I have long been drawn to the statement-making architecture of modern homes. February marks modern homes month at Sotheby’s International Realty®, which means the time has come to focus on clean lines and open layouts. Birthed from the International Style of architecture that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, modern homes typically display long stretches of glass, a connection between in-and-outdoor spaces, shallow-pitched or flat roofs, and a sparing use of ornamentation. Below, I have curated a collection of extraordinary modern homes from around the Sotheby’s International Realty network, from the east coast to the west, Croatia and Dubai.
East Hampton, New York
Situated upon 1.03 pristine acres in East Hampton’s Northwest, this modern home evokes the spirit of living in a treehouse, looking out over a private reserve from a wall of over-sized windows. The 4,500 square feet of living space includes four ensuite bedrooms, two additional full baths, and a fabulous open plan with high ceilings and lots of glass, bringing in the beauty of the changing seasons. The cladding is simple yet effective, juxtaposing nicely against the manicured hedges and natural landscape.
Murter, Šibenik-Knin, Croatia
This modern and luxurious villa with a swimming pool was designed by respected architectural firm, Dva arhitekta. It is located on the island of Murter and with its creative design and ambience, the villa blends perfectly with the authentic, stone-paved streets, the small and simple houses, and stone walls covered with vines and climbing plants. The entire main floor affords views of the lush longitudal garden, which transforms the space into an idyllic place for relaxation.
Pacific Palisades, California
This stunning architectural masterpiece is an entertainer’s dream home with 6 large ensuite bedrooms, an open floor plan, and seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. A neutral color palette, French White Oak wood floors, vaulted ceilings, cove lighting and a floating staircase lend themselves to a modernistic feel set amidst a backdrop of panoramic ocean and mountain views. Embrace a premier location, just a few blocks from Caruso’s new Palisades Village.
Casa Del Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Costa Mar is an extraordinary mansion overlooking the turquoise blue of the Caribbean Sea and the picturesque Teeth of the Dog golf course. Flanked on all sides by palm trees and endless vistas, Costa Mar is situated on a unique home site with an impressive 15,400 square feet of top-quality construction including outdoor areas. Costa Mar is a world without limits; water features, the grand foyer, vaulted artisanal ceilings, the Caribbean Sea and nature simultaneously combine to move mind and spirit.
Designed by renowned One Architects, this four bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is the most centrally located property in the town of Telluride—just one block to the gondola and Telluride’s Main Street. Set high above Pacific Avenue, the home affords privacy, excellent solar exposure, and a classic yet modern and comfortable ambience. Enjoy Ajax views from the gracious deck of this east-and-south-facing single-family home.
One Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Welcome to One Palm, a limited collection of 90 ultra-exclusive homes designed for a life lived in uncompromising abundance. This extravagant apartment offers a sleek and modern design, with panoramic views of the Dubai skyline and beachfront at Palm Jumeirah. Encompassing 3,350 square feet and three bedrooms, the home is more than a residence, it is life above it all. A luxurious suite of amenities includes a Jacuzzi and infinity pool, a gym and spa, VIP lounge, private jetty and cinema.