- — 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)
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.
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."
Modern Miami, Miami Beach FL (below)
For sale: $8,450,000
How about contemporary architecture and waterfront? Have it all in this 7,351 square foot Miami Beach home located on the shores of Surprise Lake. The glass home was updated in 2009 and includes an inifinity pool with lap lanes, hot tub and covered outdoor patios. Priced at $8.45 million, this home could be a good investment; median Miami Beach home values are rising 7.6 percent year-over-year.