Modernist architecture is a thing of beauty. Its “less is more” minimalist approach to materials and design has stood the test of time to reemerge as one of the most in-demand styles of today’s homeowners. Each one of these five modern-style luxury properties showcases the brilliant aesthetic concepts that gave modernism its enduring appeal.
1 of 5 | Napa "Petal House"
Some homes hold a prestigious place in Napa's architectural lore. This exceptional "Petal House," designed by renowned California architect Walter Thomas Brooks for the Barr Family in 1960, is one of them. A single-story modern masterpiece of redwood and glass surrounded by views of the valley, mountains and the warm lights of downtown Napa, the Petal House is a sun-lit paradise for those looking for the ultimate Wine Country experience with a singularly unique twist. It is a home of immaculate taste, and calls to those who demand nothing less than perfection.
$1,698,000 | Napa, CA | View Listing
2 of 5 | SCDA Architects New York City Penthouse
As meticulously designed a living space as you'll ever see, this grandiose Chelsea penthouse - without question the crowning achievement at the Soori High Line Residences - is 2,708 square feet of sunshine, glass walls, soaring ceilings and world class designer finishes. The views will take your breath away - unobstructed lines of sight to the river and city through every corner of the home, perhaps best enjoyed with a quiet evening on the private rooftop oasis, where a heated pool and romantic terrace awaits.
$15,100,000 | New York, NY | View Listing
3 of 5 | Montecito Masterwork
Mention the name Barbara Bestor in California and you'll instantly have the attention of architecture lovers. That's because Bestor is one of the state's most famous designers, a visionary of masterful shapes that never lose their sense of inviting playfulness. Look no further than this modern gem hidden on 160 acres of unspoiled wilderness in Montecito, offering unparalleled views of the ocean, islands and mountainsides from its custom sliding glass walls. Any homeowner who treasures aesthetics and fluid boundaries between indoor/outdoor space will feel right at home here.
$8,500,000 | Montecito, CA | View Listing
4 of 5 | Santa Fe Contemporary Masterpiece
The result of an extraordinary collaboration between master architects Alexander Gorlin and Brendan Cotter, this magnificent, all white hilltop estate in Santa Fe revels in majestic, panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristos, Jemez, Ortiz and Cerrillos mountain ranges. All are visible through the abundant, oversized windows in the three luxurious bedroom suites, the spacious, high-ceilinged living room and expansive deck. This is true New Mexico style; an architectural treasure of precise landscaping and bountiful gardens accented by a brilliant pink wall a la Luis Barragan.
$3,900,000 | Santa Fe, NM | View Listing
5 of 5 | Charles Gwathmey's Seddeca Hamptons House
Set atop the highest point of a private 2.82-acre estate in East Hampton, this tapestry of glass and slate has rightfully been described as a "living sculpture." The first commissioned work by Charles Gwathmey, star architect and one of the famous New York Five, the two bedroom modernist Sedacca House was shaped into being as one with its surroundings. From its stucco chimney to its spiral staircase to its marble dining table, the vintage, meticulously maintained home makes an immediate and lasting statement to all those who lay eyes upon it.