Owned by the same family since 1956, this house now provides the opportunity for a buyer to breathe new life into a well-loved family home to create something really special in terms of style and space. It has wonderful features such as curved doors, original hardwood flooring (beneath existing carpets), original Crittall windows, the fabulous ‘sunspan’ curved window in the lounge, grand iron staircase and original tiled bathroom. There is a wraparound garden and off-street parking on both sides.
Best known for their cinemas, Kemp & Tasker are also known for a number of notable buildings in south east London and Kent. In 1934 a Kemp and Tasker house design won the Daily Mail's Ideal House Competition and was erected temporarily at Olympia in the 'Village of Tomorrow' at the Ideal Home Show the following year. It was advertised that it could be built to order anywhere and three known examples exist including this house.
Dorchester Drive is a secluded, residential street tucked away behind Herne Hill, off Poplar Walk. It is only 0.3 miles from the outstanding Jessop Primary school and half a mile from the North Dulwich Charter Secondary School, also rated outstanding, as well as having easy access to the popular independent schools such as Alleyns and JAGs. Ruskin Park, Dulwich Park and Brockwell Park are all within easy reach and Herne Hill station (trains to Victoria, St Pancras and the Thameslink) and North Dulwich station (trains to London Bridge) are both half a mile away. Kings College Hospital and Carnegie library are also nearby.
The original sales brochure described the ground floor as having the option of combining the two reception rooms with the hall to create a forty ft ballroom. Its beautiful wooden floor, believed to be maple, also extends into the study which has full-length window views over the garden.
The roof is a perfect spot to enjoy the sun and the views over London. There is an additional room on the roof, not shown on the floor plan, housing the water tank and providing useful extra storage space.
The mature garden, which is not overlooked, is bordered by apple and plum trees and has a separate vegetable plot as well as a level area.
3 Reception Rooms