Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for rent and sale across the world. Our findings this week include Pierre Koenig’s Squire House in California and a rustic island shack in Tasmania.
Pierre Koenig’s Squire House in California, US
3 bedrooms; $1.4m via Dilbeck Real Estate
Case Study architect Pierre Koenig’s 1953 Squire House is on the market for the first time in more than 20 years. The iconic modernist property in Los Angeles County’s La Cañada Flintridge is one of Koenig’s earliest experimental designs. Its simple, rectangular volume was constructed with a steel frame, concrete and tonnes of glass – including an all-glazed rear facade which opens to the midcentury modern home’s canyon setting. See inside.
Desert modernist retreat in California, US
Sleeps 9; from $206 per night via Vrbo
This midcentury desert home in California’s vast national park has been refurbished for design and nature enthusiasts. Every room at the Borrego Springs retreat is furnished with design pieces and has views of the surrounding mountains. Guests can soak up the desert heat by the swimming pool and palm tree-dotted garden or keep cool inside with pale wood walls, sandy stone furnishes and polished concrete floors. There’s a stone-edged firepit for toasting marshmallows while watching the sunset at night. Take a look outside.
Anne Hathaway’s neo-Georgian loft in New York City, US
2 bedrooms; $3.495 via Sotheby’s International Realty
Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway’s neo-Georgian Manhattan penthouse has sleek minimalist interiors. The loft apartment sits atop a five-storey building dating from 1904 and is a stone’s throw from Central Park. It has a flowing open plan layout, complete with soaring 18-ft-high skylit ceilings and all-white, contemporary cabinetry. Get a closer look.
Converted Button Factory lofts in London, UK
1 – 2 bedrooms; from £550,000 – £795,000 via The Modern House
The top floor of this east London button factory has been converted into 3 lofts by Fentiman Design and Orsinibrewin Architects. The trio of Hackney dwellings have a rustic material palette that pays homage to the building’s past while contemporary features include cross-laminated timber, polished concrete floors and black corrugated steel. Pitched ceilings and a plethora of windows flood their interiors with light. See more.
Rustic couple’s shack in Tasmania, Australia
Sleeps 2; $183 AUD per night via Airbnb
This rustic cabin on Tasmania’s Bruny Island offers a taste of the simple life. Guests can hunker down in front of the fire at the off-grid Sheepwash Bay hut which is built from reclaimed timbers on a 362 sq km islet located off the south-eastern coast of the mainland. The cabin is powered by wind and solar energy and has both outdoor & indoor cooking facilities. French doors open onto a private deck where you can sip your morning coffee while enjoying views across the channel to the southern ranges. See more of the island shack.
Concrete seaside holiday home in Devon, UK
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Sleeps 10; from £5,995 per short break via Unique Homestays
This English seaside retreat has 180-degree water views through glass walls and a large concrete deck perfect for summer days with an infinity pool. Linea sits high up on the cliffs above the Atlantic near Ilfracombe in the UK’s Devon. Guests can explore the surrounding nature and walk along coastal paths if the sun’s out or curl up on the couch and watch the storm clouds roll in.