Our area has a wealth of beautiful old properties, but not that many high-end contemporary ones. The ones we do have, though, really do tend to be a bit special.
Since its beginnings in the 1920s and 30s, modern architecture’s guiding ethos has been that form should follow function – in other words, that the shape of a building should be dictated by its practical use.
As a result, it tends to eschew decoration and emphasise space and light. In short, it’s shaped to modern life.
The following four properties are all fine examples of top-notch contemporary residences, and are all currently for sale in our area.
In Scarcroft, 17 Bracken Park (main photo, above) is described by the agent as “perhaps the most outstanding example in Yorkshire” of “a breath-taking individual home that represents the best of 21st-century design and technology”.
The 6,200 sq ft property is lofty, glass-filled and has a wide sun terrace with exceptional views towards North Yorkshire.
On the lower ground floor, there’s a fully-equipped cinema room, music room and games room, which could make an ideal self-contained annexe. A bespoke, whole-house AMX electronics system masterminds the day-to-day workings of the house.
Durley House (below) is a detached family home on Knaresborough’s exclusive Lands Lane.
It has been extended and re-designed by the current owners and now has nearly 5,000 sq ft of accommodation, including up to six bedrooms.
There is luxury here too, such as the marble floors and the glass display cabinets in the music room, but perhaps the main attraction is the huge split-level cinema room, which could also be used for any number of other uses.
There’s also a double garage, and the acre of gardens include a timber-built office or summerhouse.
Deodar (top photo) is tucked away on the fringe of Linton in Lower Wharfedale. Over the past year, it has been extended and converted to include underfloor heating and automatic lighting, and now extends to almost 6,000 sq ft.
There are up to six bedrooms, and the lower ground floor has a large, versatile living room that opens onto a sun terrace and the back garden.
Outside, there’s a three-car garage and large gardens adjoining open countryside.
Finally, Wharfe Villa (left) in Collingham has only just been completed, and boasts the latest in modern architecture, featuring ecologically-sustainable building materials, under-floor heating and a Lutron lighting system.
There’s a huge open-plan living kitchen, one side of which is dominated by glass doors that open onto the terrace overlooking the gardens.
The five-bedroom house has ample private parking and an integral double garage, as well as large gardens with boating and fishing rights on the River Wharfe.
One of its best assets, though, is its spectacular views across the valley directly towards the Wood Hall country house hotel.