Dating from the 1920s and 1930s, Art Deco architecture always stands out from the crowd. ‘The lure of Art Deco property is undeniable. With a distinct aesthetic, the movement takes you back to the glamour of Old Hollywood and the Roaring ‘20s Paris, ‘ says Chris Dietz, Executive Vice President, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. ‘Created as a response against the Art Nouveau movement, a distinct genre that emulated forms found in nature, Art Deco embraced the new industry and technology of the day and showcased geometric shapes, futuristic finishes and machine-made materials.’ Original Art Deco houses and apartments are rare finds, but our detective work has uncovered a haul currently for sale.
1. Balham, London SW17, £280,000
This bright studio flat consists of a studio room with fitted wardrobes, a separate kitchen and a shower room. It’s on the fifth floor of Du Cane Court, which comprises 677 apartments and was said to be Europe’s largest privately-owned block when it was built in 1937. Original features such as Crittall windows, and revolving doors and marbled pillars in the lobby have been retained, and the building might strike a chord with fans of detective dramas as it has appeared in ITV’s Poirot. Through Foxtons.
2. Glasgow G1, offers over £320,000
Converting offices into residential dwellings might seem like a very recent idea but this handsome 1930s red sandstone block was repurposed as a scheme of 12 apartments back in 2000, as part of Merchant City’s regeneration. A two-bedroom, fifth floor home is now on the market, occupying a sizeable corner plot and gazing out over the city. Reached via a lift, it has a dual aspect living room with wooden floors and tall windows, and a unique curved kitchen with an island and room to sit and eat. Both bedrooms are doubles and there’s a rolltop tub in one of the two bathrooms, plus an underground parking space. Get the lowdown from Rettie & Co.
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3. Randalls, Uxbridge, London UB8, from £335,000
A grade II listed Art Deco department store – where the sitcom Only Fools and Horses was once filmed – has been given a new lease of life after being converted into stylish studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. These are spread over the first and second floors of the original building, now called Gatsby House, and a commercial tenant is being sought for the ground floor. The development incorporates many period details, including the store’s signage, shutters, clock and windows. By Inland Homes.
4. Northampton, £450,000
Bay windows and timber floors are among the original features in this three-bedroom semi-detached house, a couple of miles from Northampton town centre. The living room’s at the front, and the extended and recently refitted open plan kitchen incorporates an island, flat-fronted cupboards and quartz worktops. There’s a double garage with an outbuilding, accessed via a service road, and the buyer won’t have the bother of mowing the lawn as front and back gardens are hard landscaped. Find out more from Jackson-Stops.
5. Boston, Lincolnshire £625,000
Curvy Crittall steel-framed windows filling rooms with light head a long list of Art Deco features in this striking four-bedroom house, which has only had three owners in the 87 years since it was built. Other features of note are the original front door, panelling and fireplace in the dining room, and the bathroom’s cast iron bath and tiling. The hall and living room carpets protect oak parquet floors underneath, and a sliding, mirrored hatch opens into the living room from the understairs cupboard that was once used as a bar. Get in touch with Fine & Country.
6. Twickenham, London TW2, £925,000
Combining an authentic Art Deco exterior with 21st century interiors, this four-bedroom semi is in fantastic condition and geared up for entertaining. The centrepiece is the full-width kitchen/family room with an island and wide bifold doors leading on to the patio, and there’s another reception room, a cloakroom and utility. Three bedrooms and the family bathroom are on the first floor, and the master bedroom and the loft space has been converted into the master bedroom and ensuite. Available from Dexters.
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7. Stanmore, Middlesex, £1.825m
With an exterior reminiscent of an ocean liner, this whitewashed detached house is in the Warren Estate, an enclave of similar, well-preserved Art Deco houses moments from the end of the Jubilee line and a country park. Includes a kitchen, utility and living/family room, a ground floor master bedroom with an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and French windows that open into the garden, and five further bedrooms and bathrooms. Through Joseph Scott.
8. Paris, France 4.060m Euros (approx. £3,504,643)
Located in the moneyed 16th arrondissement, this huge and extremely luxurious apartment is on the fourth floor of a superb 1930’s building with a caretaker, and has mahogany and tiled floors and high ceilings throughout. A double living/reception room, a dining room, a library, a study, and spacious eat-in kitchen open off the entrance hall, while all four bedrooms have ensuites and overlook a peaceful courtyard and garden. In addition, there’s a parking space, cellar and 7th floor maid’s room. For details, contact Luxury Portfolio International.