Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for sale and rent across the world. This week, we have a historic department store in New York and a gardener’s paradise in Hertfordshire, among our discoveries.

Bismarck House in Bondi, Australia

Photography: Kylie McDowell

Sleeps 8; from $1,200 per night via Airbnb
Bismarck House is an industrial-inspired oasis near Bondi Beach. The Sydney holiday home was designed by architects Andrew Burges and Min Dark in collaboration with its landscape designer-owner William Dangar of practice Dangar Barin Smith. The minimalist retreat unfolds as a series of simple geometric volumes that tumble onto cacti and succulent gardens via sliding walls and floor-to-ceiling glass. Take an online tour.

A gardener’s Georgian home in St Albans, UK

Photography: The Modern House

4 bedrooms; 2,652 sq ft; £2.25m via The Modern House
This Grade II-listed Hertfordshire home combines Georgian bones with tranquil, earthy interiors. Thick rustic beams cross ceilings and walls, and light floods through sash windows, skylights, and glass doors. The St Albans property is wrapped in 1.25 acres of landscaped gardens, ancient orchards, and expansive lawns that run down to the River Ver. See more of the UK property.

The historic ‘Peoples’ Department store’ in New York, US

Photography: Alon Koppel

8,000 sq ft; $1.65m via The Lillie K Team at Select Sotheby’s Realty
Built in 1910, ‘the People’s Department Store’ in New York’s Hudson Valley is a retail palace from yesteryear. It was constructed with 28-ft-long horizontal steel beams and has an all-glass facade, capturing views and leaving interiors column-free. The prominent Art Deco landmark unfurls across five levels and 8,000 sq ft of space and is being marketed as a mixed-use commercial opportunity, suitable for an art gallery, coworking venture, restaurant, or new retail space. Get a closer look.

A musician’s holiday home in Victoria, Australia


5 bedrooms; $2m via realtors Sandra Dondio and Scott McMasters
It’s all about sharp lines and sweeping views at this music promoter’s holiday home in Victoria’s Alpine region. The Australian countryside retreat was designed by local practice RAID Studio and is wrapped in walls of glass that open onto a deck and pool overlooking the mountains and 2 acres of land. The sanctuary and is a short drive from the Milawa Gourmet region, wineries and hiking trails.

An industrial building apartment in London, UK


2 bedrooms; £1.95m via The Modern House
Built in 1905, this London property has been restored by resident artists over the years since 1980. Most recently, architect Jeffrey James converted the Victorian industrial building apartment in Dalston’s Atlas Mews. It has original Crittal windows and a winding steel staircase.

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