6 unique modern homes

It doesn't hurt to look!

A home in Santa Monica.
(Image credit: Courtesy Frank Langen, Deasey Penner Podley)

Amagansett, New York. This four-bedroom home in the sand dunes of Napeague was sustainably built in 2011 out of shipping containers. The house has certified white-oak floors, cypress siding, and cedar decking; an energy-efficient HVAC system; a chef’s kitchen; and ocean and harbor views.

Outside are a heated pool, an outdoor shower, and a roof deck, and the beach is four blocks away. $1,875,000. James Lancaster, Compass, (631) 680-7616.

Miami Beach. Built in 1954, this four-bedroom home was redesigned on an open plan in 2015, with Calacatta marble and limestone floors, an Italian kitchen, and a master suite with spa bathroom.

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The 12,000-square-foot property, set on the waterfront on Biscayne Point, is equipped with a Savant home automation system, security cameras, and a generator, and offers panoramic views of the bay and downtown. $5,499,000. Julian Johnston, Corcoran, (305) 502-3985.

Moab, Utah. Hidden Valley, a three-bedroom house built by Marmol Radziner in 2007, was designed to blend indoors and outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows, glass sliding doors, and expansive decking.

The 44-acre property, surrounded by Bureau of Land Management holdings, features a pool, drought-tolerant landscaping, a covered alfresco living area, and views of red-rock boulders and snowcapped mountains. $1,995,000. Lars Carlson, LIV/Sotheby’s International Realty, (970) 729-0160.

Bountiful, Utah. Set on a wooded lot on the banks of Barton Creek, this four-bedroom brick home comes with a detached steel cantilevered deck over the water as well as a flagstone patio.

Interior details include 30-foot ceilings, sliding glass doors, a chef’s kitchen, a glass suspended staircase, a glass balcony, an alcove with built-in bookshelves, and an indoor pool. $1,450,000. Leigh Anne Bernal, City Home Collective, (801) 244-7255.

Santa Monica, California. This sculptural steel, glass, and concrete home was built in 2008. The four-bedroom house features exposed metal beams, glass doors framed in mahogany, walnut floors, and Venetian plaster walls; a steel-framed glass bridge connects the front and back.

The Santa Monica Canyon lot includes native landscaping and a pool bordered by tall bamboo. $7,450,000. Frank Langen, Deasey Penner Podley, (310) 963-3891.

Lavaca, Texas. Built by award-winning architect Candid Rogers, this two-bedroom, Scandinavian-inspired home stands in the town’s historic district, close to restaurants and parks. The house has casement windows, a study with built-ins, a kitchen with custom cabinets and mobile island, and a master bedroom with high ceilings.

Outside are a xeriscaped yard, requiring little to no watering, and a small covered porch. $415,000. Shail Patel, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, (210) 454-2904.

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