Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we share some of the best houses for sale or rent across the globe. This week, we have a train carriage home and a Queen Anne style fixer-upper in New Hampshire.
Dungeness beach house, UK
2 bedrooms; £425,000 via The Modern House
Trainspotters will get a kick out of this unusual Kent property in Dungeness, which is fashioned from a 19th-century railway carriage. It’s one of 30 such properties in the community – located in Britain’s only desert – which sprung up in the 1920s when railway workers old carriages from their employers and dragged them to the shingled stretch of land to use as rudimentary homes. This particular dwelling has been expanded and modernised while celebrating its unorthodox heritage, with original letter writing and carriage doors integrated into its design. A big caveat is that it’s seeking a cash buyer as it is difficult to get a mortgage against a property of this kind. Still interested? Take a tour.
Lambertville Wave House in New Jersey, USA
$465 per night via Airbnb
Architect Jules Gregory designed this undulating midcentury property in New Jersey, which features a landmark ‘wave’ roofline inside and out. The 1960 house has been completely renovated in vintage style and is available to rent as a weekend retreat by architecture aficionados. Interiors feature fieldstone walls, a ‘floating’ ceiling and vast glass doors that open onto its woodland setting – currently ablaze with autumn colours.
An innovative laneway home in Sydney, Australia
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2 bedrooms; POA via Modern House
David Langston-Jones designed this award-winning Sydney property in the suburb of Alexandria on a leftover ‘scrap’ of laneway. The infill duplex is wrapped in a metallic skin and features a no-nonsense, purpose-driven design throughout, with large sliding glass doors on the open-plan ground floor that open onto the northeast-facing courtyard.
A colourful conservation home in London, UK
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6 bedrooms; £6.25m via Inigo
This four-storey house in London’s Mapesbury Conservation Area goes big on colour, drenching moulded walls in bold hues to give its otherwise traditional bones a contemporary flare. Just as appealing? The 140-ft garden out back.
A grand Victorian in New Hampshire, USA
6 bedrooms; $850,000 via Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
The Joslin-Faulkner-Putnam House is a time-capsule home in the historic town of Keene. Built in a Queen ANne style, it is wrapped in a verandah with a turreted, gabled roofline and wood-panelled interiors. The house is landmarked and has only changed hands a few times over the century, meaning its interiors retain a lot of their period features and there’s some room for renovating. The foyer alone is enough to spark the imagination.