House hunting: 7 homes with gorgeous glass walls
Santa Barbara, California. This three-bedroom home at the end of a cul-de-sac was built in 1964 and renovated this year. Interior features include a kitchen with high-gloss cabinetry, a sliding walnut book case that opens to the master suite, and a wall of sliding glass in the great room with views of the Channel Islands.
A glass guest bedroom has a private entrance and a full bath. $2,895,000. Riskin Associates/Village Properties/Top Agent Network, (805) 565-8600.
Black Forest, Colorado. Lying on a 10-acre lot, this four-bedroom house was built in 1984. The outside of the home, named Ventanas for its more than 300 windows, is an arc with 340-degree views of the Front Range. Steel-beam-and-concrete construction allowed for an open-plan upper level.
Property features include a regulation tennis court and a glass summerhouse. $1,950,000. Wanda Ford and Doug Osinski, Fuller/Sotheby's International Realty, (720) 320-8901.
Bozeman, Montana. Set on 60 acres, Dos Marias ranch includes a three-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom guesthouse, and stables. The main house has two levels of glass walls, allowing for views of the Bridger Mountains and the Spanish Peaks.
Each home features a gourmet kitchen, a fireplace, and an audio system that extends to a patio. Mike Schlauch and Sally Uhlmann, PureWest/Christie's Real Estate, (406) 580-8380.
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New Canaan, Connecticut. Renowned architect Philip Johnson designed this three-bedroom house in 1954. Known as the Wiley Speculative House, the home was built as a prototype using post-and-beam construction and sheathed with plywood.
Each room contains floor-to-ceiling glass panel walls and doors, which look out on the 2.6-acre property. $1,475,000. Diane Jenkins, William Pitt/Sotheby's International Realty, (203) 803-5703.
Kerhonkson, New York. This model home sits in Hudson Woods, a development designed by architect Drew Lang. Each energy-efficient house includes three bedrooms, mahogany-framed windows, metal roofing, and a great room with a glass gable.
Upgrades can be added, such as a pool house, a guesthouse, a fourth bedroom, and a greenhouse. Starting at $665,000. Lang Architecture, (212) 233-9187.
Chicago, Illinois. This three-bedroom, brick-and-glass, midcentury modern home is the "Steal of the Week." It was built in 1951, and details include an open-floor plan, hardwood floors, a living room with a mahogany wood fireplace, a breakfast bar, and a first-floor guest bedroom.
The property features an attached heated garage and a fenced-in patio and backyard area. $319,900. Barbara O'Connor, Dream Town Realty, (773) 491-5631.
St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Built in 2006, this three-bedroom glass home features panoramic views of Cedar Lake and downtown Minneapolis. Details include two gourmet kitchens, hardwood and tile floors, an exercise room, and an outdoor fireplace.
A 75-foot walkway overlooks a swimming pool and a one-bedroom guesthouse. $4,500,000. Bruce Birkeland, Coldwell Banker Burnet, (612) 414-3957.