If the prospect of cleaning windows doesn’t fill you with joy, this giant glass-and-steel box probably isn’t going to be your choice of digs.

Photos: Gotham Photo Company.
Photos: Gotham Photo Company.

This US$5.5 million house in East Hampton, New York is going to need a special buyer with a desire to live in what appears to be a human terrarium.

The house sits on almost two acres and backs up to a 20-acre nature reserve (could be worse views, right?) so its floor-to-ceiling glass walls look out across all the flora and fauna.

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It’s attracting interest on the market for its great light. It’s also a smart house, controlled by a smartphone.

Looking like a property that wouldn’t be out of place on Grand Designs, this house was built by Juan A. Figueroa. He lived in the house for a short period last summer, but says he never planned to make it his ‘forever home,’ according to the listing agent Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

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The first floor includes an open entertainment area, dining space and kitchen with white counters. A wall of windows opens onto a concrete patio and a saltwater pool with a spa.

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The second floor has two independent staircases. The first staircase leads to two master suites featuring custom-made bathrooms built entirely of natural stones and white quarts; one with a luxurious soaking tub. As for the second staircase? It carries you to four guest bedrooms, each with an ensuite made of marble.

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The basement connects via a tunnel (that’s right) and features a four-car garage, a finished basement lobby, an all-marble guest bathroom and a generously-sized storage area that’d make a pretty nifty home cinema room.

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For lovers of the outdoors, the home’s outdoor area offers a massive 8×16-metre heated, saltwater gunite pool with a cleverly inlaid hot tub surrounded by 20 acres of nature reserve and features its own music system, independent of the house.

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At the end of the day, this property isn’t going to be for the mass buyer. Would you be comfortable living in complete openness?

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