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Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
The Skinny: This sleek home in a style that might aptly be described as "West L.A. Modern," was designed by the Santa Monica firm Minarc, whose principals Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson hail from Iceland. According to the firm's website, the pair "derive inspiration from the unassuming, almost austere beauty and otherworldly natural features of their native Iceland, the land of fire and ice," and this house in the well-heeled north-western portion of the Palms district of Los Angeles certainly is strikingly stripped-down. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,560-square-foot home is built to take advantage of the cool Westside breezes, with a floor plan designed with an eye toward frictionless indoor/outdoor living, balconies that lead out onto gardens, a current pool, and an Ipe-wood deck. Inside, a great room contains the kitchen (which features an island with hidden seating for seven) and the main living area, both of which open out onto landscaped terraces. It's asking $2.985M.