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1960s UK modernist: The top 30 most popular house finds on WowHaus

1960s midcentury-style four-bedroom property in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
1960s midcentury-style four-bedroom property in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

The art deco rundown was incredibly popular and as a result, we have been asked to do some more along the same lines. So we have, kicking off with our 30 most popular 1960s UK modernist house finds. As ever, the listing is in reverse order.

30. 1960s midcentury-style four-bedroom property in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (pictured above)

What a gem this was.

Connected to a local churchyard (so perhaps once connected to a church), it had a great midcentury modern look both inside and out, as well as an acre of land. The latter probably not that common in a major city.

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1960s four-bedroom single-storey modernist property in Haywards Heath, West Sussex
1960s four-bedroom single-storey modernist property in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

29. 1960s four-bedroom single-storey modernist property in Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Refurbished, but still with plenty of character.

This is a single-storey property with a living room that really does jump off the page. Love the fireplace in there. Elsewhere, a mix of the old and the new, with enough old to keep it interesting.

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1960s Walter Segal-designed four-bedroom property in London N6
1960s Walter Segal-designed four-bedroom property in London N6

28. 1960s Walter Segal-designed four-bedroom property in London N6

A Segal in N6? Of course we were interested.

So were you it seems. Not a time capsule, but much of its character survived, right down to the wood and brick finish within.

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1960s Peter Foggo-designed single-storey modernist property in London SW19
1960s Peter Foggo-designed single-storey modernist property in London SW19

27. 1960s Peter Foggo-designed single-storey modernist property in London SW19

SW19 usually means tennis. To us it means an architectural gem by Peter Foggo.

The postcode meant this Mies Van Der Rohe-inspired prepare didn’t come cheap, but decor aside, it was pretty much modernist perfection.

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1960s James Reginald Parr-designed modernist property in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, Scotland
1960s James Reginald Parr-designed modernist property in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, Scotland

26. 1960s James Reginald Parr-designed modernist property in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, Scotland

Scottish modernist houses are always popular, perhaps because prices are often more affordable than than further down south.

This one had the land, the architectural presence and an interior largely untouched over the decades. Amazingly, offers were around £400k for this place.

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1960s grade II-listed Sir Philip Dowson-designed modernist property in London SW20
1960s grade II-listed Sir Philip Dowson-designed modernist property in London SW20

25. 1960s grade II-listed Sir Philip Dowson-designed modernist property in London SW20

Funnily enough, I spotted the listing for this place again yesterday. Yes, it is still up for sale.

That’s perhaps because this stunning modernist / brutalist property has an eye-watering price, which is hardly surprising in light of the postcode. But it is a joy to behold.

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1960s John Winter-designed grade II-listed modernist property in London N6
1960s John Winter-designed grade II-listed modernist property in London N6

24. 1960s John Winter-designed grade II-listed modernist property in London N6

I’m always blown away by this place, it just looks so unique.

That’s because it is, being built around a steel frame and clad in Cor-Ten, a steel alloy that weathers naturally to a beautiful dark rust colour. It needed a full restoration apparently, despite looking like the ‘60s dream.

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1960s modernist property in Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire
1960s modernist property in Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire

23. 1960s modernist property in Dry Drayton, Cambridgeshire

I view this as the one that got away.

It sold of course, but that perfect 1960s interior was lost. We saw images of the furnishings and detailing ripped out after the sale. Shame really, this could have earned a living a TV or movie set.

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1960s four-bedroom modernist property in Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent
1960s four-bedroom modernist property in Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent

22. 1960s four-bedroom modernist property in Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent

I didn’t actually recall this one when it appeared in the list.

But I can see why it made it, A distinctive property laid over two floors, with a wraparound balcony offering views over what is a substantial plot. Needed some work, but worth the effort.

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The Quarry 1960s Morris & Steedman-designed modernist property in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
The Quarry 1960s Morris & Steedman-designed modernist property in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland

21. The Quarry 1960s Morris & Steedman-designed modernist property in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland

Amazing to think this place was far cheaper than a flat in the Barbican.

Of course, the commute might have been an issue, but if you were able to survive outside ‘the city’ (or could work in nearby Edinburgh), this untouched and spacious 1960s modernist property could have been ideal.

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1960s Thomas Glyn Jones and John R Evans-designed grade II-listed modernist property in Dinas Powys, South Wales
1960s Thomas Glyn Jones and John R Evans-designed grade II-listed modernist property in Dinas Powys, South Wales

20. 1960s Thomas Glyn Jones and John R Evans-designed grade II-listed modernist property in Dinas Powys, South Wales

As you might have guessed, houses that retain their originality proved popular. This is another example.

In fact, one of the best. One of six Scandinavian-influenced (and award-winning) houses on the site, this one untouched since 1968. The perfect opportunity to live in the era.

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1960s grade II-listed single-storey property on the Cockaigne Housing Group development, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
1960s grade II-listed single-storey property on the Cockaigne Housing Group development, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

19. 1960s grade II-listed single-storey property on the Cockaigne Housing Group development, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

For many people, this is living the dream. Us included.

Described by English Heritage as the ‘leading English manifestation of the courtyard house’, this one retained much of the original character, but still looked like the perfect modern living space. A testament to the men behind it.

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1960s grade II-listed Debden Hollow modernist property in Barford, near Warwick, Warwickshire
1960s grade II-listed Debden Hollow modernist property in Barford, near Warwick, Warwickshire

18. 1960s grade II-listed Debden Hollow modernist property in Barford, near Warwick, Warwickshire

Designed by local architect Robert Harvey in 1969 and taking inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright, this place was renovated more recently, but is still incredibly striking.

That’s down to the exterior, built into a hill and definitely a house to look twice at. Perhaps even three times. Inside is contemporary rather than period, so whether that appeals is down to personal taste.

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Candleriggs 1960s modernist property in Woodbridge, Suffolk
Candleriggs 1960s modernist property in Woodbridge, Suffolk

17. Candleriggs 1960s modernist property in Woodbridge, Suffolk

We hoped this place survived. If it did, please let us know.

But when it appeared for sale back in 2013, there was talk of the sought after location and planning permission, as well as a lack of internal shots. Basically, we weren’t hopeful.

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1960s Michael Manser-designed single-storey modernist property in Ashtead, Surrey
1960s Michael Manser-designed single-storey modernist property in Ashtead, Surrey

16. 1960s Michael Manser-designed single-storey modernist property in Ashtead, Surrey

Described as ‘an important and rare example of a modern steel house by a key architect’ by English Heritage, this is something very special.

It’s a mix of good preservation and well considered upgrading too. Yes, this isn’t original, but the architect oversaw the additional building and the extra space is clearly defined. Very stylish.

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1960s Eric Mayne-designed midcentury modern property in Selsdon, Surrey
1960s Eric Mayne-designed midcentury modern property in Selsdon, Surrey

15. 1960s Eric Mayne-designed midcentury modern property in Selsdon, Surrey

Not far from central London and well maintained / restored. Of course if was popular.

This was actually the house that Kirsty MacColl grew up in, which adds to the star quality of the architecture itself. Updated as we said, but without a loss of integrity.

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Four bedroom duplex apartment in the 1960s Dinerman, Davison & Hillman-designed Copper Beech in London N6
Four bedroom duplex apartment in the 1960s Dinerman, Davison & Hillman-designed Copper Beech in London N6

14. Four bedroom duplex apartment in the 1960s Dinerman, Davison & Hillman-designed Copper Beech in London N6

Our sole apartment on the list. Some apartment it is too.

Copper Beech block was designed and built in 1961 by Dinerman, Davison & Hillman, a renowned firm of north London architects, with this apartment designed for American film director Samuel Wanamaker. Space, your own garden and so much original detail, including the stunning room dividers.

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Midcentury Renway bungalow in Edgcumbe Park, Crowthorne, Berkshire
Midcentury Renway bungalow in Edgcumbe Park, Crowthorne, Berkshire

13. Midcentury Renway bungalow in Edgcumbe Park, Crowthorne, Berkshire

This was a lovely and interesting renovation.

Part of the estate used in Francois Truffaut’s 1966 movie adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, this ranch-style property underwent a complete renovation, going from unloved to stunning in a few short years.

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1960s Ronald Smith-designed modernist property in Birmingham, West Midlands
1960s Ronald Smith-designed modernist property in Birmingham, West Midlands

12. 1960s Ronald Smith-designed modernist property in Birmingham, West Midlands

Time capsule time.

It really was too, with this award winning property untouched since being built in the 1960s. It went up for auction with a guide of around £240k.

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1960s John Floydd-designed midcentury-style Scan House in Sandgate, Kent
1960s John Floydd-designed midcentury-style Scan House in Sandgate, Kent

11. 1960s John Floydd-designed midcentury-style Scan House in Sandgate, Kent

This one has been up for sale on a few occasions, with no shortage of takers each time.

Hardly surprising. A lovely slice of raised midcentury modern, with original details galore and sea views. If you like it, I’m afraid it has just sold again.

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1960s Royston Summers-designed modernist property in North Several, Blackheath, London SE3
1960s Royston Summers-designed modernist property in North Several, Blackheath, London SE3

10. 1960s Royston Summers-designed modernist property in North Several, Blackheath, London SE3

The architect features regularly on these pages, usually for his Esher properties. Not this time though.

This was a London property, one of several high end modernist builds of the day, with this  one apparently ‘House of the Year in 1969’. Updated, but the original design survives pretty much intact.

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1960s Leslie Gooday-designed grade II-listed modernist property in St George’s Hill, Weybridge, Surrey
1960s Leslie Gooday-designed grade II-listed modernist property in St George’s Hill, Weybridge, Surrey

9. 1960s Leslie Gooday-designed grade II-listed modernist property in St George’s Hill, Weybridge, Surrey

This really is something special. But not cheap.

Grade II-listed and a first time on the market, this place is untouched, still with the original cantilevered living room, the ‘boardmarked’ concrete and the copper mansard roof plus the original fitted cupboards and cantilevered red cedar sideboards created for this property.

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1960s Powell Alport-designed midcentury modern property in Cyncoed, Cardiff, South Wales
1960s Powell Alport-designed midcentury modern property in Cyncoed, Cardiff, South Wales

8. 1960s Powell Alport-designed midcentury modern property in Cyncoed, Cardiff, South Wales

I have find memories of this area from my university days. I don’t recall this house though.

So much space, plenty of original style and that exterior? Well, that stops you in your tracks.

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Francis Bacon’s 1960s four-bedroom house in Chieveley, Newbury, Berkshire
Francis Bacon’s 1960s four-bedroom house in Chieveley, Newbury, Berkshire

7. Francis Bacon’s 1960s four-bedroom house in Chieveley, Newbury, Berkshire

This might not have made the cut but for the famous association.

Commissioned for Francis Bacon back in 1960, it does of course have an art studio, although that was converted into living space by a subsequent owner. Easy to change back though, should you feel an urge to paint.

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1960s Laurie Abbott-designed three-bedroomed house in Frimley, Surrey
1960s Laurie Abbott-designed three-bedroomed house in Frimley, Surrey

6. 1960s Laurie Abbott-designed three-bedroomed house in Frimley, Surrey

One of those developments you love or hate.

Always popular though,. This is one of 32 similar properties, with this one updated, but still with something of a ‘60s vibe within.

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1960s Robert Harvey-designed midcentury modern property in Kenilworth, Warwickshire
1960s Robert Harvey-designed midcentury modern property in Kenilworth, Warwickshire

5. 1960s Robert Harvey-designed midcentury modern property in Kenilworth, Warwickshire

A recent listing, it might well still be up for sale. In fact, I’m pretty sure it is.

A grade II-listed property inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, it is pretty much untouched in 50+ years. This is the movie location you are looking for if you are planning a futuristic 1960s flick.

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1960s Morris & Steedman-designed four-bedroom modernist property in Ravelston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
1960s Morris & Steedman-designed four-bedroom modernist property in Ravelston, Edinburgh, Midlothian

4. 1960s Morris & Steedman-designed four-bedroom modernist property in Ravelston, Edinburgh, Midlothian

A B-listed property from 1963 and perfect if you are looking for something interesting neat Edinburgh.

Updated and extended over the years, but the free flowing space still has enough of the ‘past’ to keep it interesting.

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1960s modernist property in Chichester, West Sussex
1960s modernist property in Chichester, West Sussex

3. 1960s modernist property in Chichester, West Sussex

I remember when we got a top off about this one. I knew it would tick all the boxes for you.

An interesting design, never previously on the market and little change from 1968. Another that was pitched for renovation or redevelopment, we hope the former happened if preservation wasn’t possible.

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1960s grade II-listed Richard and Su Rogers-designed Rogers House modernist property in London SW19

2. 1960s grade II-listed Richard and Su Rogers-designed Rogers House modernist property in London SW19

The only thing that surprises me here is that this place isn’t at number one.

When we featured it, the house was still owned by the family (it was built for Richard Rogers’ parents) and on the market for the first time. It never actually sold. Richard Rogers gifted the Wimbledon home to the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Peter Aldington-designed 1960s grade II-listed modernist property in Bessacarr, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

1. Peter Aldington-designed 1960s grade II-listed modernist property in Bessacarr, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Surprising number one? Possibly. But it goes to show how price can have an impact on popularity.

This house was the work of renowned architect Peter Aldington, built this for a close friend in 1967 and incredibly well preserved. The downside was perhaps geography – if you needed to be near Doncaster, that’s fine. But if not, you might have ended up with a long commute from your dream home.

But there is that price. This place was marketed for £295,000. It might even have sold for less.

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