Sale of the Century: the best 20th-century homes on the market

From a 1930s penthouse to Brutalist machines for living and mid-century masterpieces, here are the best 20th-century homes currently on the market.

Langton Way, London SE3
Looking at this single-storey, stealthily concealed house Blackheath, it’s not hard to see how its architects, Peter Foggo and David Thomas, channelled their passion for Mies van der Rohe into their own residential designs.

With well-proportioned spaces, glazed sliding doors and warm interiors formed of pine, cedar and maple wood, this has to be one of the best 20th-century homes in London.

Jacksons Lane IV, London N6
The Southwood House Estate is a triangular site in Highgate, populated by an interesting array of Modernist architecture designed by the architect Harley Sherlock.

This townhouse-style residence was built between 1958-61 and retains many of its original features such as a meandering open-tread staircase and thin wooden floor slats throughout.

Thomas More House, Barbican, London EC2
This ‘type 20’ apartment is positioned on the third floor of Thomas More House in the Barbican, Chamberlin Powelll and Bon’s 1970s Brutalist masterpiece. It’s the first time the apartment has been on the market, and many of its original features remain including the kitchen, switches, fittings and bathroom.

Granelli House, Alvechurch, Worcestershire
Architects Remo and Mary Granelli began work on their home in Worcestershire in 1955 and the result, completed in 1961, is this now Grade II-listed house.

Material choices are of particular note, with terrazzo floors, teak handrails, glazed doors and exposed brickwork forming a classic mid-century aesthetic.

Wellesley Court, London W9
Completed in 1938, this two-bedroom split-level apartment tops the upper floors of a Modern Movement block in Maida Vale, designed by Frank Scarlett.

As you’d expect of a housing design from this era, there’s a functional restraint to the space, but the original sculptural spiral staircase makes for a beautiful centrepiece.

Ruskin Park House, Champion Hill, London SE5
The well-maintained apartment block of Ruskin Park House in Camberwell retains many of the original features conceived as part of its design in the 1930s, including Crittal windows, landscaped gardens and a laundrette.

The design of this one-bedroom apartment celebrates the original fabric of the building while incorporating modern elements, like the recently-fitted kitchen.

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