Clear Winners: Glittering Glass Houses for Sale

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By Emily Heffter

Dramatic walls and windows made of glass can give a home a never-ending, open feeling while taking advantage of amazing views. Check out these sleek homes across the nation featuring floor-to-ceiling glass and panoramic views of water, city skylines and more.

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Clear Winners: Glittering Glass Houses for Sale

171 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach
For sale: $42 million

Windows the size of garage doors retract completely in this home so you can walk right out onto huge terraces suspended above the crashing surf. The nearly 12,000-square-foot home took 10 years to design and construct with dozens of amenities (including a steam room, theater and a 12-car garage), but the sparkling Emerald Bay is the ultimate amenity. Huge walls of glass put it front and center.

1800 Jefferson Ave., New Orleans
For sale: $2.5 million

This New Orleans home was once a church, and its 26-foot ceilings and open floor plan make it suitable for fellowship. It was designed in 1956 by famed New Orleans modernist architect Albert Ledner, known for his quirky designs.

The four-bed, 4.5-bath, 8,602-square-foot home had a recent price cut, and is now on the market for $2.5 million. It last sold in June 2004 for a little under $1.2 million.

580 Gonowabie Road, Crystal Bay
For sale: $39.75 million

Each of the glass walls in this home on the north end of Lake Tahoe is five layers thick, held together by tiny stainless steel “spiders” hidden inside. The windows overlooking the lake and ski slopes are just the beginning: there is a glass elevator and a six-story glass stairwell that disappears into the walls, appearing to float. A 1,500-pound glass door -- 7-foot-by-nine-feet -- pivots 180 degrees on a titanium hinge. To add to the expansive feeling, the home is also designed with a curved ceiling.

The four-bedroom, four-bath home has 8,694 square feet.

2545 Huntington Ave., Saint Louis Park
For sale: $4.995 million

The European owners of this home added the lofted guest and pool house to accommodate visitors from out of the country. The modern home — near Minneapolis city limits -- is a Twin Cities landmark. Its floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the city skyline, a lake and natural wetlands.

The 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 6,665-square-foot estate is for sale for $4.995 million.

1101 Dolphin Terrace, Corona Del Mar
For sale: $8.995 million

The owner of this Bali-inspired contemporary home decided to build it while playing golf on the Big Island in Hawaii. At every hole, he saw single-story homes that blended outdoor and indoor living spaces. He chose a site with views of Newport Bay, the Pacific Ocean and Balboa Island, and built a resort-style estate with a black-bottom pool, a dry sauna and Japanese soaking tub and an infinity-edge hot tub on the deck to take in the views.

The four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has 4,860 square feet and is listed for $8.995 million after a recent price cut.

855 Aalapapa Drive, Kailua
For sale: $2.8 million

This home is built into a hillside just off Lanikai Beach on Oahu and provides views of the turquoise ocean through bedroom, living room and dining room windows. The architectural, completely renovated home also has several large hidden lanais and a separate one-bedroom, one-bath studio.

438 N. Faring Road, Los Angeles
For sale: $45 million

This 16,000-square-foot home in the exclusive Holmby Hills area was designed by the British architects and builders who created Milan’s fashion district. The chic design — a giant glass box with 20-foot ceilings in the grand entryway and sliding doors to the pool and gardens -- feels larger than life.

The home, built on spec, seeks a buyer who can afford its $45 million asking price.

25 Columbus Circle, No. PH78, New York
For sale: $68 million

This 16,000-square-foot home was designed by the British architects and builders who created Milan’s fashion district. The chic design — a giant glass box with 20-foot ceilings in the grand entryway and sliding doors to the pool and gardens -- feels larger than life.

The home, built on spec, seeks a buyer who can afford its $45 million asking price.

27960 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
For sale: $24.950 million

Here’s a beach home with the view built into every level. This home, designed by Los Angeles architect Steven Ehrlich and then remodeled by Malibu interior designer Michael Lee, has glass walls that scale its multiple levels and a deck that leads right to the beach.

263 Surfside Drive, Bridgehampton
For sale: $29.95 million

This modern home sits right on the beach in Bridgehampton. The 9,500-square-foot home was built in 2011 and has 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The ocean can be seen and heard from almost every room.

The current owners designed the home with high ceilings and huge, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors throughout. The home has a 6,000-square-foot deck for seamless indoor-outdoor living, and a private pathway to the beach.

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