Great contemporary homes: The Atrium, Regent?s Park, NW1

Discover some of the best contemporary homes for sale in Britain and abroad

Set directly opposite Regent's Park, The Atrium is billed as St John's Wood's response to One Hyde Park. The spectacular penthouse B stretches across the sixth and seventh floors and enjoys breathtaking views of the park and the canal towards Primrose Hill. The glorious interiors rival with the panorama - especially the living room with its stunning open fire. Aston Chase (opens in new tab). For more great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Gan Aden, 31 Albion Place, Castle Rock, Colorado, USA

Gan Aden, 31 Albion Place, Castle Rock, Colorado, USA

Gan Aden was named Home of the Year for 2012 by Colorado Homes & Lifestyle magazine and it's easy to see why. Set in landscaped gardens with teahouse and koi pond, and bordered by a reflection pool with waterfall, this clean-lined house is all about creating a seamless flow between the stylish interiors and the outdoors. The organic design makes ample use of natural materials without compromising on luxury. Christie's International Real Estate (opens in new tab). For more great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

49 Belgrave Mews North, London SW1

49 Belgrave Mews North, London SW1

Traditional mews architecture meets contemporary interiors at this stunning Belgravia home. The three-bedroom Victorian property has been completely reconfigured by property developer Landmass to make the most of light and space, and now has stylish, cutting-edge interiors with glass flooring, custom-made fireplaces and a dramatic water feature. Belgrave Mews North is shortlisted for the Best Residential Property Award 2014. Landmass (opens in new tab). For more great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Skywood, Budleigh Salterton, East Devon

Skywood, Budleigh Salterton, East Devon

Designed by an architect, this striking property makes the most of its hillside setting. Airy, light-flooded interiors complement the streamlined facade of Purbeck stone and red cedar - the sitting room in particular has full-length bi-fold windows opening onto a terrace with frameless glass balustrading, which takes in long leafy views of the Devon countryside. Knight Frank (opens in new tab). For this and other great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab)

Zuma, Lagonissi, Greece

Zuma, Lagonissi, Greece

Situated off a beautiful beach, this dramatic home reinterprets whitewashed Greek architecture in a contemporary key. Full-height windows and doors frame long views across the pool to the sea, while the the interiors mirror the house's minimalist structure - the Poliform Varenna kitchen with Gaggenau appliances is a masterpiece. Christie's International Real Estate (opens in new tab). For more great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Hyperion Penthouse, Queen'S Court, London NW8

Hyperion Penthouse, Queen'S Court, London NW8

Stretched across the sixth and seventh floors of Queen's Court, the Hyperion penthouse affords breathtaking views of central London - and it has been carefully designed to make the most of them. On the top floor, the lavish interiors feature open-plan living spaces with vast expanses of glazing and access to large terraces to enjoy the vista. Downstairs, the huge master bedroom is a luxurious haven and the bathroom is a masterpiece. Aston Chase (opens in new tab) and Savills. For more great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

29 New Road, Esher, Surrey

29 New Road, Esher, Surrey

Understated elegance is the byword at this cutting-edge property in the heart of Esher. Robin Crane of Crane Associates combined glass and timber to create an airy, harmonious home. All the garden-facing rooms have full-height sliding doors, including the stunning kitchen with stone worktops and cutting edge appliances. Upstairs, the master bedroom opens onto a pretty balcony and outside, the landscaped gardens have a peaceful Japanese area. Knight Frank (opens in new tab). For this and other great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The views across a nature reserve up to the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer and and down towards Rio de Janeiro's famed beaches are reason enough to covet this contemporary house, but the sleek modern design by architect Ruy Rezende add to the charm. Huge windows bring the outdoors in and stylish contemporary interiors complement the building's clean lines. To top it all off, the house comes with a 506 sq ft infinity edge pool and terrace with water mirror overlooking the Jardim Botânico. Christie's International Real Estate (opens in new tab). For more great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

406 Fitzrovia Apartments, Bolsover Street, London W1

406 Fitzrovia Apartments, Bolsover Street, London W1

Contemporary sculptures, a magnificent front desk carved from a huge granite slab and full-height woodland photographs shot by artist and photographer Peter Lavery set the luxurious tone at this contemporary block of flats in the heart of W1. The three-bedroom duplex on the third and fourth floors is particularly attractive, with its vast open-plan reception room and kitchen, and four balconies. Druce (opens in new tab). For more great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Laguna, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset

Laguna, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset

Designed in sleek contemporary style by Terence O'Rourke, Laguna takes advantage of its magnificent waterside setting. All the main rooms enjoy dramatic views across the Blue Lagoon towards Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island with the Purbeck Hills beyond. The large open plan sitting/kitchen/dining area in particular opens onto a south-facing patio and the rear garden, which stretches down to the Blue Lagoon. But there's more to Laguna than the views - the stunning interiors feature a sinuous staircase, a glass atrium and amazing bathrooms. Savills (opens in new tab). For this and other great properties, visit the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Carla Passino is a multimedia journalist with more than seventeen years’ experience in national and international media.


Carla's primary areas of interest are political, economic and housing trends in global cities. Much of my time is spent writing about the world’s prime property markets and the factors that affect it, covering fiscal, legal, political and financial issues linked to home ownership, and reporting on major shifts in British, European and international housing. Over the years, Carla has written about culture, education, interiors, farming, travel, food, wine and more.