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A bright three-bedroom 1960s house on a quiet residential street in Dulwich in the award-winning ‘Dutch Estate’. The property was cleverly remodelled in 2016 by Hayhurst & Co Architects to maximise both space and light. On the ground floor the re-configured space provides a new mid-century inspired kitchen, a study area with built-in desk, an open-plan living/dining room with a large skylight and patio doors which open out to a peaceful south-facing garden.
On entering the house there is generous hallway with floor-to-ceiling storage cleverly concealed behind oak doors. The ground floor also benefits from a modern cloakroom. The beautifully crafted bespoke oak staircase leads up to the first floor where there is further skylight. Upstairs is currently arranged as three bedrooms: two generous double rooms and a single room — which could alternatively be used as a home-office. There is also new modern family bathroom as well as walk-in storage. Douglas fir floorboards run throughout the house.
The property is available from July unfurnished, but includes a washing machine, integrated fridge freezer and dishwasher.
The Dutch Estate is located between Dulwich Village and Lordship Lane, East Dulwich. Dulwich Village benefits from the amazing 75-acre Dulwich Park with its boating lake, cafe and playground as well as the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Lordship Lane boasts the East Dulwich Picture House and a fantastic range of restaurants and pubs. Locally, there are a number of sports facilities such as JAGS sports centre, Herne Hill Velodrome, Brockwell Lido and numerous tennis clubs. The night-life of Peckham and Brixton are a short bus ride away.
The house is safely in the catchment area of some of the most sought-after state schools in south London including Dulwich Village Infants’ School, Dulwich Hamlet Junior School (primary) and Charter North Dulwich (secondary). All are rated outstanding by Ofsted.
The house is a short walk to both North Dulwich and East Dulwich Stations offering quick links to Peckham Rye Station (on the London Overground with connections to Canada Water, Shoreditch High Street and Highbury and Islington) and London Bridge Station with quick links into central London. Brixton Underground station (Victoria line) is a short bus ride away. The house has easy access to numerous bus routes.
Camberwell Council acquired the site from the Dulwich Estate in 1960 — the existing old houses were relatively large and by the late 1950s were in poor condition and nearing the end of their lease. The Dutch Estate’s road names were a direct response to Camberwell’s twinning arrangement with the city of Deventer in Holland. The first drawings of the scheme were submitted by the borough architect F O Hayes to the Dulwich Estate’s office for their approval in 1964. The scheme had 136 units divided up into 36 two person houses, 61 four person units and 39 five person units. The Dulwich Estate gave their approval commenting ‘the problem of complying with a density of 70 persons to the acre has been well solved by erecting houses rather than flats. The general elevational treatment of all the units is of brick, faced with darkish brown bricks and roof with aluminium sheeting. Woodwork of the windows will be painted white'.
The Dutch Estate was completed in 1969 and The Architects’ Journal of 16 December 1970 favourably reviewed the scheme as part of a report on the RIBA Housing Awards — the project winning the award for ‘higher density public sector development’. The assessors’ report praised the ‘excellent judgement in the size of spaces, heights of walls and choice of materials which produces an outstandingly pleasant scheme with the simplest of means’.