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A House Through Time: TV Georgian house in Falkner Street, Liverpool L8

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A House Through Time: TV Georgian house in Falkner Street, Liverpool L8

Are you watching A House Through Time on BBC2? If so, you might recognise this Georgian house in Falkner Street, Liverpool L8. Interesting to see the house go up for sale at the same time as the TV show. But to be fair, you can’t blame the owner. This is a weekly ad for the […]

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Grade II-listed conversion: Limehouse Wharf apartment in London E14

Not all conversions are equal. This grade II-listed Limehouse Wharf apartment in London E14 is exceptional. We’re very fond of industrial conversions, but only when the work is carried out correctly. Basically, we want to see a lot of the past in its present. Thankfully that’s what we get in this grade II-listed conversion, which […]

On the market: Alan Bennett’s former grade II-listed Victorian property in London NW1

Now this is rather special. Alan Bennett’s former grade II-listed Victorian property in London NW1 has just gone up for sale. You might know it too. This double fronted Victorian property, located close to both Camden Town and Primrose Hill, is the former home of author Alan Bennett. As you might be aware, the house […]

Coastal isolation: Lloyd’s Signal Station on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

How do you fancy getting away from it all? If you do, then Lloyd’s Signal Station on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall might be the place for you. As you might have guessed, this is certainly no new build. It was built in 1872 by Fox and Company Shipping Agents as a ‘communication hub’ for passing […]

Barn conversion: David Nossiter-designed property in Assington, Suffolk

I know, a barn conversion. But don’t worry, this David Nossiter-designed barn conversion in Assington, Suffolk isn’t quite what you are imagining. As a rule, we wouldn’t even look at a barn conversion, not least because they all tend to look so dull. But this huge conversion and its ‘cathedral-like proportions’ are worth making an […]

On the market: 1960s Ray Moxley and Tim Organ-designed modernist property in Chewton Mendip, Somerset

There is more than initially meets the eye about this 1960s Ray Moxley and Tim Organ-designed modernist property in Chewton Mendip, Somerset. But that’s a good thing. A very good thing. The house sits in what is described as ‘idyllic Somerset countryside’ and at first glance, this is something rather traditional. A historic stone cottage. […]

On the market: 19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

And now for something completely different. This 19th century Thorn Island fortress near Pembroke, Pembrokeshire. It’s an amazing space, as well as a grade II* listed building, which obviously limits the scope of change, Quite right too. Thorn Island dates back to between 1852 and 1854, when it was constructed from local stone as an […]

In need of renovation: Grade II-listed Georgian property in Aspatria, Cumbria

We don’t normally cover houses of this era, but we think this grade II-listed Georgian property in Aspatria, Cumbria might have real potential for the money being asked. Bizarrely, Dresden House (that’s the name of the place) is up for sale on eBay (yes, really), with some hand-drawn plans on the listing. Check that out […]

On the market: Frank Zappa’s Zappa Estate in Los Angeles, California, USA

Frank Zappa sadly passed away back in 1993, but his spirit really does live on in Frank Zappa’s Zappa Estate in Los Angeles, California, USA. Which just happens to have gone up for sale. It’s an interesting place too – and perhaps not what you expect of a Frank Zappa house. We expected something more […]

On the market: The Amityville Horror house in Amityville, New York, USA

This was actually up for sale back in 2010. Now the Amityville Horror house in Amityville, New York, USA is back on the market once more. There is no mention of its past on the actual listing, but we got tipped off that this was indeed the infamous house and cross referencing that past listing, […]

On the market: Apartment in the Davy Smith-converted Royle Building in London N1

It is well documented within these pages that we love all things industrial, which is exactly why we are featuring this apartment in the Davy Smith-converted Royle Building in London N1. Yes, a converted factory dwelling in what was formerly a printworks. That all changed in the late 1990s, when this building became loft apartments […]

On the market: Andy Warhol’s first studio in Upper East Side, New York City, USA

Not a lot of imagery to go off here, but we still think there might be an interest in Andy Warhol’s first studio in Upper East Side, New York City, USA. It wasn’t designed as an art studio obviously. This was originally a ‘firehouse’, but was converted for use as an art studio by Warhol […]

In need of renovation: 1930s Fayard House property in Monkton Combe near Bath, Somerset

To me, this place look much older than the date given by the agent. But regardless of that, Fayard House in Monkton Combe near Bath, Somerset is a wonderful project for someone. So designed and built in the 1930s and with so many period features still remaining intact judging by the photos. This is your very […]

On the market: Apartment in the former Guinness bottling factory in Rugby, Warwickshire

A conversion done well, courtesy of this apartment in the former Guinness bottling factory in Rugby, Warwickshire. Yes, once a place where Guinness was bottled, but more recently a rather stylish living space, thanks to a rework by a local architectural designer for his own occupation. A substantial apartment too. This is a three-bedroom loft […]

On the market: Michael Caine’s former 1960s mews home in Hyde Park, London W2

I just wish this was the same as it was ‘back in the day’, but alas Michael Caine’s former 1960s mews home in Hyde Park, London W2 has undergone complete renovation. But there is still a talking point here. This is the house where Michael Caine lived during his heyday. This is the place where […]

On the market: Willingale Associates-designed industrial conversion in London EC1

It was formerly used as an art gallery, so if you have plenty of art to hang, this Willingale Associates-designed industrial conversion in London EC1 might be the place for you. Of course, this kind of space in this kind of location comes at a price. We’ll come onto that later. For now, let’s look […]

On the market: Matthias Felsch-designed warehouse conversion in London SE23

A stylish living and working place within this Matthias Felsch-designed warehouse conversion in London SE23. A recent conversion from industrial space and found on a cobbled street, it is one of several warehouse converted into artist’s studios. So if that’s your line (or you want it to be), this could be the dream home for […]

On the market: The Isle Of Grunay, Out Skerries, Shetland, Scotland

Yes, you read that right, this is the sale of the Isle Of Grunay, Out Skerries, Shetland, Scotland. And it’s available for well under £100,000. For your outlay you get to be king or queen of all your survey, which happens to be an island that is the most easterly part of Shetland and as […]

On the market: David Adjaye-designed Fog House warehouse conversion in London EC1

Quite a lot of retro spaces of late, which we are hoping to balance out this week with a few more modern property finds. Saying that, the Adjaye Associates-designed Fog House in London EC1 does have one foot in the past. That’s because this house is a converted vintage brick warehouse, one that apparently ’occupies […]

On the market: Charles Voysey-designed grade II-listed property in London SW18

We don’t often go this far back for house finds, but we make exceptions when the houses are as impressive as this Charles Voysey-designed property in London SW18. Voysey certainly wasn’t a modernist, but his work has been cited as an influence for the modernism that followed his main body of work in the 20th […]

On the market: Robson Warren-designed The Chapel conversion in Goldsmiths Buildings, London W3

Grandeur from the outside, but the Robson Warren-designed The Chapel conversion in Goldsmiths Buildings, London W3 is a very modern space on the inside. The outside is all about the period, with the building formerly a chapel and meeting room of the Goldsmiths Company almshouses, dating from around 1811 and originally the work of architect […]

On the market: Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Avery Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois, USA

It was apparently up for sale a few years back before being withdrawn. Now the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Avery Coonley House in Riverside, Illinois is back on the market. Good news for FLW fans, that’s for sure. But the price ensures that only affluent fans of the iconic architect will be seriously considering this place […]

On the market: Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ingalls House in River Forest, Illinois, USA

A chance to buy an FLW original, with the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ingalls House in River Forest, Illinois, USA now on the market. This prairie-style house dates from 1909 and although (as you would expect) it isn’t in entirely original condition, the house still has an air of originality about it. But changes have been […]

On the market: Three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11

What do you get if you combine three individual mews properties? You get this three-bedroom mews conversion in London W11. That’s what has happened here, with three separate properties merged into one  house. Obviously that’s not just a case of knocking down a few walls. An architect has overseen the project, resulting in the stylish […]

On the market: Five-bedroom Dransfield Owen De Silva-designed warehouse conversion in London SE16

As we have said on numerous occasions, we do love an industrial conversion, something like this Dransfield Owen De Silva-designed warehouse conversion in London SE16. The building dates back to 1860, but was obviously converted much later, courtesy of award winning architects Dransfield Owen De Silva. The selling points here are obviously the space, but […]