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Art Deco: The top 30 most popular house finds on WowHaus

Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Southgate, London N14
Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Southgate, London N14

When it comes to house styles, the art deco section of the WowHaus site is by far the most popular. With that in mind, we have decided to compile the 30 most popular art deco house finds on the site. Ok, it also contains some moderne and modernist houses of the era, but overall, this is the best of the style that still stands.

30. Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Southgate, London N14 (pictured above)

The frontage really sells this place.

That’s no doubt down to the house being in a conservation area. Inside, this is far more contemporary. A contrast we see all too often in deco properties.

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1930s detached art deco property in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
1930s detached art deco property in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

29. 1930s detached art deco property in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

If one thing guarantees popularity it is a renovation project, especially an affordable one.

That was the case here. A house pretty much unchanged since the 1930s and in need of some love. It was up for just £150,000.

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1930s Mollie Taylor-designed Kilowatt House art deco property in Bath, Somerset
1930s Mollie Taylor-designed Kilowatt House art deco property in Bath, Somerset

28. 1930s Mollie Taylor-designed Kilowatt House art deco property in Bath, Somerset

From a renovation project to a completed job.

Described by Pevsner as ‘Bath’s only Modern Movement house’, this grade II-listed house got a makeover to suits its stature, with enough of the old surviving amongst the new.

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1930s E. William Palmer-designed art deco property in Brighton, East Sussex
1930s E. William Palmer-designed art deco property in Brighton, East Sussex

27. 1930s E. William Palmer-designed art deco property in Brighton, East Sussex

Again, a contrast of the old and the new.

The old being the outside of course. Inside is a very modern finish, but a stylish one too. Hence why it was so popular.

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Four-bedroom semi-detached 1930s art deco property in London N2
Four-bedroom semi-detached 1930s art deco property in London N2

26. Four-bedroom semi-detached 1930s art deco property in London N2

The Hampstead Garden Suburb is always a popular location. Not least because of its period architecture.

A great example here, which again keeps a period frame, but adds in some modern-era finishes. Love the sun room.

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1930s Oliver Hill-designed art deco property in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex
1930s Oliver Hill-designed art deco property in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex

25. 1930s Oliver Hill-designed art deco property in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex

Surprised there isn’t more Frinton in the listing. But not surprised to see this place here.

Grade II-listed, it was thoroughly refurbished by the owner, with a striking steel and glass extension at the side. A very cool place.

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Obertal B-listed 1930s art deco house in Leven, Fife, Scotland
Obertal B-listed 1930s art deco house in Leven, Fife, Scotland

24. Obertal B-listed 1930s art deco house in Leven, Fife, Scotland

Another listed house, amazing both inside and out.

That’s because Obertal was pretty much original inside and out when it hit the market. It also had some amazing views and a price tag that was a fraction of most on this list.

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Four-bedroom 1930s art deco house in South Crosland, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Four-bedroom 1930s art deco house in South Crosland, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

23. Four-bedroom 1930s art deco house in South Crosland, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

A house that needed a little bit of work. Which is perhaps the reason for its popularity.

It wasn’t a huge renovation. It just needed stopping back a little to reveal its finer points. A great location and a reasonable price tag too.

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Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Southgate, London N14
Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Southgate, London N14

22. Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Southgate, London N14

Yes, more north London art deco.

This one kept the period features, which is perhaps why it had been used for both BBC and ITV productions in the past.

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Unrestored 1930s art deco property in Mildenhall, Suffolk
Unrestored 1930s art deco property in Mildenhall, Suffolk

21. Unrestored 1930s art deco property in Mildenhall, Suffolk

Another project and as such, another popular house.

The windows, the plot, the originality – this was a fascinating place.

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Four-bedroom 1930s art deco house in Harrogate, Yorkshire
Four-bedroom 1930s art deco house in Harrogate, Yorkshire

20. Four-bedroom 1930s art deco house in Harrogate, Yorkshire

When we spotted this place, it had just gone on the market for the first time in 50 years.

A sought after location, plenty of space, but some work was required to get it back to its best.

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Gradna House 1930s coastal art deco property in Plaidy, near Looe, Cornwall
Gradna House 1930s coastal art deco property in Plaidy, near Looe, Cornwall

19. Gradna House 1930s coastal art deco property in Plaidy, near Looe, Cornwall

This is a jaw-dropping house.

Originally built for the Wills Tobacco family in the 1930s as a holiday retreat, it gradually fell into disrepair before being renovated over the last couple of decades. The end result is amazing.

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Three-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Frinton-On-Sea, Essex
Three-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Frinton-On-Sea, Essex

18. Three-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Frinton-On-Sea, Essex

Our second trip to Frinton.

Simple and stylish, this one was renovated and essentially was a decent family home. That’s perhaps what appealed.

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The Lantern W. F. Tuthill-designed art deco property in West Runton, Norfolk
The Lantern W. F. Tuthill-designed art deco property in West Runton, Norfolk

17. The Lantern W. F. Tuthill-designed art deco property in West Runton, Norfolk

Surprised this didn’t rate higher as it got everyone talking back in 2015.

The issue was perhaps the lack of internal shots. The outside was untouched, the agent hinted at original features beyond, but we never got to see them. If you did, do let us know.

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1930s Dyson and Hebeler-designed grade II-listed art deco property in Hilton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
1930s Dyson and Hebeler-designed grade II-listed art deco property in Hilton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

16. 1930s Dyson and Hebeler-designed grade II-listed art deco property in Hilton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Anther house with a selling point of originality.

Outside and inside too, from the spiral staircase to the circular living room. Check out the light fittings too.

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1930s Amyas Connell and Basil Ward-designed Usherwood art deco property in Abinger Hammer, near Dorking, Surrey
1930s Amyas Connell and Basil Ward-designed Usherwood art deco property in Abinger Hammer, near Dorking, Surrey

15. 1930s Amyas Connell and Basil Ward-designed Usherwood art deco property in Abinger Hammer, near Dorking, Surrey

Famous names, but perhaps not such a famous build.

It required some sort of sympathetic updating, not least because it is grade II-listed. Check out the semi-circular tower, home to an internal staircase leading to the roof terrace.

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Shangri La grade II-listed art deco property in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, South Wales
Shangri La grade II-listed art deco property in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, South Wales

14. Shangri La grade II-listed art deco property in Pontllanfraith, Caerphilly, South Wales

Another renovation project. Of course it was popular.

It did nee a lot of work too, both structurally and cosmetically. But see beyond that and you could see a wonderful art deco property at a fairly reasonable price. If you know what happened to it after auction, do let us know.

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Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Herne Bay, Kent
Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Herne Bay, Kent

13. Four-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Herne Bay, Kent

Another one for lovers of period features.

This one needed some ‘tidying up’, but beyond that was so much so enjoy, from the sun terraces to the staircase.

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1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed five-bedroom modernist property in London SE18
1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed five-bedroom modernist property in London SE18

12. 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed five-bedroom modernist property in London SE18

Thought long and hard about featuring this one, as it’s perhaps more modernist than deco.

But we opted for it as was likely to appeal to a similar set of people.

This is one of four grade II-listed houses by Lubetkin, with this one having had a complete refurbishment. Plain, simple, stylish.

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Three-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex
Three-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex

11. Three-bedroom 1930s art deco property in Gidea Park, Romford, Essex

Not the biggest we have featured, but one of the more well maintained.

A number of period features still in place, some retro additions (like the kitchen) and essentially a great house to live in.

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1930s art deco four-bedroom house in Hastings, East Sussex
1930s art deco four-bedroom house in Hastings, East Sussex

10. 1930s art deco four-bedroom house in Hastings, East Sussex

Again, plenty here that ticks the boxes for period style.

The shape, the windows, the doors, the staircase, even the wood floor. These are all ket selling points and just why a house becomes so popular.

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1930s Blenkinsopp and Scratchard-designed art deco property in Castleford, Yorkshire
1930s Blenkinsopp and Scratchard-designed art deco property in Castleford, Yorkshire

9. 1930s Blenkinsopp and Scratchard-designed art deco property in Castleford, Yorkshire

We really fell for this place. So did many of you.

It was actually used as a home and doctor’s surgery until the 1950s, then changing hands several times since. Thankfully those subsequent owners have looked after the period features. Some modern additions work well too, as did the £249k asking price.

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1930s five-bedroom art deco property in Beckenham, Kent
1930s five-bedroom art deco property in Beckenham, Kent

8. 1930s five-bedroom art deco property in Beckenham, Kent

This is one that divided opinion. But judging by its popularity, the house won.

The frontage sells it for sure, as does the roof terrace. However, it has been heavily modernised too and a conservatory isn’t for everyone.

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Chevrons 1930s art deco property in Llandudno, Conwy, North Wales
Chevrons 1930s art deco property in Llandudno, Conwy, North Wales

7. Chevrons 1930s art deco property in Llandudno, Conwy, North Wales

I’ll let you into a secret. This is my dream art deco house.

Not far from the seafront at Llandudno, the house has been immaculately refurbished, with so much originality brought back to its best. The sweeping staircase, roof terrace and glass-covered atrium are joys to behold.

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Six-bedroom 1930s art deco house in Blackheath, South East London
Six-bedroom 1930s art deco house in Blackheath, South East London

6. Six-bedroom 1930s art deco house in Blackheath, South East London

Postcode and renovation project really sold this place to many people.

Lots of space and lots of details that would have been wise to keep. Unfortunately the size and the location were perhaps the house’s worst enemy. This would also be a developer’s dream.

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1930 art deco house in Minster On Sea, Sheerness, Kent
1930 art deco house in Minster On Sea, Sheerness, Kent

5. 1930 art deco house in Minster On Sea, Sheerness, Kent

Another hugely popular renovation project, one we think had a happy ending.

The house itself was something of a time capsule, one with a low asking price at auction too. It needed a lot of work and was a target for developers due to the land. But we think someone sympathetic did actually secure it. If that was you, please get in touch.

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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

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

I think of this place as an old friend.

It was up for sale several times, both traditional and via auction. Eventually it found a buyer who appreciated the originality of this place. A good news story.

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1920s Amyas Connell-designed High & Over modernist house in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
1920s Amyas Connell-designed High & Over modernist house in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

3. 1920s Amyas Connell-designed High & Over modernist house in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Again, one that’s more modernist than deco, but it makes the cut.

One of the most important modern houses of the early 20th century, it was in danger of demolition in the 1960s but thankfully shrived. In more recent years it has been renovated to fit its standing. Wonderful.

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The First Sun House – 1930s Connell and Ward-designed modernist property in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
The First Sun House – 1930s Connell and Ward-designed modernist property in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

2.  The First Sun House – 1930s Connell and Ward-designed modernist property in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

On a related note, a house that is a stone’s throw from number 2.

Same architects, similar style and the same era. The Sun Houses are always popular, even if they have modernised over the years. That’s certainly the case here, but the striking architecture still wins the day.

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Apartments in the 1930s Wallis, Gilbert and Partners-designed art deco Hoover Building in Perivale, west London
Apartments in the 1930s Wallis, Gilbert and Partners-designed art deco Hoover Building in Perivale, west London

1. Apartments in the 1930s Wallis, Gilbert and Partners-designed art deco Hoover Building in Perivale, west London

Amazingly, number one is one of our most recent finds.

That says everything about the popularity of this building. It also indicates that there will be no shortage of buyers when the Hoover Building is finally turned into apartments. Just a note for the developers though. Everyone loves the period detailing, so places don’t lose it or that waiting list might just shrink.

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And that’s it…for now. Don’t forget we add new ones almost weekly, so keep an eye on the art deco section of the site to hear about them first.