Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for rent and sale across the world. Among our discoveries is a 1930s Parisian barge and a whimsical cabin in Sweden.
Bernard Maybeck Arts and Crafts barn in California, US
4 bedrooms; $4.25m via Compass
Architect Bernard Maybeck built this soaring ‘English’ barn in California which is full of unexpected spaces. English and Japanese influences are mixed across three storeys and a vast living room with an open brick fireplace and soaring cathedral ceiling rises to 20-ft-high. Take a look around the Californian property.
1930s barge in Paris, France
2 bedrooms; €980,000 via Espaces Atypiques
White-washed interiors have a modernist bent inside this Parisian barge which has views of the Lourve from its position on the Seine. The floating home has a riveted steel hull and is set across two levels – including an upper terrace and a vast skylit living room and kitchen. Get a closer look.
Cambridge post-and-beam by Syd Furness
4 bedrooms; £1.295m via The Modern House
This low-lying home was designed by British architect Syd Furness for his family in 1979, and its timeless design is one of the best examples of modernist architecture in Cambridge. Beams are exposed throughout the house and are painted black to contrast the pale timber floors and white walls. See more.
The Accordion House in the Glaskogen nature reserve, Sweden
2 rooms; 1.975m Kr via Agentur Fastighetsförmedling
One of Sweden’s most Instagrammed buildings, ‘Dragspelhuset’ or ‘Accordion House’, is seeking new owners. The space-defying cabin sits on the shore of Lake Övre Gla in the Glaskogen nature reserve. Maartje Lammers and Boris Zeisser – principals of the Rotterdam-based practice 24H Architecture – added a turtle-like extension to the 19th-century tiny home, operated by pullies and levers. Get a closer look.
Beach chalet in Byron Bay, Australia
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Sleeps 6; from $895 per night via Byron Beach Abodes
This holiday home on Australia’s popular east coast beach town of Byron Bay is set amongst a garden of cabbage palms. The beach chalet opens up onto a private garden with a California style swimming pool surrounded by cacti.