Once the residence of Charles Darwin’s great granddaughter, the 1912 structure has a mullet-style design with a surprising rear extension.
Staverton Road, a quiet residential street in the Oxford suburb of Summertown, offers a harmonious collection of stately Edwardian and Victorian homes. One such property dances between the lines, mixing the neighborhood's traditional architectural vernacular with a contemporary, glass-encased addition. Although concealed from the street, the extension nevertheless was designed to achieve a formal unity with the original structure through the careful selection of materials and spacial design.
Originally built in 1912, the house was once home to the great granddaughter of Charles Darwin, Hilda Padel, who also planted many of the trees offering shade in the backyard. The more recent modern addition tacks onto the structure's Edwardian bones to expand the living area across all three stories. Measuring nearly 5,000 square feet, the expansive residence now offers six bedrooms and modernized finishes throughout.
Although the rear addition is unmistakably modern, materials such as oak and glass were selected to complement rather than wholly contrast with the original facade. Large living spaces within the new extension aim to respect and embrace the surroundings rather than encroach on them. Much of the original floor plan also remains, including a drawing room and a study on the ground floor, as well as several bedrooms upstairs. Capping the new addition is a stunning pitched, glazed roof with views of distance spires in Oxford.
Conveniently located within a mile of Oxford's city center, the property offers easy access to the area's renowned independent schools and the university. Notable Summertown residents over the years have included J. R. R. Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings), novelist and philosopherDame Iris Murdoch, and more recently, Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Keep scrolling to see more of this unique home, currently listed for £4,000,000.