House swap – modern properties we love
If period properties give you the heebie jeebies, and you'd rather have a glass extension than a thatched roof, then walk this way - we've rounded up some of the best architect-led modernist properties in Northants and the Muddy counties.
Not all barn conversions shout clean lines and and modern living, but we think this one is just a bit special. With exposed stone, steel, green oak timbers, and impressive views of Harringworth viaduct, you’ll get a whopping 3.5 acres of land and 4488 sq. feet of living space with this sleek new home. There are also 5 en-suite double bedrooms and a cinema room. We’d love to tell you all about the kitchen of your dreams too but you can create that according to your own wish list, as it doesn’t yet have one. Yours for a mere £1.6m.
Squint a bit and you could be in Burbank with this one. We are already daydreaming about the parties we’re going to hold when we’ve saved up for this £1m beauty of a property. It’s nearly new at just 4 years old, but has LA Deco vibes, a 50ft kitchen, a second kitchen for doing all the messy prep you don’t want your guests to see, underfloor heating and an integrated Sonos sound system.
This extensively refurbished village home by sought-after architect firm Harris McCormack is flooded with light and boasts an EV charging station, games room/gym a landscaped garden and picturesque views of the church and surrounding countryside, all for just £875k.
Eeeep! It’s got a pink kitchen, I think I’m in love. This delightful family home is just the right side of modern, whilst still managing to be cosy and welcoming. The open plan family living space is perfect for gatherings and sliding doors to the garden bring the outside in. A steal at £850k.
Well, helloo glass roof lantern and exposed steel beams of my dreams, I’ve been expecting you. With a secure gated driveway, separate home office building perfect for post-Covid working form home, views of open countryside to the rear and not one but two dressing rooms, we may have found our forever home, especially as this one comes in at just £800k. We’ll pay cash.
Have a spare £3.6mil handy? Feast your eyes on this incredible five-bed Huf Haus in Gerrards Cross – apparently it’s the only one in the world with a triple aspect, double height living area! Luckily, the plot is nearing an acre so you can wander naked to your heart’s content (you’ll see the postman coming from miles away).
Cornwall isn’t all quaint seaside cottages – there are some gorgeous modernist properties to snap up too, like this open-plan 4-bed in Mawnan Smith, Falmouth. Designed to make the most of the country views and Cornish sunshine (imagine sipping your morning coffee on that West-facing sun terrace), this house is just half a mile from the beach too. A total steal at £895,000.
Don’t let the beams frighten you – twee barn conversion this most certainly is not! Instead, The House at Hills in Appleton (a couple of miles out from Cumnor) is a glorious former plant nursery with a whopping 4,000 square feet to its name, along with 5 bedrooms, plenty of eco extras and a separate annexe.
This cool 4-bed house has the best of both worlds – it’s situated in the riverside village of Prickwillow, but is just 3 miles from the cathedral city of Ely. Throw in a spacious garden with hot tub, cinema room and a £650,000 price tag, and you have yourself a deal.
Hard to tell if this is a house, a gallery or some kind of art installation – although the price at £2,895,000 implies a mix of all three! In fairness, it was described in Architects Journal as ‘one of the most outstanding new houses in Britain in a decade’. This award-winning eco-conscious property sits on the hillside of the Forest of Dean overlooking the Wye valley, and boasts four acres of land, its own art studios and a grazing meadow with summer house.
Plenty of space to play with in this modern detached home in Glen Parva – over 4,400 square foot of it, in fact. There’s a massive open-plan kitchen diner, five double bedrooms (four with en-suites – no shower squabbles here), and of course, the indoor pool. Not bad for under a mil!
Architecture buffs, get ready to drool at this grade II-listed early Modernist house. Designed by architects Connell, Ward and Lucas and built in 1934, this four-bed property is tucked away on Hayling Island, with panoramic sea views of Langstone Harbour and Blue Flag beaches just 10 minutes’ walk away and a steal at £995,000.
Nope, not a cool apartment is stylish East London, but a four-bed, end-of-terrace ‘Span’ house in the Kent village of New Ash Green, costing £450,000. The perfect property to embrace Sixties chic in (it was built in ’68, after all), this Eric Lyons design is super light and airy, and ideal for commuters – the nearest train station is two miles away, and then you can be in London Victoria is just half an hour.
If you were any closer to the sea, you’d have wet feet. This £740,000 two-bed seafront apartment in Chalkwell, Westcliff-on-Sea has not one, but two south-facing balconies with amazing views of the estuary, and beautiful multi-level communal gardens. Plus, you’re near to Chalkwell railway station, which has a direct line to London Fenchurch Street for commuters.
Don’t the views from this 5-bed detached house make you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere? You’re not, of course, you’re in leafy Dukes Park in Woodbridge, but the surrounding farmland and tree-lined garden certainly doesn’t hurt! There’s lots on offer here (though there should be for £1.5m), including three balconies, jacuzzi and steam facilities and a gorgeous vaulted dining area.
Hello, marble kitchen of dreams! While it might give you Art Deco vibes, this £645,000 chic 4-bed in Bewdley was actually designed in 2006 by architect Robert Swan, although the garden has a little more history – the land made up part of an estate designed by Gertrude Jekyll. Make the most of it by perching on the Brazilian walnut deck with a G&T and listening to the soothing water feature.
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