Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we share some of the best houses for sale or rent across the globe. Among this week’s gems is a Grade II-listed Bauhaus home by Walter Gropius and a French church that’s ripe for conversion.

An experimental timber home in Cambridge, UK

hilean-born Professor Marcial Echenique designed the prototype house for his family in the early 1970s while working for the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge
Photography: Hockeys

4 bedrooms; £700,000 via Hockeys
When it comes to soaring spaces, this Cambridge house reaches terrific heights. It was designed by an architect academic working at the nearby University of Cambridge and utilises an innovative post and peg ‘Meccano’ style frame that was inspired by Tudor construction methods. This timber frame is inset with glass to capitalise on views of its leafy plot and draw in natural light. The house is marketed as a fixer-upper and has a Grade II listing. Take a peek inside.

A vaulted church for conversion in Brittany, France

French church for sale in Brittany
Photography: Patrice Besse

€690,000 via Patrice Besse
Vaulted arches, gothic stonework and tracery and a series of stained glass windows are on offer at this sprawling French church. It’s listed for sale via Patrice Besse in Quimper, Brittany, and is one of five chapels we discovered in the French countryside that are seeking second lives. Take a look at the set.

Weeks and Lafone-designed modern house in Kent, UK

4 bedrooms; £4m via The Modern House
A greenery-covered courtyard sits at the heart of this modernist-inspired Groudhurst home in Kent by Weeks and Lafone. The practice conceived the 6,200 sq ft house as a series of clean volumes with floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto the rural property’s stepped gardens and swimming pool. Its exterior, meanwhile, is clad in weathered timber that softens it against the landscape.

June Street Estate in Los Angeles, USA

5 bedrooms; $10.955m via Jenna Cooper
Exquisite Surfaces refreshed this 1920s Mediterranean-style Hancock Park property, which is set within a grove of mature olive trees and speaks to the grandeur of Los Angeles’ halcyon days. European marble, sculptural fireplaces and herringbone oak floors feature inside updated rooms with soft minimalist aesthetics and lush textures.

Walter Gropius-designed house in Kent, UK

Photography: The Modern House

6 bedrooms;  £2.495m via The Modern House
Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius lived in the UK during the interwar period when he worked alongside British modernist Maxwell Fry on a number of projects. This Kent home is the only residential house Gropius built using a timber frame, and blackened timber cladding, and was completed in 1937 with help from Walter Segal.

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