Our best properties of the week

Welcome to our weekly property summary, where we bring together the best homes for sale and rent from around the world. This week we have a living greenhouse in Victoria and a 16th century villa in Lombardy among our finds.

A living greenhouse in Victoria

Photography: Kylie McDowell for The Spaces

5 beds; from $ 500 per night via Airbnb
Partners Hill architects designed this 110-meter hangar as a living greenhouse for its owners of creative agencies. They have set up a farm shop, cooking school and architectural getaway in the Victoria countryside and the property’s bioclimatic design is all about indoor / outdoor living. The eco-building overlooks the natural bush of Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and Mt Franklin from its hillside lot. Take a tour of 9 other architectural retreats in Victoria.

16th century Villa Berla in Lombardy

Photography & styling: DOM Stay & Live

5 bedrooms; € 2.75m via Broker Immobiliare Srl
Creative team Enrico Caminoli and Marta Nowicka restored this baroque villa in Lombardy, northern Italy. The 16th-century mansion, located an hour’s drive from Milan, wraps around a U-shaped courtyard like a series of interconnected buildings. Its clean interiors make original features shine, including colorful frescoes and coffered ceilings. Future owners can try before they buy as the villa is available to rent from £ 250 per night. Take a wheelchair ride.

Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Vicens in Barcelona

Photograph courtesy of Airbnb / Casa Vicens

2 beds; reservations open on July 12, 2021 via Airbnb
Antoni Gaudí’s iconic Casa Vicens was recently turned into a museum after being a private home for 136 years. For just one night, it will be listed on Airbnb, allowing guests to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 1880s Barcelona property in all its glory. You will also be treated to a Michelin-starred Gaudí-inspired dinner in the dining room. Visit the interior of the building and find out how to book.

A mid-century modern home in Palm Springs

Photography: Kelly Peak

3 bedrooms; 3,711 square feet; $ 4.5 million via Scott Histed Bennion Deville Homes
Architects William Krisel and Dan Palmer and the Alexander Construction Company designed this mid-century modern Palm Springs home in 1961 as a party house for its owners Claire and Teddy Morse. But why have two architects when you can have three? Hollywood favorite Hal Levitt redesigned his swinging interiors for entertaining, installing a sunken lounge with steps into the pool. The mid-century modern house was restored in 2013 by its current caretakers, who kept its period aesthetic right down to the faux turf lawns (installed to avoid bothersome grass stains during the picnic and so that guests do not have their high heel shoes stuck in the grass). Take a closer look.

A living / working space in Suffolk

3 bedrooms; 2,661 square feet; £ 1.89m via modern house
David and Henrietta Villiers, owners of branding and design agency Studio Pond, designed this impressive living / working space as a home and studio in Suffolk’s Aldeburgh. After 20 years in London, the creative duo moved to the seaside town where they built the two-story Reed House with a separate sunny garden studio, inspired by the area’s coastal architecture and landscape. It is now on sale through The Modern House.

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