Maximum Exposure: Seven Light-Filled Homes

These sleek modern homes take advantage of plentiful windows or full walls of glass to maximize natural illumination and make the most of their settings, from a dramatic L.A. hill to an oasis of preserved greenery in the Hamptons.

Sleek Sophistication in East Hampton

The glass walls of this striking 5,000-square-foot East Hampton home blur the lines between indoors and out, filling the interiors—a spacious great room, a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, five bedrooms, and a media room—with glorious light. Indoor-outdoor living is easy thanks to the manicured backyard oasis, which includes a heated 40-foot pool with a waterfall, a gas fireplace, and a built-in Viking grill. The quiet tree-lined street is minutes from Main Street.

Offered at: $2,900,000
Location: 31 Palma Terrace, East Hampton, NY 11937
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Tiburon’s Modern Masterpiece

Adjoining acres of lush open space and accented by tasteful landscaping, this approximately 6,000-square-foot architectural tour de force was constructed with impeccable attention to details and only the finest materials. Exemplifying seamless, fluid living and filled with the Bay Area’s unique natural light, it is augmented by roughly 4,000 square feet of terraces, a pool, and a spa, which expand the options for sophisticated living to the outdoors, where the breathtaking views can be appreciated en plein air.

Offered at: $15,950,000
Location: Tiburon, CA 94920
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Glass-and-Steel Tour de Force

Architect Juan A. Figueroa and structural engineer Jeff Smilow joined forces to create this streamlined steel-framed home, where the open 5,000-square-foot floor plan is enclosed in glass. Every room—including the two master suites and their stone and quartz baths—has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the scenic surrounding landscape—nearly two acres of open space, an impressive outdoor area with a heated saltwater pool and spa, and a neighboring 20-acre nature reserve.

Offered at: $3,999,000
Location: 145 Neck Path, East Hampton, NY 11937
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Banta House’s Personal Residence


Esteemed architect Richard Banta designed this distinctive hillside home in 1959 as his personal residence, imbuing the spaces between its bright-red stilts and signature pleated roofline with iconic Midcentury Modern style. Throughout, expanses of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass fill the striking spaces—from the great room and the stylish kitchen to the four serene bedrooms—with sunlight and views of the city and canyon.

Offered at: $3,200,000
Location: 2081 Sunset Plaza Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069
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Spectacular Houston Penthouse

Rich finishes combine with sleek lines, soaring ceilings, and expanses of glass in this 7,959-square-foot penthouse residence, which occupies the top two floors of Houston’s Cosmopolitan building. Sweeping panoramas and brilliant light are its hallmarks. Further contributing to the sense of modern luxury are a glass wine vault, chef’s and catering kitchens, a party and game room, a wet bar, a sauna, a sky deck, a private spa, and a Crestron home-automation system.

Offered at: $5,950,000
Location: 1600 Post Oak Boulevard, Unit 2200, Houston, TX 77056
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Contemporary Wine Country Compound

This gated 5.5-acre wine country compound comprises two state-of-the-art residences featuring extraordinary green design and expanses of glass that admit enviable views and light. Highlights of both homes include kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances, living and entertaining spaces with soaring ceilings, bedrooms with indulgent baths, smart-home technology, and luxurious modern amenities. The heated saltwater pool is adjoined by a spacious pool house with a recreation studio, a fireplace, a sauna, and an outdoor kitchen.

Offered at: $7,200,000
Location: 1291 Felder Road, Sonoma, CA 95476
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Airy Los Angeles Aerie

Seeming to float above Los Angeles, this stunning 6,680-square-foot Laughlin Park home is a light-filled aerie with walls of disappearing glass affording nearly uninterrupted views. Airy contemporary architecture and crisp clean lines unite in distinctive spaces perfect for entertaining and luxurious private relaxation: a dramatic double-height living room, a home theater, a gourmet kitchen, a recording studio, a gym, six bedrooms—including an upper-level master suite—lavish baths, and a unique indoor-outdoor pool. Decks soar above the city, offering sweeping skyline vistas.

Offered at: $5,878,000
Location: 1961 De Mille Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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