There are those of us that like our houses flowery, fun, and flamboyant: an exuberant expression of all things beautiful and bedazzled. At the other end of the spectrum, there are those of us that need our houses to be a blank canvas, a serene space that invites meditation and tranquility.
If you find yourself gravitating towards this mindful aesthetic, be at peace: here are four houses, the products of enlightened architectural minds, for your contemplation.
1. An Oasis of Calm in Beverly Hills
When searching for serenity, Beverly Hills, CA, may not be the first place that comes to mind. But this home (top and above) provides a 7,862 square foot oasis of calm in the big city, employing the finest craftsmanship and material to create a singular retreat. The residence was designed by Bob Ray Offenhauser, who utilized natural materials like cedar, red oak, bamboo, and black slate to craft and finish the space. Roof tiles from Osaka top the structure, while traditional Shoji screens divide the interior space. The half-acre grounds include an elaborate pavilion and tea/guest house and tennis courts, and if the $12.5 million price tag makes you lose your cool, don’t worry – you’re sure to regain it in the intricately landscaped bonsai garden.
2. Traditional Serenity In NorCal
Modeled after traditional 16th-century Japanese country homes, this 4,684 square foot home in the hills of Tiburon, CA, radiates a warm, vibrant energy. Five bedrooms and five baths are encompassed within the traditional architecture, which also houses the best in modern-day amenities, including a fully-equipped kitchen. The open plan of the home flows into the outdoor living areas, admitting ocean cross breezes and far-reaching views of the Great Pacific itself. The price of $6.9 million includes nearly an acre of landscaped gardens.
3. Timbered Sanctuary Among The Trees
The Puget Sound surrounds this home, which is sited on forested Bainbridge Island, WA. The 10,500 square foot residence was designed by local firm Miller Hull in compliance with the dictates of Feng Shui and with great consideration given to the magnificence of the home’s natural surroundings. The structure utilizes ethically harvested and recycled woods in its construction, and is outfitted with the best in security and automation systems. A 4,000 bottle wine cellar, landscaped gardens, and 374 feet of natural waterfront complete the 13 acre property, which is listed for $12.8 million.
4. Freedom In Freeland, WA
This tranquil 10.5 acre property combines an Asian aesthetic with the moody nature of the Pacific Northwest to create a unique contemporary residence with a vibe all its own. Designed to the highest standards of environmental stewardship, the property features a 4-bed, 6-bath main house, a guest house, and a barn, all set on 244 private feet of the edge of Holmes Harbor in Freeland, WA. The unfussy interiors of the main house are finished with hardwood floors and built-in shelving, and the grounds also include a fire pit and landscaped meditation garden. This naturally-insulated haven is listed at $1.7 million.
This article was originally published by Addy Cleverly on realtor.com.