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 the Muddy counties.
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.