Welcome to our weekend property digest, where we bring together the best houses for sale (or rent) that we’ve unearthed across the world. Among this week’s discoveries is a gothic tower in the Kent countryside, and a midcentury glass house in the hills of Los Angeles.

Brutalist lakeside villa in Ticino, Switzerland

Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

6 bedrooms; 10m CHf via Christie’s International Real Estate
See the softer side of Brutalism with this 1960s lakeside villa by Mario Campi and Franco Messina. It’s been given a refurb by Milanese practice Droulers Architecture and features coffered concrete ceilings, an inner courtyard jungle and floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook nearby Lake Lugano. Take a closer look.

Contemporary Sicilian villa, near Noto

Sicilian villa Via BoutiqueHomes
Via BoutiqueHomes

3 bedrooms; from €5,500 a week via BoutiqueHomes
Casa Vendicari was designed by architect Marco Merendi and built in 2015 using local stone from nearby Noto, and lava stone from Mount Etna. Its neo-brutalist design sits long and low in its dramatic setting amid the Vendicari Nature Reserve. Snoop around.

Gothic tower in Kent, UK

Hadlow Tower for sale in Kent
Via Knight Frank

4 bedrooms; £2m via Strutt & Parker
Hadlow Tower is England’s tallest neo-Gothic folly at 175 metres. Rumour has it, the structure was built by a jealous industrialist so he could spy on his estranged wife, who’d run off with a farmer. Today it’s an eight-storey family home with a roof terrace overlooking the Kent countryside.

Craig Ellwood-designed glasshouse in Los Angeles, USA

Midcentury glass house by Craig Ellwood lists in LA for $3m
Via Deasy/Penner

2 bedrooms; $3m via Deasy/Penner
The ‘T’ shaped Smith House was designed by Case Study Houses architect Craig Ellwood in 1958, and has been restored by architect James Tyler. It features floor-to-ceiling glass windows which peek out towards Santa Monica Bay, as well as red brick floors, wood panelling and exposed beams. Scope it out.

Cedar-clad house in Cornwall, UK

4 bedrooms; £1.35m via The Modern House
Surrounded by 2 acres of terraced gardens and water views, this Port Navas Creek house is a slice of rural idyll designed by architect Roger Hocking in 1985.

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