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Location: Boulder, Colo.
The Skinny: Overlooking the city of Boulder from its perch at the feet of the Rocky Mountains, this glass-and-steel home is perfectly situated to take in 360 degrees of mountain and city views. Designed by AIA award winner Thomas Phifer (who is perhaps best known for his work on the North Carolina Museum of Art), the Boulder House is another winning iteration of his exciting approach to residential architecture. The front of the house is a 35-foot-high wall of glass addressing the city, the back is partially built into the hill and offers wilderness and mountain views, and the uppermost level combines both vistas in an all-encompassing scenic panorama. The stunning light-filled interior features a ground floor art gallery with open space that soars to the upper reaches of the home, where an operable 15-by-12-foot skylight sits atop the roof, while the rest of the house, including the two bedrooms and three bathrooms, has 11-foot ceilings. The home, which is asking $4.25M, becomes the second Phifer design to hit the market in recent years, with his Taghkanic House currently listed for $6.75M.
· 1035 5th St. [Estately]