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 trio of coastal properties that rethink beach living among our discoveries.
A Brutalist refuge in West Flanders
4 bedrooms; 2,281 sq ft; €545,000 via Architecten Woning
Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens designed this single-storey house in Kortrijk, a city known for its flourishing design scene, and it embodies many of his brutalist principles and affection for concrete. The 1963 Belgian home was built around a sanctuary-like garden with all four of the property’s bedrooms opening onto terraces and lawns via timber-framed glass doors. See inside.
An architect’s triangular beach house in Connecticut
1 bedroom; 1,149 sq ft; $1.5m via William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty
Local architect Vincent C Amore designed this 1970s beach home on Connecticut’s seacoast with a dynamic triangular silhouette reminiscent of a sailboat. The angular retreat was conceived as a place for the architect ‘to think, meditate and socialise amongst nature’ and was built for his own family. Its triangular windows frame Long Island Sound views, and its large waterfront sundeck (with a sail-like awning and privacy walls) opens onto the rocks and water beyond. Peek inside.
A portable coastal home in New Zealand
2 bedrooms; POA via Bayleys
Award-winning and completely unorthodox, this moveable coastal shack in New Zealand’s Whangapoua is built on wooden runners to minimise the impact on the delicate shoreline while enabling it to be easily towed away. Kiwi practice Crosson Clarke Carnachan designed the sustainable property inspired by the surrounding rustic fishing huts, and the cabin has hatches that can be opened and closed to the elements on the North Island’s scenic Coromandel Peninsula. Get a closer look.
Two coastal cabins in Navidad
Sleeps 2; from £81 per night via Airbnb
The Cabañas Maralto cabins by Santiago studio Croxatto & Opazo overlook a secluded stretch of sand in Navidad, Chile. The two remote retreats – dubbed La Toica and La Tagua after species of bird found in the local area – are stacked on the rocky hillside above the Pacific Ocean and are set across two storeys. Reclaimed oak sleepers clad the huts while huge windows offer views to the wildlife below. Take an online tour.
A Classicist apartment in Madrid
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4 rooms; 267 sqm; €1.975m via The Sibarist
This bright and airy apartment sits within a 1920s building in Madrid’s Salamanca. The classicist Madrid apartment is on the building’s fourth floor and has two balconies overlooking the bustling streets below. The pad is located just off the Golden Mile shopping district.