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Some people have a thing for old-style houses — brick Tudors or shingled Colonials. Others gravitate toward a 1930s era-Craftsman. All of these styles deliver a little warmth and historic pageantry to home design that can tug at the heart or stir our archetypal yearnings.

Then are those who like homes that appeal to a more linear and intellectual aesthetic. This may represent a smaller group of buyers, according to real estate agents, but smaller also means more dedicated. For them, it’s all sleek lines, glass walls and sharp angles of a modern home.

While some of the more famous modern houses, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, aren’t on the market, there are plenty of gems ready for aficionados whose taste in homes is straightforward and singularly modern.

Venice Beach Sculpture, Venice CA (below)
For sale:$2,395,000

Described as a “complex sculptural form interwoven with the apparatus of living,” the Venice residence for sale was built by Austrian design team Coop Himmelblau in 2001 and was remodeled by the owner in 2004. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is constructed from steel, glass and concrete with an open floor plan and plenty of light. Located only steps to the beach, the house also features a large roof deck with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Wissioming Residence, Bethesda MD (below)
For sale: $6,999,000

Set into the side of the hill above the Potomac River, this house was built by Robert M. Gurney in 2009, occupying the footprint of the previous home. Designed to connect with the picturesque landscape, the Bethesda home interiors are minimal and include white terrazzo flooring, white oak cabinetry and aluminum details. The home features a separate office, 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

Canyon Contemporary, Salt Lake City UT (below)
For sale: $1,000,000

Built in 1995, the home was completely remodeled before it was listed for sale in Salt Lake City. Perched above the city, the 5,592-square-foot home has 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and several canyon-view decks. Featuring an open floor plan and high ceilings, the house has new radiant heat flooring, new plumbing and an updated kitchen.

The Lake House, Crystal Bay NV (below)
For sale: $43 million

One of the priciest Nevada real estate listings, this architectural tour de force sits above Lake Tahoe and was “engineered to maximize views.” The 4-bedroom, 4-bath home has a whopping 8,694 square feet of living space, six-story glass elevator, hidden garden rooms and 98 feet of lake frontage.

The Glass Pavilion, Montecito CA (below)
For sale: $19,995,000

It’s not a list of modern homes for sale without a house with nearly all glass walls. This Montecito home was dubbed “The Glass Pavilion” by Los Angeles architect Steve Hermann, who is the owner and designer of the sleek beauty. Despite the home’s glass walls (even in the bathroom) the place has relative privacy, located on 3.5 lush acres. Other amenities include a thousand-bottle capacity wine room and art gallery.

Floating Beachfront, Laguna Beach CA (below)
For sale: $9,995,000

Seemingly floating above the beaches of Southern Calif., this Laguna Beach home for sale features varying levels and glass walls for optimum views. Built in 2004, the home is accessible from a private entrance subterranean garage with hydraulic car lift. Each of the three bedrooms are en-suite and the master suite occupies the full top-floor of the home.

The Barcelona Modern, Austin TX (below)
For sale: $875,000

Boxy, without boxing you in, this smooth white residence was designed to be a piece of art. Proof is in the minimalist details for this Austin house for sale: Round windows, chevron-patterned hardwood floors and an onyx-tiled master bath with a one-of-a-kind round, glass tub. Built by Spaller Glover Design Build, the home is located in Austin’s trendy SoCo neighborhood.

Art and Surf, Montauk NY (below)
For sale: $9,950,000

This Montauk home for sale embraces the outdoors with sliding glass walls that open to the ocean-side pool and spa and the stairs leading to a private beach. That’s pretty nice, since the Atlantic Ocean waters offer up some of the best surfing east of the Mississippi. Four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 4,585 square feet of living space round out the rest of this streamlined estate.

 

House of Light, Chicago IL (below)
For sale: $2,950,000

It could also be called the “House of Stairs.” Designed by Chicago architect Larry Booth, the home was built in 1983 and is on the Chicago real estate market for the first time in two decades. The limestone and granite home is centered around a light-filled atrium that includes several flights of stairs and windows. The 5,000-square-foot home has 3 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms.

Arizona Angles, Paradise Valley, AZ (below)
For sale: $4,998,500

Dramatic angles and finishes make this a commanding contemporary home for sale in Paradise Valley. Featuring two master suites, a billiard and game room with wet bar and neon lights, movie theater and outdoor living areas, the house is well worth its hefty price tag. In a few months the place will also be getting a few minutes of fame; according to the listing, the home will be featured on HGTV’s “Holiday Decorating From the Stars.”

 

 

 

About the Author

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

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