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The Blue House is an impressive architect-designed modern steel and timber-framed family property previously featured on Grand Designs. The house sits in its own private plot and offers both outstanding architectural merit and a high quality living space close to all the amenities the city has to offer.

Accommodation is arranged over two floors and includes a dramatic full height atrium-style reception space which is fully glazed from top to bottom and cleverly controlled by solar glass. The entire property is tiled in limestone and enjoys underfloor heating throughout powered by solar panels on the roof which also heat the outdoor swimming pool; extra energy is sold back to the National Grid.

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Inside, the house boasts an innovative open plan family sitting room/dining room with full height Nordic-style wood burning stove, a well-equipped kitchen, and a charming snug complete with blackout blinds and overhead projector. A separate study sits away from the living area, while a floating staircase leads to four impressive double bedrooms, including the master suite, and a galleried landing which overlooks the open plan living space below.

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The three further bedrooms along the landing have their own en-suite bath or shower rooms; glass partition walls separate the double bedrooms from the landing, which at the flick of a switch turn opaque, for privacy.

The sliding glass doors lead to a tiled alfresco dining and entertaining area which integrates the house with the garden. Outside are the swimming pool and jacuzzi. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with a planted wildflower garden at the end, which is dominated by a blue cedar tree, from which the house derives its name.

Mariners Drive is one of the most sought-after roads in Bristol within close proximity of the Downs and just two miles from Clifton. Amenities include bars, restaurants and boutique shops. The railway network can be accessed from  Bristol Parkway (6 miles) and Temple Meads (4 miles) with a journey time to London Paddington of around 100 minutes.

The guide price is £1.5m. For further information please contact Savills on  0117 933 5800 or visit

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