In the decades since Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson introduced the world to their groundbreaking designs, contemporary architects have popularized and refined the glass-walled home. From a dramatic West Coast ocean bluff masterpiece to a rarefied Manhattan residence with views of Central Park, these modern homes blend the lines between the indoors and outdoors with sleek glass walls.
1 of 7 | New York City
Occupying a full floor of the enviable One57 Building in Manhattan, this spectacular 6,240-square-foot residence is enveloped by floor-to-ceiling walls of windows. From the dramatic great room, with its multiple sitting areas and bar, to the corner media room, the stylish kitchen, and the luxurious master suite, it is suffused with a full panorama of the city skyline, including Central Park, the East and Hudson Rivers, and the Statue of Liberty.
$70,000,000 | 157 West 57th Street, Fl 85, New York, NY 10019| VIEW LISTING
2 of 7 | St. Helena
At the heart of this peerless estate in the hills of Napa Valley is a 6,500-square-foot contemporary residence known as Whitehall, where soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass create a dynamic relationship and harmony with the landscape—in this case a 20-acre property, of which 13.5 acres are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc vines. The chic interiors are elegantly linked with alfresco living, dining, and entertaining areas, including a sun-drenched infinity-edge pool.
$42,000,000 | 1561 S Whitehall Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574 | VIEW LISTING
3 of 7 | Carpinteria
Expanses of retractable glass “disappear” into the walls of this striking contemporary estate on a dramatic perch in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Designed by award-winning architect Andy Neumann, it includes a 6,000-square-foot residence, a guesthouse, and a poolside cabaña, each a celebration of space, light, and views. A virtual continuity exists between the interiors and the sweeping vistas: the soothing minimalist modern design grounds the home in its setting, allowing unparalleled panoramas to become the focal point.
$19,500,000 | Carpinteria, CA 93013 | VIEW LISTING
4 of 7 | Carmel
The work of revered architect Wallace E. Cunningham, this one-of-a-kind 2,667-square-foot residence overlooking the rocky coast of Carmel resembles a butterfly in its dynamic, organic design. Glass walls and panels of stainless steel create its unique and powerful profile, and in a continuation of Cunningham’s career-long pursuit of structures that interact with their landscapes, it enjoys uninterrupted views of the dazzling terrain and the ocean.
$11,900,000 | 243 Highway 1, Carmel, CA 93923 | VIEW LISTING
5 of 7 | Santa Fe
Enviable location, impeccable modern design, and breathtaking views meet in this singular home perched on a 50-acre hilltop in Santa Fe. The four-bedroom, 3,353-square-foot retreat is filled with relaxed and relaxing spaces—chief among them an open living room, dining room, and kitchen. Each is thoughtfully placed and embraced by vast window walls designed for appreciation of multiple mountain ranges, the rugged rolling terrain of New Mexico, stunning sunsets, and starry nighttime skies.
$3,250,000 | 33 Camino Montuoso Santa Fe, NM 87506 | VIEW LISTING
6 of 7 | Los Angeles
An alluring swimming pool, a relaxing spa, a stylish patio with two alfresco fire pits, and lush verdant surroundings conjure the ambience of a true private retreat at this timeless three-bedroom haven in Beverly Hills. Dating to 1952, it retains its Midcentury bones, with floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood windows and glass doors that open the interiors—including an Italian designer kitchen and living spaces with wide-plank reclaimed hardwood floors—to the outdoors, focusing attention on the serene environs.
$2,899,000 | 2640 Hutton Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 | VIEW LISTING
7 of 7 | San Francisco
Striking views of the San Francisco Bay and iconic AT&T Park are a hallmark of this chic two-bedroom urban home, occupying a top corner of the desirable Glassworks Building. Ceilings soaring to 20 feet, an open floor plan, and walls of north- and east-facing windows fill the two-story home with glorious light, which further accentuates its eye-catchingly clean contemporary lines, the result of a recent renovation.