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For Sale – A Modernist Masterpiece

We were out with friends last week and somewhat out of the blue, they mentioned that they had recently been tempted to move out of London. After expressing surprise at such a statement (especially from these two who live in the heart of urban London in Golden Lane, near the Barbican) I was directed to these photos from the ever wonderful “House Porn” site The Modern House.net. These pictures illustrate what I can only describe as an almost perfect place to live, and I suddenly understood why they might by contemplating such a big move…


Designed by the Architect Peter Womersley and completed in 1954 (then extended in ’56), Farnley Hey  has everything you could ever want from a Modernist home: a Grade II listing, strikingly good looks, acres of space, timber and stone finishes throughout, floor to ceiling windows, a double height living room, beautiful built in furniture, clever use of existing site levels, 4 bedrooms and a double garage… It was even awarded an RIBA Bronze medal in 1958. And all for a very reasonable £575,000.00… Yes it’s a lot of money, but when you compare what you would get to some of the other properties for sale on the The Modern House website in and around the Capital, I can see why it all became rather tempting. The thought that such beautiful houses as this are still available to buy and live in, is something I haven’t really considered before, and it got me to thinking how fantastic our own mid century teak furniture and 1960’s ceramics would look occupying these rooms… You see how easy it is to fall in love with a good building, I’m already thinking about gazumping my friends… Not really though. Sadly (for us not the house) it’s all the way up in the The Yorkshire Dales, and the daily commute (3 to 4 hrs via Wakefield apparently) back down to South London would be a real bugger…


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  1. NPMC
    March 18, 2013 at 18:37

    Certainly easy to see how one could fall in love with such a beautiful building. If ti weren’t for the commute, I will be gazumping your friends too 😉

    • March 18, 2013 at 23:16

      Hi Lucy,
      Lovely to hear from you.. maybe we could combine our “fortunes”, buy it together and share it, say every other weekend…
      thanks for taking the time to comment and hopefully see you soon
      Joe x

  2. March 19, 2013 at 19:18

    Stunning! The “liquid” floor in the dining room is amazing, and I am covetting all that gorgeous furniture.

  3. April 3, 2013 at 20:15


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