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  • Samantha Brooks

Completed in 2008, this waterfront home by the architect Scott Hughes, of Hughes Umbanhowar Architects, takes in plenty of natural light through large windows that also afford views of the verdant 1.12-acre property and the St. Lucie River. One of the home’s most striking features is a cantilevered, glass-enclosed office space that offers 270-degree views of the area. The office stands just off the master suite, which is one of five bedrooms in the home. Other spaces include eight full baths and three half baths, a theater, and a gym with cork floors and a steam room and sauna. Outside the main house is a one-bedroom guesthouse that sits amid mature landscaping dating back to the lot’s previous 1960s-era home. A terraced area of landscaping, which has the swimming pool and a lawn on different levels, steps down to the river.
Setting: In Martin County, about 40 minutes north of Palm Beach, and perched on a bluff, with a private dock on the river below
Home: The 11,945-square-foot residence bears contemporary, clean lines and architectural materials such as mahogany and limestone, which appear both inside and outside the home for a seamless look
Price: $7.35 million
Inquiries: Debra Duvall, Water Pointe Realty, 772.288.9020, www.debraduvall.com

Setting: On the 50-square-mile island of Kéa in the Aegean Sea, just 37 miles from Athens
Home: Locally sourced stone covers the interior and exterior walls of this two-story, 7,500-square-foot residence with eight bedrooms. The house’s large windows frame the sea views from inside, while outside the patio, sundeck, courtyard, and infinity-edge pool encourage outdoor living
Price: $3.9 million
Inquiries: Maria Gryllaki, Ploumis Sotiropoulos Real Estate, +30.210.364.3112, www.christiesgreatestates.com

Setting: On 1 acre on the island’s Platinum Coast, a 6-mile stretch of beach along the island’s western shore
Home: The Naples, Fla.–based architect Jeff Harrell designed the 13,500-square-foot, four-bedroom home in the British colonial style but with modern amenities. Terraced outdoor spaces take full advantage of the coastal views, while indoors the expansive kitchen, two wine cellars, a gym and game room, and a theater with a 15-foot screen provide a break from the Barbadian sun
Price: $15 million fully furnished
Inquiries: Ann Adenius, Leading Luxury Real Estate, +44.20.7095.8703, www.leadingluxuryrealestate.com

Setting: On Camps Bay Beach, a vibrant suburb known to attract buyers from across the world
Home: The South African architect Xico Meirelles, of MLB Architects, designed the five co-located three-bedroom villas with open floor plans and large ocean-view window walls. Materials such as granite, wood, stainless steel, and glass make for minimalist interiors, while Nobilia kitchens with Miele appliances and bathrooms with Philippe Starck baths and Duravit showers maximize style and comfort
Price: $3.2 million to $3.8 million
Inquiries: Graham Barnett, +27.836.537.128, www.campsbaybeach.net

Setting: Within a maritime forest at the Palmetto Bluff private resort community
Home: The five-bedroom, 5,163-square-foot home sits on 3 acres of land overlooking the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff. The Lowcountry-style home has a shingled facade and a backyard with an expansive grilling area and bricked patio
Price: $1.975 million
Inquiries: Bryan Byrne, Palmetto Bluff Real Estate Co., 800.501.7405, www.palmettobluff.com

Setting: On 40 acres in Idaho’s high desert
Home: Built in 2007 by Tom Kundig of the Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects, the structure was designed to be a home and a space for creating and displaying art. A work of art in itself, the 2,760-square-foot, one-bedroom house incorporates concrete blocks, steel, plywood, and car decking, all of which were chosen for their capacity to withstand the harsh climate
Price: $3.2 million
Inquiries: Katherine Rixon, Keller Williams, 208.622.7722, www.architectureforsale.com

Setting: On 23 sprawling acres in Southern California, not far from the city of Palm Desert
Home: Morocco meets Santa Fe in this estate—home to Patricia Gucci, granddaughter of the House of Gucci’s founder, Guccio Gucci, since 1992. The 11,000-square-foot main house with 10 bedrooms is an eclectic mix of desert styles in an area known for midcentury-modern. A tennis court, pool and spa, home theater, and guest villa are among the highlights
Price: $9 million
Inquiries: Jane Dorian and Richard Bartholomew, Partners Trust Real Estate, 310.500.1295, www.palmaseco.com

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