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Location: Millerton, N.Y.
The Skinny: When New York architects Matthew Grzywinski and Amador Pons accepted the commission for what would eventually become Dutchess House No. 1, they took on a complicated brief that called for a mix of country home and urban convenience, a home that would be open to its environment while remaining totally secure, with a guest house for visiting relatives, and all on a very tight budget. The pair soon arrived at a design which the listing calls a "Hyper Modern Danish Farmhouse," an angular, aluminum-clad two-story home with an easily secured lower level and an upper bedroom suite with broad sightlines and its own private terrace. A small patio in front of the home is bookended by the guest house—clad in aluminum and with a matching set of the home's trademark yellow Dutch doors—and there's also a bizarre/cool indoor-outdoor shower. The home, which the brokerbabble trumpets as "arguably the most interesting listing in the northern second homes marketplace," asks a straight $1M.