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Outstanding custom house in Croix (Lille)

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Just 10 minutes from Lille, this house was designed by the architect Richard Neutra on 7,000m² (1.7 acres) of grounds. It was originally commissioned in 1968 by a company director from the Nord region, and spans 400m² (4,306 sq ft) on two floors. The property was listed as a French Historical Monument in 2000.

The way it opens out onto the garden is a sign of the true potential of this property, where the emphasis inside is very much on transparency.

The rear façade is reflected in a mirror of water, whilst the broad entrance opens onto the nearly 1,400 sq ft living room, with a minimalist fireplace interconnecting the living room with the office. The adjoining master quarters comprise a walk-in wardrobe, a large bathroom and a large dual-aspect bedroom. Just like the living room, the bedroom also affords magnificent views of the grounds and the majestic trees that grow there.

On the western side of the property, meanwhile, a dining area with large bay windows can be found adjacent to the kitchen. Still on the ground floor, moving back towards the entrance, a space that would previously have been used by domestic staff now houses a bedroom with its own bathroom and independent access. An elegant staircase leads up to the first floor where you will find a TV lounge, along with a series of recesses and landings leading to a large bedroom to the left with en suite bathroom and three additional bedrooms to the right with magnificent views and a bathroom. A third mirror of water extends the views from one of the bedrooms.

The little extras: Large basement, complete with air-conditioned wine cellar. Garage with space for three cars.

The layout of the house is exceptionally modern for a building that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.