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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 the best architect-led modernist properties.


Modern architect designed house Warfield Berkshire
Modern house Warfield Berkshire open plan kitchen family room bi fold doors

Budget? What budget? This single storey sex bomb in Warfield is price on application – so expect to get sticker shock. But if you’ve got a contemporary living shopping list as long as your arm, you’ll tick a fair few of them off here. This 5-bed, 5-bath house sits in 9 uninterrupted acres (with a wild meadow), glass walls to enjoy the view, his and hers walk-in wardrobes, everything from the doors and lights to the music and security are controlled with the touch of a button and the raised deck area retracts to reveal a resistance pool.


Buckinghamshire modern property
Buckinghamshire modern property

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 modern property
Cornwall modern property

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.


Oxfordshire modern property
Oxfordshire modern property

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.


Cambridgeshire modern property
Cambridgeshire modern property

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.


Leicestershire modern property
Leicestershire modern property

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!


Hampshire modern property
Hampshire modern property

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.


Kent modern property
Kent modern property

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.


Essex modern property
Essex modern property

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.


Suffolk modern property
Suffolk modern property

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.


Worcestershire modern property

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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