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Location: Dallas, Texas
The Skinny: This striking modern home outside Dallas opens itself up to the spectacular surrounding scenery with 23-foot walls and windows that wrap around the living room and his and hers offices. The attention to the home's relation to the outdoors continues with its siting, which maximizes sunlight and theoretically keeps the home evenly illuminated with natural light throughout the day. The design by Dallas firm Oglebsy-Greene—which won a 2010 AIA Interior Architecture Design Award—also includes a dramatic four-story stair tower that extends from the first floor to the rooftop terrace, Douglas fir and Lueders stone finishes throughout, and an open kitchen with gold granite countertops and Gaggenau cooking surfaces. The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom manse has 11,000 square feet of living space and sits on an acre of wooded land with creek and waterfall views. It's asking $8.975M.