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Keep '90s Design Alive in This Light-Filled Contemporary

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Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Price: $3,250,000
The Skinny: The postmodern '90s vibes are strong in this five-bedroom, designed by St. Louis architect Louis Saur and built on three acres in "prestigious Somerset Downs," an equestrian community outside the city. Those who haven't yet come to appreciate the period might see only datedness in the sort of kooky-yet-rational red brick exterior (which is pierced by the occasional porthole window) or the glass railings in the "great room," but there's a lot to love here; how much light it gets, for starters, through a combination of skylights and nearly full-height windows, which in turn makes all the maple paneling look pretty exquisite. Both said great room, which the listing describes as "inspiring," and the master bedroom have a large marble fireplaces; the former looks out on a bluestone patio that connects the home's two wings. The approximately 10,500 square feet also includes a chef's kitchen that, like Noah's Ark, has "two of everything," and a guest house reached by a shaded walkway. The asking price is $3,250,000, up $650K from what it sold for in 2008.

4 Somerset Downs [Zillow]