It’s usually in the US that we discover these time capsule properties, but thanks to Roddy Ringland, we have one in the UK, this 1960s Louis Roche-designed modernist property in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
It dates back to 1962, designed by the architect for himself and his family and pulling out all the stops in the design. It must have looked something in the area at the time. It still does.
The outside looks distinctive from the front elevation and even more so from the back, where the flat (and slightly angled) roof, the wood cladding, stone and glazing really come into play.
Go inside and you’ll see a house that’s admittedly in need of some upgrading, but most of that is really down to subsequent decor updates. The likes of the marble terrazzo flooring, that kitchen and bathroom and the custom wooden furnishings really need to be cherished.
Space shouldn’t be an issue either. An entrance hall with that marble flooring (and a cloakroom) leads to the dining hall, with folding doors to a study with built-in shelving and desk, then onto the family room with garden access, the lounge with custom book shelving and the period kitchen with breakfast area. Also on this floor is a utility area and a master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite.
Head up a level and you’ll find a landing with storage, two bedrooms, two further bedrooms or study areas, a bathroom and a studio space with parquet flooring. Outside is a secluded south facing rear garden with lawns, flower beds, trees and shrubs, along with a garden store, brick carport, front turning and parking, more lawns, trees and shrubs.
£465,000 is the guide price.