Cross Hands near Llanelli in Wales is currently on the radar of many vintage lovers or people searching for their own property.
Heol Bryngwili house, built in the Art-Deco style is now up for sale for 230,000 pounds (nearly $300k).
The house is in perfect condition, containing original furniture that is completely preserved even though it is 80 years old.
This home is now on the market for the first time after being sold in the wake of World War II in 1939.
The same family owned this three-bedroom house and it is sadly selling it because they are in search of a smaller property, more fitted to their current needs.
The sellers are looking for people who are themselves interested in vintage properties and who would continue preserving it like the family did. There is a possibility to negotiate the purchase of some of the furniture currently inside the house.
The house is situated on a detached property and surrounded by a garden of considerable size and a lawn at the side of the house.
The house also comes with a garage and a workshop behind it. Both additional buildings are kept in the retro style.
Art-Deco, the characteristic architecture of American cities between the two world wars is characterized by the absence of flowery details, very symmetrical, patterned and clean in design.
Houses were built with limited funds, due to the specificity of the period between the two wars, making them very practical and simple to build. The ornamentation was kept to a minimum and used only on prominent places of the building.
The Heol Bryngwili house is a perfect representation of Art-Deco architecture. The whole house is symmetrical except the curved wall in the front part of the house, that also serves as a balcony on the first floor.
The only thing that has been changed from the outside is the roof that was flat but was pitched by the owners due to practicality. However, this is not undermining the historical feel to the house.
On the inside, this time-capsule has even more of a retro feel to it. Entering the original glass paneled door one is encountered with perfectly preserved woodwork.
At the entrance, there is a telephone seating area, not typical of contemporary homes, as now we can move around with our wireless telephones.
On the side of the hallway, there is a boiler room and a pantry.
Especially interesting is the bathroom on the first floor which was never changed or renovated. It contains original green tiles that are only accentuated with horizontal darker lines.
The bathroom is exceptional as it is usually very unlikely to keep the tiles in perfect condition for such a long time, which shows the care the family invested in maintaining their property. It also features an arched canopy and original basin and taps.
On the first floor, there is a front room that previously served as a parlor, a room where guests were seated. In it there is a tiled fireplace, likewise featuring darker accent tiles as in the bathroom. There is also a sitting room where the family would gather which emanates with the style of long-gone decades. On the upper floor, there are three smaller bedrooms. One of them is the master bedroom with access to the balcony.
The only updated room in the house is the kitchen. It is rather small for contemporary tastes and it was renovated and updated to serve the modern needs of the owners. The whole house is covered in wooden block floors and dark wooden doors characteristic of the Art-Deco era. According to the Daily Mail: “Over the windows are decorative window pelmets incorporating the classic ‘stepped’ Art Deco design.
This attention to detail illustrates how important the design of the home was to the builder and the family who then owned it.”