Art Deco houses and Modernist flats still the most popular style of architecture in Poole, Dorset.

As we celebrate our 26th year of trading as property agents in Canford Cliffs, Poole, Berkeleys has witnessed many changing architectural trends. Today we see art deco and modernist styled homes continuing to draw the most interest and appreciation locally, probably very much the way they did in the 1920s and 1930s.

In our regular blogs, we have celebrated many different types of local architecture. From Tudor to Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau to New England and Edwardian to Victorian, the local area is home to a diverse and eclectic architectural heritage. Each original home has its own story to tell, as well as influencing and guiding the design of new homes today.

Thanks to a wealth of data and insights available via our Berkeleys digital marketing platforms, it didn’t take long to uncover the spikes in user preferences, for all things art deco and modernist. For example, our all time most popular blog is our ‘Art Deco weekend in Poole‘ blog. It features a gallery of wonderful art deco buildings located around Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks and you can still take the tour today!

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Our new homes for sale in Canford Cliffs listings tell a similar story, with homes featuring art deco & modernist architecture attracting a high number of clicks and attention from potential buyers. Is it the flat roofs, white fascias, the beautiful curved buildings, the glass bricks or the nautical references to fine 1930s cruise liners that win over so many hearts? This home for sale in Sandborne Road on the coast, encompasses art deco credentials, and is designed by award winning architect, David Wright.

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In 2012 we published our ‘Local History, Local Heritage’ Berkeleys book on Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks. We dedicated a whole chapter to the magnificent 1930s architecture of the area featuring images like the ones below. Our clients still tell how much they enjoy the book, presented to every home buyer and seller. A copy can also be found at Canford Cliffs library.

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We have A.J.Seal to thank for his visionary building design and iconic masterpieces of the 1920s. It’s probably time to write a new blog charting an architectural tour of the area, featuring newly built homes inspired by the era – there are indeed many to see and admire. New England style homes may be growing in popularity too, but art deco is our first love it seems.

 

 

 

 

 

Living On A Liner

The liner has become the new fashionable place to be this year. It’s easy to see how the appeal of a holiday on a grand liner can translate into the desire for everyday liner luxury living. The ocean liner evokes images of grand design, luxury lifestyle and the exhilarating freshness of sea breezes. Indeed, the Queen was in Southampton only this month to name the rather magnificent new P&O cruise liner, The Britannia

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The Britannia

Tom Dixon has just masterminded the new interiors of the Mondrian Hotel London located within Sea Containers House and opening this summer. This former 1970s hotel has been given a new lease of life with decor and design conjuring up images of sailing on a gigantic 1920s cruise liner. Even the roof has been remodelled to echo the lines of a grand ship. The ocean liner was a defining influence on the 1920s and 1930s art deco and modernist architects of the period. 

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The ocean liner has also had a defining influence on the shape and architectural character of homes in coastal Poole, Dorset. A J Seal, the 1930s creator of the significant modernist buildings Harbour Court (below) nearby Conning Tower and FJB’s Harbour Heights Hotel is one of the area’s most celebrated local architects – these homes were also mentioned by Pevsner as ‘a brave and enterprising group of Early Modern buildings.’

Harbour Court echoes the shape of a grand 1920s liner with its flat roof, roof-top sun lounge and ‘stern deck-like’ balconies.

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Berkeleys has just let the second floor apartment in Harbour Court. With sea glimpses, an expansive terrace for alfresco summer dining and close proximity to Sandbanks beaches, this is an ideal home for those searching for a long summer rental and regular weekend escapes to the coast. Priced at £1,295 per month (fee apply) it is probably a more affordable way to live in the spirit of a luxury cruise liner, and it can last a lot longer too.

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An Art Deco Weekend in Poole, Dorset

Napier, New Zealand and Miami celebrate Art Deco architecture every year with a weekend extravaganza. If Deco is your passion, and you are in England, then you need travel no further than Poole, Dorset, to find a host of original Art Deco buildings. Take our tour and fall in love with these heritage treasures.

Following the recent sale of this magnificent Art Deco home in Poole, Dorset, by Berkeleys, we were inspired to bring together these magnificent Art Deco buildings – a visual feast of authentic coastal architectural style.

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Lilliput in Poole has a number of original Art Deco homes close to Poole Harbour. There is a charming Art Deco apartment building in the area, with a typical curved, linear, white Art Deco facade. http://bit.ly/146QfUE

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Salterns Way in Lilliput harbours several Art Deco houses, most of which have been restored and enhanced to reflect their former glory. All embracing a nautical theme and making the most of their waterside location, you will see perfectly rounded windows in the shape of portholes, curved flat roofs and balconies, white-washed exteriors and curved wave-like walls.

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De Mauley Road, Canford Cliffs is another fine example of an Art Deco home, this one sympathetically extended in the same style, white-washed with sea-blue painted window frames. As a gentle breeze fans the palm trees in front of the house, Miami springs to mind.

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Travelling further around Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, head to Haven Road to see yet more 1930s buildings.

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Finally two more Art Deco destinations of note. Local bakery Bennetts, situated on the High Street in Poole town centre, has a wonderful Deco shop front.

Bennetts Bakery, PooleOn the Sandbanks peninsular, The Royal Motor Yacht Club is  fine example of an Art Deco style building, carefully nurtured and enjoyed by its members today.

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With the release of The Great Gatsby movie by Warner Bros. in May this year, popularity in the movement has grown and grown. http://bit.ly/15uO6jl Further afield, the Telegraph online has published a fabulous photo-library of world-famous Art Deco buildings including New York favourite the Chrysler Building and England’s very own Hoover Building in West London. You can see the full gallery here: http://bit.ly/Wpe302.

If you are visiting Poole, Dorset or if you are local, find a little time to take our Art Deco tour of the area, and celebrate these local architectural heritage assets. It’s always there to visit and it costs nothing to enjoy!