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Location: Orcas Island, Wash.
The Skinny: A glass-walled modern masterpiece perched high above East Sound on Washington's Orcas Island, this house might not be the highest in the San Juan Islands, but it still enjoys breathtaking views of the conifer-covered hillsides and surrounding islands. Completed in 2011 to plans by architects Jeb Thornburg and Michael Wangen of Indigo Design, the house sits on a small central foundation, with wings that project 28-feet from either side, preserving much of the site, while providing 2,400 square feet of lofty living space. The massive expanses of glass would normally raise privacy concerns, but the steep slope of the site and a 10.63-acre private tract mean that passerby won't be peeking in anytime soon. The only catch might be the price. For nearly $2.9M, buyers get just two bedrooms and 2.5 baths, which may be responsible for the five months this cool cabin has spent on the market without finding a buyer.
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