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Retro houses: The pick of the week from WowHaus

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Looking for your dream house? Whether it’s to buy or to aspire to, there have been plenty of retro houses featured on the WowHaus site in the last week or so. Here is our pick of them.


1960s Roy Lancaster-designed modernist property in Chislehurst, Kent (pictured above)

It dates back to 1968 and little has changed since with this place.

Plenty of original features from the staircase through to the flooring, which site alongside some modern-day updates. But overall, the 1960s wins out.

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The Grossman House 1960s midcentury property in Los Angeles, California, USA

It’s the first time for sale for this Raphael Soriano design, which is also a designated Cultural Heritage Monument.

Stunning it is too, constructed from steel, aluminium and glass, with amazing views from the extensive glazing and some wonderful metalwork detailing on the exterior of the property too. A dream house.

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1970s Neave Brown-designed brutalist apartment in Rowley Way, London NW8

A famous brutalist development and let’s be honest, brutalism is the architectural buzzword right now.

An ex-local authority duplex in St John’s Wood and with a grade II* listing from English Heritage, this place has been sympathetically updated inside, with period features such as the timber staircase and the timber-framed sliding doors maintained.

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Split-level apartment in the Chamberlin, Powell & Bon-designed Barbican, London EC2Y

Another apartment in a super-hip development. In this case, the Barbican.

This is a  type M3B triplex apartment, located on the 5th, 6th & 7th floors of Ben Jonson House. It has been updated, but the internal mahogany staircase and the windows are still in place. Oh yes, sought after also means not cheap.

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1960s midcentury modern property in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA

Great setting outside and stylish features inside this place in Michigan.

That outside is a lakeland setting, while the inside includes a feature stone wall, double height ceilings and built-in walnut furnishings. Some updating perhaps needed, but not too much.

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1970s modernist property in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

A genuine time capsule, with this house unchanged for decades.

That’s everything from the light fittings and curtains to the bathrooms and kitchen. A retro dream and quite possible a perfect film or TV setting for a 1970s drama.

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