Location: London, England
Price: £2,950,000 ($4.1 million)
We loved a good mews. For the uninitiated, they are, in short, townhouses converted from stables. This may sound less than glamorous, but take a gander at this northwest London residence converted from circa-1890 animals' quarters in the city's Belsize Park neighborhood by local designer Michael Nathenson.
Nathenson created a light-filled contemporary three-bedroom house, clocking in at a little over 2,800 square feet, by flipping the typical floorplan upside down—literally: Common areas occupy the upper level, where sunlight streams in via a canted window wall and five skylights, and the ground floor accommodates the en-suite master bedroom and the two additional bedrooms (each of which has its own shower).
The second-level, open-plan living room also features a soaring green wall, planted with ivy, an in-wall aquarium, and custom in-wall bookshelves galore. Though the house could use some punching up with more colorful furniture and art, the bones are great.
Stairs on the second floor lead up to a spacious roof deck, where there's an available line for a gas barbecue and, according to the listing, a hookup for speakers.
∙ Lancaster Stables [The Modern House]
∙ All Homes for Sale coverage [Curbed]