A Glass House Philip Johnson Would Love

In the snow, ‘it feels like we’re floating on this white sea.’

In the heart of 12.7 acres in New York’s Hudson Valley sits a see-through dwelling inspired by Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.

Elegant as it is, the home isn’t exactly simple.

“Whatever time of day you approach … the house presents itself as multiple layers that dissolve into the site and one another,” reads the listing for the $1.95 million home.

The intrigue continues indoors: When the 14-foot-wide doors on the two bedrooms are slid open, “the rooms appear across the courtyard as stage sets, or dioramas,” said Philip Gefter, a former page-one photo editor for The New York Times. He built the house in 2004 with his partner, Richard Press, an architecture major and director of the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York.”

When the bedroom doors are closed, they reveal a wide bookcase.

Despite the brutal East Coast winter, Gefter said radiant heat has kept the home at 70 degrees, and with all the snow, “it feels like we’re floating on this white sea.”

Coming from New York City, they did have to adjust to the lack of curtains. There are tracks for hanging some, but Gefter and Press prefer the in-nature feel — and no one has intruded.

“Most people don’t even know the house is here,” Gefter said.

The home is listed by Jen Harvey, Russ Stein and Tim Lovett of Berkshire Property Agents.

Photos by Jen Harvey. Published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.

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Glass House in Missoula

The owner often sees red-tailed hawks, blue herons and bald eagles from inside this long, thin home with views in all directions.

More than once, Stuart Goldberg has jumped up from dinner to grab his fly-fishing rod and run out the door.

From his table, he can see the fish rising, and because he installed a 9-foot door to allow for the smooth egress of fly rods, he’s able to race down to the river on short notice.

Missoula, MT  is “A River Runs Through It” territory, something Goldberg and his wife, Mindy, took seriously in building a glass house from which they’re regularly enthralled by all sorts of natural phenomena. They’re within the city limits — two miles from Big Sky High School and a grocery store, able to have sushi delivered to their door — but with an outdoorsy lifestyle.

“It’s the house that wants you to look outside,” Goldberg says. “It makes me pause when I walk down the hallway and get a glimpse of sunlight off the river or see red-tailed hawks or catch sight of resident blue herons feeding down on the river bottom.”

The Goldbergs have listed the house for $6.5 million, which includes 71 acres, plus 50-percent interest in 78 acres next door.

The long, thin home has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, with views of the Bitterroot River, national forests and recreation areas.

Whitetail deer regularly give birth to fawns within 50 feet of the house, because they know coyotes and other predators will not come that close.

“I have a photo of a bald eagle that dropped a fish on my driveway, then sat on a tree for four or five hours figuring out how to pick up the fish without running into my car. I moved the car, and he picked up the fish and flew away,” Goldberg recalls.

He and his wife built the home in 2011 on the site of an old dairy founded by Michael McCauley, an early settler of the area who convinced the military to build Fort Missoula nearby. The fort became an internment camp during World War II, and today it’s a historical museum.

Goldberg bought the property after seeing it with a real estate agent who took him and his business partner to the top of nearby McCauley Butte to show them what an incredible view a house would have from there. “We drove down the mountain and said, ‘We can’t let that happen,’” he says.

He, his business partner and a business owned by Goldberg and his father bought the property and an adjoining 140 acres. They developed 19 acres of it to raise enough money to put the remaining acreage into conservation. Only two homes are allowed to be built on the property, including the glass house. The rest of the property is now being sold separately.

Because of the land’s conservation status and the protected national lands around it, Goldberg says, “you could get on a horse outside the front door of our property and ride the horse across the river — which you can do at some times of the year — and basically ride that horse through public land until you got to Oregon.”

The listing agent is Keith Lenard of Hall & Hall Partners.

This article was published by Melissa Allison on Zillow Blog.

Ed Niles’ Henman House Serves Up Sublime Malibu Views

Set atop a large promontory in Malibu Canyon, CA, this chromed-out boxcar design by architect Ed Niles serves up views of the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond.
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Known as the Henman House, the glass-and-steel masterpiece has become somewhat of an architectural icon in Malibu over the years, making cameo appearances in various films and television shows—with its celebrity status extending as far as a Britney Spears’ music video.
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Built in 1993, the distinctive structure lives up to its pop-star status with a 5,904-square-foot floor plan that features open spaces, soaring glass and polished modern interiors.
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In addition to the rows of windows in its outside walls, the Henman House’s sunlit spaces are brightened by uniquely designed skylights that run through the center of the home.
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Amenities befitting rock star royalty include an underground studio, two-sided fireplaces, and an underground garage.
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Outside, the luxury experience extends to a large guest house, a private helipad and a lap pool pointing out toward the coast.
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The home last changed hands in 2003 for just $3.5 million, according to Curbed. However, you will need a bit more than that now, if you’re interested. After hitting the market in May 2013 for $7.995 million, the Henman House has seen an uptick in price of nearly $1.2 million. Malibu’s architectural wonder currently lists for $9.2 million.
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Marc Silver of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. To see the original article and more photos, click here.

Curvy Glass House by Ed Niles

Topping a half-acre promontory on Loma Linda Drive is this curving glass-and-steel contemporary, which mesmerizes with a see-through circular design and jetliner views of Beverly Hills.

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The unique modern home is the work of modernist Malibu architect Ed Niles, who knows a thing or two when it comes to combining prime vantage points with architectural gems (see: The Henman House).

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The Beverly Hills house, built in 2009, frames walls of blue glass in ribbed steel to create the home’s foundation while encompassing a central courtyard and infinity pool. The six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath example of architecture boasts a whopping 7,500 square feet, an elevator, views from every room and parking for six.

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Niles’ architectural gem previously came to market in 2010 for $11.9 million. However, in a sign that the luxury real estate market is well on its way to recovery, the modern home with architectural pedigree now asks a cool $14.995 million.
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Tamar Youssefian of Coldwell Banker California Moves has the listing.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on Realtor.com. For more photos and the article source, click here.

Glass House on Boulders in Colorado

Conventional wisdom says that homes are generally better served when they are built on flat land, away from jutting rock formations – even more so when said home is made of glass.

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However, conventional wisdom was shown the door in Boulder, Colo., where a contemporary glass box was built into the rocky landscape.

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The shimmering design you see before your eyes is not a mirage, but a product of Thomas Phifer. We’ve been big fans of the New York-based architect ever since his modern glass-and-steel compound known as the “Taghkanic House“ popped up on the radar last year. Much like that Hudson Valley contemporary, Phifer’s latest offering beautifully blends a striking modern construct into its natural surroundings, in this particular case the jutting rock face of a Boulder hillside.

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As one can imagine, light-filled interiors take center stage within the 2008 build and are accentuated by 11-foot ceilings, translucent etched-glass walls and a massive, retractable skylight on the top floor.

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The 5,026-square-foot home also provides an energy efficient state of living with geothermal heating and cooling, radiant-heat floors and passive solar.

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Beyond its sunlit sitting areas and a vantage point that offers 360-degree views of mountainscapes, Denver and points beyond, the architectural trophy manages to burrow its way into our attention a bit further with a subterranean garage. Offering two bedrooms and three bathrooms, the glass house in Boulder currently lists for $4.25 million.

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Jane Stebbins of Good Acre Properties has the listing.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on Realtor.com. To see more photos and the article source, click here.

Can’t Stop Looking at This Glass-Bottomed Pool

A dip in the pool may be the last thing on many of your minds, especially for those of you residing in colder climates, but we couldn’t help but share this sleek contemporary in Olde Del Mar, Calif.

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Found atop a prime vista lot overlooking the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego, the trophy property boasts a world of luxury and one of the more unique home features money can buy: a glass-bottomed pool that doubles as a skylight. Yes, for the tidy sum of $6.75 million, you can swim in this vanishing-edge pool and window bomb your housemates or guests.

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Beyond its fancy aqua portal, which lends the interior spaces a submarine-like hue, the 5,500-square-foot custom-built residence offers a mélange of modern-day technologies in an elemental stone, wood and metal package. A European-style kitchen features high-end appliances, custom walnut cabinetry and ocean views, and the living room and dining room feature a full-service bar.

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In terms of sleeping arrangements, the master suite, one of five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, comes well-appointed with dual vanities, a large walk-in dressing room and a spa-like bath and shower. Downstairs, a game and media room has its own refreshment bar and the skylight view of that swimming pool above.

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Linda Sansone of Linda Sansone & Associates is the listing agent.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. See more photos and the original article here.