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WowHaus Top 40 of 2013: The most popular properties of the year (numbers 40 – 31)

The Deck House 1960s harbour-side property in Emsworth’, Hampshire
The Deck House 1960s harbour-side property in Emsworth’, Hampshire

Inspired by watching old Top Of The Pops, we’ve decided to do our own Top 40. That’s a Top 40 of the most popular house finds on WowHaus. We’ve broken them done into groups of 10, with the houses below taking up the slots from 40 to 31. Look out for the next 10 tomorrow.

40. The Deck House 1960s harbour-side property in Emsworth’, Hampshire

Back in January 2013 (and pictured above), we spotted this unusual and largely unchanged 1960s harbour-side property in Emsworth’, Hampshire going by the name of The Deck House.

It’s one of several homes near a natural wildlife pond forming part of the Emsworth yacht harbour development. Each one is on pillared stilts catering for both car and boat storage facilities underneath and with a dual aspect sun balcony for the summer months.

£250,000 was the price and if you missed out, you can always keep an eye out for one of the others.

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Two-bedroom apartment in Willoughby House, Barbican Estate London EC2
Two-bedroom apartment in Willoughby House, Barbican Estate London EC2

39. Two-bedroom apartment in Willoughby House, Barbican Estate London EC2

London property looms large in the year’s list and the Barbican is certainly popular amongst it.

This one is a ‘rare’ Type 115 Barbican apartment, arranged over the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of Willoughby House, so plenty of space and plenty of originality too- this place didn’t look like too much work had been done over the decades.

A combination of that and the location probably accounted for the £999,999 asking price.

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1930s grade II-listed The Lime Works six-bedroom house in Norton, Kent
1930s grade II-listed The Lime Works six-bedroom house in Norton, Kent

38. 1930s grade II-listed The Lime Works six-bedroom house in Norton, Kent

A popular find. In fact, we featured it twice after the 1930s grade II-listed The Lime Works six-bedroom house in Norton, Kent got a lot of attention after some TV coverage.

The house itself is interesting, with a design that looks like it could be out of a sci-fi movie. It’s actually from the early 1930s and was a functioning water softening plant until 1942. The current owners acquired it in 2005 and created what you see now.

However, earlier this year it featured in Channel 4’s Gadget Man TV show and got a price cut. Reason enough to feature once more. It is now on the market for (a still not cheap) £2,000,000.

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1960s Cox Architects-designed single-storey modernist property in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
1960s Cox Architects-designed single-storey modernist property in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

37. 1960s Cox Architects-designed single-storey modernist property in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Renovation projects are always popular, perhaps because of the price, but also because of the original features and the ability to put your own mark on a place.

This 1960s Cox Architects-designed single-storey property in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire was one of the most popular, a period modernist design packed with original features. If you are after creating your own ’60s home, this is a good place to start.

It was on the market for £495,000.

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Five-bedroom 1970s modernist property in Macclesfield, Cheshire
Five-bedroom 1970s modernist property in Macclesfield, Cheshire

36. Five-bedroom 1970s modernist property in Macclesfield, Cheshire

Another reason for a popular house is a place largely unchanged from its original era. Just like this 1970s modernist property in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Described as a ‘state of the art’ house back in the day, it really did scream the 1970s. The bathrooms have to be seen to be believed.

It went up for sealed bid offers around the £400,000 mark some months back and we think it sold during that process.

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Two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s art deco West Hill Court, Highgate, London N6
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s art deco West Hill Court, Highgate, London N6

35. Two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s art deco West Hill Court, Highgate, London N6

If you have been hunting for a period place in a swish neighbourhood, you might have encountered the 1930s art deco West Hill Court, Highgate, London N6.

We featured a two-bedroom apartment, one that had been modernised, but was very much in keeping with the original build. A mix of old and new, if you like. Not cheap at £670,000 though, but that’s perhaps indicative of the market in the capital.

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1970s architect-designed single-storey modernist property in Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham, North Wales
1970s architect-designed single-storey modernist property in Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham, North Wales

34. 1970s architect-designed single-storey modernist property in Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham, North Wales

A real gem, with this 1970s architect-designed single-storey modernist property in Bangor-on-Dee, near Wrexham, North Wales largely unchanged by the passing decades.

Not completely unchanged, there’s a new kitchen for example. But by and large, this house, built by an architect for his own use, does retain that ’70s feel. Although the design does lend itself well to modern open-plan living too.

£320,000 was the asking price.

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1960s Walter Segal-designed modernist property in Belsize Park, London NW3
1960s Walter Segal-designed modernist property in Belsize Park, London NW3

33. 1960s Walter Segal-designed modernist property in Belsize Park, London NW3

A lot of people fell for this 1960s Walter Segal-designed modernist property in Belsize Park, London NW3 – and we can understand why.

Again, location was a selling point, along with the distinctive design, with a glass exterior overlooking the rear garden, Certainly not a modern relic though, as this place is very much about contemporary living beyond the front door.

The asking price was £1,250,000.

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1970s Royston Summers-designed modernist property on Lakeside Drive, Esher, Surrey
1970s Royston Summers-designed modernist property on Lakeside Drive, Esher, Surrey

32. 1970s Royston Summers-designed modernist property on Lakeside Drive, Esher, Surrey

Another great example of 1970s modernism, with this Royston Summers-designed modernist property on Lakeside Drive, Esher, Surrey being one of a group of similar properties on a quiet private estate.

This one is perhaps one of the most faithful to the original design, with space including five/six bedrooms, an impressive living room, a family room, a dining rom, kitchen/breakfast room, an entrance hall, two bathrooms, a dressing room and an attached double garage. All of which oozes high-end ’70s cool.

£1,895,000 was the asking price.

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1950s Otto F. Seeler-designed midcentury modern property in South Bend, Indiana, USA
1950s Otto F. Seeler-designed midcentury modern property in South Bend, Indiana, USA

31. 1950s Otto F. Seeler-designed midcentury modern property in South Bend, Indiana, USA

To be honest, I’d forgotten all about this Otto F. Seeler-designed midcentury modern property in South Bend, Indiana, USA, but I can see why it was popular.

For a start, it’ an affordable design from a leading name in the field and a house originally built for Seeler’s own family. Largely untouched too, both inside and out, including that distinctive overhanging roof.

$259,000 is the price, which works out at around £161,000.

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Look out for our next 10 tomorrow!