Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for rent and sale across the world. Among our discoveries are a converted substation in Los Angeles and an industrial loft in London.

Converted substation in Los Angeles, US

Cypress Park’s storied Huron Substation is now for sale.
Via Benjamin Kahle / Historic Real Estate Los Angeles

1 bedroom; POA via Historic Real Estate LA
Los Angeles’s Huron Substation is a rare piece of the city’s railway history, built for the Yellow Car trolley network in 1908 by Edward S Cobb of Angels Flight funicular railway. Following its adaptive reuse, it is now an events space and film location and home. Inside are 45-ft-tall ceilings crossed  with wooden beams, exposed brickwork, 12-ft-tall double doors and arched windows. Take a look around the 6,500 sq ft lot.

Rugged loft with industrial bones in London, UK

1 bedroom; £1.995m via The Modern House
This converted warehouse loft in Clerkenwell was designed by architects Henley Halebrown and is mostly one large open space. Concrete pillars cross the second-floor apartment, which is bookended by large windows, while brick walls and high concrete ceilings complete the industrial look. Get a closer look.

An award-winning home in Vancouver Island, Canada

Photography: Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

6 bedrooms; CA$12.8m; via Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Metchosin House on the coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island was designed by Architect Marko Simcic to tread lightly on the landscape. It sits within ‘one of Canada’s most endangered natural ecosystems’, the Garry Oak savannah, and has panoramic views of the ocean. A glass-bottomed water channel bisects the main house and circulates sea-water from the ocean to produce geothermal energy that powers the waterfront home. See more. 

Rustic writer’s cabin in Los Angeles, US

1 bedroom; $850,000 via Coldwell Banker
This shingle-clad fixer-upper was built in 1956 in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains on a leafy 9,536 sq ft plot, surrounded by trees. The cabin home has hardwood floors, wood-beamed ceilings and sliding glass doors. It has spectacular views from its artist’s studio, and with a hefty dose of elbow grease, would make for a handsome creative retreat. See more.

Cube One tiny home in Singapore

From $30,000 via Nestrom
Cube One injects some sci-fi charm into the world of prefab architecture. Singapore-based company Nestrom designed the 14.5 sq m tiny home for city environments. Built-in furniture creates areas for sleeping, cooking and dining. Curved edges give it a ‘sci-fi’ feel reminiscent of a spaceship’s cabin. Get a closer look.

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