly by many friends and extended family members, however with a large gravelled front drive offering parking for many vehicles, this shouldn't be an issue.
FEATURES Original features;
Front door & porch inner door Wood floor in second reception area Plaster mouldings Picture rails Servant's bell system
Replica double-glazed Aluminium window units All new En-suites & Family Bathroom Underfloor Heating in all Bathrooms & Kitchen Kitchen extension, refitted & all new appliances Loft Conversion with Guest Suite RCD units & electrical rewiring & mains fire detectors Plumbing & heating system with Baxi combi-boiler & radiators Carpets throughout Log burner Limestone patio & re-turfed lawn Carrara Marble Fire surround from Chatsworths of London Floor plug socket in kitchen/family room for lamps Alarm system Aerial points in all bedrooms Loft boarded & light fitted Water meter
STEPINSIDE Step through the original Art Deco front door and entrance porch, and one's eye immediately take in the combined period elegance and modern styling of this unique home, with a glimpse of the original wall panelling in the hallway and the modern extension lying beyond. The newly opened-up reception rooms, now provide a double length Drawing Room. Although now open-plan, there is a distinct differential in style, with the front part being carpeted and featuring a very fine marble fireplace, whilst the other end features original parquet flooring and an equally fine fireplace cast in brushed steel. Our vendor informs us that she uses the rear part is an ideal 'Reading Room' when a bit more solace is sought! With twin side windows and double glass doors with glazed side panels opening into the large and airy new kitchen/family area, this room benefits from natural light. The impressive new Kitchen/Family Room with its streamlined design and under-floor heating has an array of ultra-modern appliances and a large island being the central focus. Again, filled with natural light from the large roof lanterns and the twin French doors, this is a perfect spot for dining or relaxation. Also on the ground floor there is a well-fitted Utility Room/Secondary Kitchen complete with quality units and space for appliances. An external door leads to the side of the house and pathways to both the front and back gardens. A 'small but perfectly formed' Cloakroom is located under the staircase close to the front porch.
Should further accommodation on the lower level be either desired or required, for extended family use, Planning Permission is in place to convert the garage to a study/home office or an additional bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Centrally located, and linking the charm of this lovely home as one, is the impressive staircase. Not 'impressive' in the sense of 'modern day, stand-out, in-your-face- impressive' but impressive as a period work of art in itself. Contrary to many modern staircase designs, the Craftsmen of-the-day would have fashioned this beautiful piece as part of the construction of the building, with curved walls rising up to the next levels and wooden slatted recesses creating its uniqueness and providing a lot of light to flow throughout the hallway.
The period styling continues to the first floor, to the Master Bedroom Suite and Bedrooms Two, Three and Four. The quality of finish here is, as one would expect after taking in the immaculate presentation of the ground floor rooms, of the highest order. Bedroom Two features a curved wall and Art Deco style mirrored wardrobe doors, and Bedrooms Three and Four have stripped floorboards.
The Master En-suite and the Family Bathroom are beautifully and practically fitted with large walk-in shower cubicles, with the addition of a bath in the Family Bathroom, and built-in vanity units providing plenty storage, so that a more streamlined and unclutter effect is attainable. They are finished in neutral tiling with contrasting and complimentary designs to walls and floors, and then there is the added luxury of under-floor heating, for your comfort!
On the second floor, there is a large new Bedroom with a well-fitted En-suite Shower Room, both of which have walk-in wardrobes leading to large eaves storage cupboards. There are no low-ceilings as is often expected at this level. This is a bedroom which many a guest would be very pleased to be allocated for their stay. The en-suite shower room is generous in size and has two Velux windows providing good daylight. Both the bedroom and shower room have walk-in wardrobes, which lead through to very useful eaves storage areas.
STEPOUTSIDE 'Merton' is set well back from Southleigh Road, with a large gravelled frontage, which has been known by the vendors, on certain occasions, to accommodate up to nine vehicles. There are planted shrub beds to the side and bordering the pavement, where there is an impressive mature Oak tree (TPO), providing a pleasant outlook from the house. To the side, a high timber fence has a gate which gives access to a pathway leading to the Utility Room entrance, and to the rear garden beyond. A large deep terrace runs the full width of the house and leads onto the lawn which has a number of trees, including two apples, two Buddleia. Being located close to a number of beaches, watersport enthusiasts will be pleased to know that there is adequate space to store a small sail boat, kayaks or surf boards at the side of the house. Gardeners also benefit from a useful outdoor water tap, electrical sockets and outdoor lighting.
Garage 15' x 8' 11" (4.55m x 2.71m) With up-and-over door, electric light and power. Current Planning Permission exists for conversion to a study/home office or a ground-floor bedroom with en-suite facility.
ADDITIONALINFORMATION Havant Borough Council Band 'F' Mains water, gas, electricity Broadband internet connectivity
DIRECTIONS From A27: Exit for Emsworth (A259) and follow the signs towards Havant. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights onto Southleigh Road. The property will be found a short distance along on the right-hand side (before the railway crossing).