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WowHaus Top 50 of 2015: The most popular properties of the year (numbers 40 – 31)

Broadlinks House 1960s modernist property in Broadsands, Paignton, Devon
Broadlinks House 1960s modernist property in Broadsands, Paignton, Devon

Ok, we had the first instalment yesterday, now we are at numbers 40 – 31 of the most popular properties of the year on WowHaus. Once again, we are going in reverse order and of course, the other instalments will follow over the coming days. Happy reading!

40. Broadlinks House 1960s modernist property in Broadsands, Paignton, Devon (pictured above)

A throwback house that returned to the market in 2015 at a much-reduced price.

If you like the idea of going back to the 1960s, this is certainly the place for you, with so much period detail to enjoy. Some great views too across Broadsands Beach to Torbay with Torquay beyond and Blue Waters Drive to the left. Work possibly needed, but a great canvas to work with.

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Foxgloves 1930s art deco property in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire
Foxgloves 1930s art deco property in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire

39. Foxgloves 1930s art deco property in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire

Art deco is always popular in the annual listings, with this one certainly selling itself with the bold exterior.

Inside the place has been restored, but with some period details saved in the process. Overall though, you are looking at a modern family home with some 1930s character.

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Melville Aubin-designed Sunpark 1930s art deco property in Brixham, Devon
Melville Aubin-designed Sunpark 1930s art deco property in Brixham, Devon

38. Melville Aubin-designed Sunpark 1930s art deco property in Brixham, Devon

This is a house we have featured several times and we love dearly.

Sadly, it never found a buyer over the years…until this year. We heard from the new owner and know it is in good hands. So a happy ending for this well-preserved 1930s gem and all its wonderful original features.

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1960s Austin Vernon & Partners-designed midcentury property on the Dulwich Estate, London SE21
1960s Austin Vernon & Partners-designed midcentury property on the Dulwich Estate, London SE21

37. 1960s Austin Vernon & Partners-designed midcentury property on the Dulwich Estate, London SE21

A house that house dates from 1969 and was built to a Manfred Bresgen design on Ferrings on the Dulwich estate. It’s also a house that has been incredibly well maintained.

It is a fairly recent renovation in fact, mixing the originality of the 1960s build with some cutting edge modern design where you want it (not least in the kitchen and bathrooms). A great example of how 1960s houses can flourish in the modern era.

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1930s art deco-style property in Elmer, West Sussex
1930s art deco-style property in Elmer, West Sussex

36. 1930s art deco-style property in Elmer, West Sussex

As we often say, renovation projects are always popular as it gives potential buyers the chance to get in a little cheaper and put their own stamp on a house. That’s why this was such a popular find.

It certainly isn’t because of the interior, which needs a lot of work. In fact, it’s pretty much a shell. But that does mean an opportunity for someone to come in and create something wonderful.

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1960s Edgar Broutet-designed midcentury property in Bergerac, southwestern France
1960s Edgar Broutet-designed midcentury property in Bergerac, southwestern France

35. 1960s Edgar Broutet-designed midcentury property in Bergerac, southwestern France

Off to France for the coolest doctor’s surgery you’ll ever see.

Ok, it isn’t one now, but this place did start off as part living space, part medical office. It is now ‘all house’ and a great example of 1960s modernism in a lovely part of the world.

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1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland
1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

34. 1970s Don O’Neill Flanagan-designed modernist property in Oughterard, near Galway, Ireland

I think we expected this place to be higher, as it is absolutely stunning.

The house itself is quite a bold statement, one that needs a little work as you might expect. But the location too is something special, with plenty of land, a lakeside spot and a pool (which does need reinstating). All that for a price that would get you nothing in London.

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Space One 1960s modernist property in Clapton in Gordano, North Somerset
Space One 1960s modernist property in Clapton in Gordano, North Somerset

33. Space One 1960s modernist property in Clapton in Gordano, North Somerset

This is another house that sold as a result (we believe) of it being on the WowHaus site. If only we got a percentage of these sales!

Anyway, according to the purchaser, the images of this bold 1960s property really do not do the place justice. With that in mind, we suspect it will look pretty special once any updates have been completed.

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1960s Michael Twigg-designed Medlars modernist property in East Grinstead, West Sussex
1960s Michael Twigg-designed Medlars modernist property in East Grinstead, West Sussex

32. 1960s Michael Twigg-designed Medlars modernist property in East Grinstead, West Sussex

A game of two halves if you want to talk in footballing terms.

That’s not a criticism, we are just pointing out that the house, dating from the early 1960s, has been extended in 2009. You can tell which areas are from which eras, but the overall look and feel of the house still works with the extra space.

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Langtry House contemporary modernist property in Hampstead, London NW3
Langtry House contemporary modernist property in Hampstead, London NW3

31. Langtry House contemporary modernist property in Hampstead, London NW3

Something contemporary to end this particular segment – and something that’s primarily underground,

Yes, going down is the very modern way of getting extra space, especially in the more desirable areas of the capital. This one does it with so much style, as well as maximising the light and space. The end result does come at a price though.

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