A Modernist Time Capsule by Erno Goldfinger Asks $4M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Commissioned by businessman Jack Perry in 1967, the Teesdale House is the only post-war British home by the Hungarian-born architect Erno Goldfinger still in its original condition.

If the name Goldfinger rings a bell, it is probably due to the fact that the temperamental "bad boy" architect, best known for his Brutalist concrete high-rises, also inspired the James Bond villain of the same name. Standing in contrast to these severe towers is the Teesdale House, a Grade II-listed historic property, now listed through Savills for £3,000,000 (approximately $4,060,740).

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Perry was among the first entrepreneurs to develop trade between China and Great Britain in the 1950s and 1960s; fittingly, the layout and interiors of the home show both Eastern and Western influences. The large budget for the project enabled Goldfinger to express himself in high-end and luxury finishes—many of these details still in place.

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The approach to the Teesdale House is via discreet gates which lead to a sweeping driveway. The flat-roofed, one-level, post-and-beam construction is clad in timber and features floor-to-ceiling glazing which look out onto four acres of the home's stunning, countryside property.

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The midcentury home is split into two wings with a central glass conservatory—which set in a courtyard and currently being used as a dining room—dividing them. 

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Four bedrooms are tucked into the personal living space, each with their own gorgeous views of the property. The master bedroom suite is complete with a large ensuite bathroom

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The minimalist interiors focus on the materials, such as the exposed beams and glass paired with white floor tiles.

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A large open-plan living room and dining room open to the south-facing terrace, which provides a fantastic space for entertaining. 

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The Teesdale House sits within the village of Windlesham, Surrey, and is a short drive from the historic towns of Ascot and Windsor, where two prominent events on the British social calendar take place: the famous race meeting of Royal Ascot and the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show.

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