From offbeat city pads to unorthodox country piles, so many weird and wonderful properties make us crave things we never knew we needed before. Features like in-built sound systems, courtyards and unique period decorations suddenly jump to the top of our wish list as soon as we spot them in a quirky property. To get your creative juices flowing, here are three delightfully alternative options that have worked their unconventional magic on us.
The cool hybrid apartment
If you’ve got a soft spot for conflicting styles then check out this contemporary yet traditional mash-up of a . Cast iron radiators, exposed timber beams and steel industrial windows provide an old-world flavour, as do the hardwood floors, natural stone tiles and marble finishes. There’s even a cast iron bathtub in the master bedroom.
However, the flip side to these features comes in the state-of-the-art integrated Sonos sound system and a Nest Heating system. A stylish kitchen fitted with sleek , integrated dishwasher, wine cooler and teppanyaki (heated Japanese hot plate) completes the balancing effect.
The quaint retro maisonette
Packed with Victoriana and relatively unchanged since its construction in the late 19th century, this quaint is a nostalgic nod to a bygone age. High ceilings and original sash windows allow plenty of light to fill the spacious interiors, while varnished wooden floors and original joinery are warm and welcome touches of craftsmanship.
A fireplace in every room continues the subtle Dickensian vibe. It's hard to not feel like you've stumbled into a time machine with so many well-preserved features surrounding you, like the Victorian-style hand basins, Persian carpets and patterned wallpaper.
The cavernous village home
Ever fancied owning a large Georgian Grade-II listed house in a charming village setting? How about a four-bedroom Victorian cottage? A self-contained flat maybe? Well, why consider just one of these three options when you can have all of them via one lump purchase? That’s right, this vast , Leicestershire, offers all this along with a very generous dose of period grace and grandeur.
A pretty Italian-style courtyard and a spacious two-storey (currently a workshop) are part of the deal too. Plus, there’s a large private 8-foot walled rear garden with four other outbuildings dotted around it, just for good measure.