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