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 modernist time capsule in Nancy by Henri Prouve and a John Lautner-designed Los Angeles home among our discoveries.
Henri Prouve’s Maison Brajzblat in Nancy
3 bedrooms; 214 sqm; €675,000 via Architecture de Collection
Henri Prouve and Robert Anxionnat collaborated on this Nancy home in the city’s Parc de Saurupt neighbourhood in 1957. Though unassuming from the outside, Maison Brajzblat is full of surprising and spectacular spaces – all in original condition. A sculptural open-tread staircase, enclosed by floor-to-ceiling balustrades and crowned by a large skylight, leads into the living room where wood panelling, cabinetry and a marble fireplace jostle for attention. Furniture is included with the sale, though the house needs modernising here and there, including in the kitchen, which has original tiling and in-booth seating. But it’s a handsome renovation project for modernism lovers. Take an online tour.
John Lautner’s Deutsch House in Los Angeles
2 bedrooms; 1,720 sq ft; $2.76m via Deasy Penner Podley
It’s hard to get your hands on a John Lautner home, so fans of the architect’s work will be excited to peek inside the 1954 Deutsch House in Los Angeles’s Hollywood Hills – one of Lautner’s early designs. Though it’s not as adventurous as his 1960s designs, including the Goldstein House, it does express many of Lautner’s early ideas. High ceilings amplify volume while floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlook the Hollywood sign and cityscape beyond. Cabinetry was made bespoke for the midcentury property by a master boatbuilder and has a whimsical nautical spin with curved arches and porthole windows. See inside.
A Grade II-listed countryside cottage in Essex
6 bedrooms; 2,918 sq ft; £1m via Unique Property Company
Freshfields sits within the parish of Elsenham in Essex, listed in the 1088 Doomsday Book, though the farmhouse is merely a youthful 500 years old. The Grade II cottage has delightfully bowed Elizabethan walls and vaulted ceilings crossed by sinewy timber beams, while the exterior has a traditional thatched roof. Take an armchair tour of the picturesque home, which is a subtle example of how to modernise historic interiors.
A Georgian home in East London
2 bedrooms; 950 sq ft; £950,000 via Inigo
This Georgian home in London’s East End was constructed in 1828 and is part of a conservation zone. The humble-looking terrace house has a brick upper, with arched windows and a flat roof. Interiors have been carefully refurbished by the current owners in keeping with its Georgian heritage, with rooms awash with period shades, lush parquet flooring and bespoke joinery – particularly in the kitchen, which overlooks a decked yard. Get a closer look.
Converted warehouse loft in East London
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3 bedrooms; 1,228 sq ft; £1.25m via Mr & Mrs Clarke
This industrial conversion in East London’s Hackney Downs was originally built in 1905 and is located on the cobblestoned Atlas Mews. The Edwardian loft is filled with sunlight via large Crittal windows and serene interior spaces that contrast the bustle of the nearby Dalston Junction and Hackney Central.
An editor and publisher’s refurbished New York home
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10 bedrooms; 12,000 sq ft; $28.5m via Sotheby’s International Realty
Local architect Anne Sherry designed this historic rebuild for publishing power-couple Chris Mitchell and Pilar Guzman. The 2.3-acre New York property is spread across 12,000-sq-ft of light-filled space in Bridgehampton.