1035 5th St, Boulder CO
For sale: $4,250,000

Glass walls are something most often found in a city setting, where the views capture skylines and concrete jungles. However, translucent walls are also perfect for the great outdoors, as proven by this modern home in Colorado.

Designed by New York architect Thomas Phifer, the Boulder home was constructed to blend into its spectacular setting at the edge of the plains and Flatirons.

“Thomas Phifer likes to absorb the natural world into his buildings, and their strategy is to draw nature indoors,” said listing agent Jane Stebbins of Goodacre Properties. “In the way they form their buildings, they bring the outside in, and they have a sense of pride in and an attachment to the land.”

The house is built on three levels with 11-foot ceilings throughout. The home has 4 bedrooms – two are currently arranged as offices – and 3 bathrooms. White and translucent walls reflect the shadows and light through the glass walls. A 12-by-15-foot retractable skylight on the top level continues the open feel of the house and the floors are a radiant-heated concrete.

A heated driveway at the approach of the home leads to an in-ground two-car garage. Rusted, iron clamshell garage doors ensure that the garage blends with its surroundings.

The home creates an interesting blend of modern and rustic features. The glass walls nearly blend into the landscape, yet the rust and stone of the garage create an earthen look.

“It’s hard to describe because it’s so interesting,” said Stebbins. “With the sunsets here and so many days of light, you couldn’t have built anything more beautiful.”


Erika Riggs, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work here

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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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