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Haute Modern Pad Offers Ultimate Desert Escape for $1.25M

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All photos via Bennion Deville Homes

Location: Borrego Springs, California
Price: $1,250,000

At 180 feet in length, this steel and glass contemporary would be a jarring sight just about anywhere except where it really stands: the open desert near the Santa Rosa Mountain range in California's San Diego county. Elevated 15 feet off the ground and waiting alone at the end of a windy road, just beside some foothills, the two-bedroom residence was conceived by L.A.-based architect Richard Orne, along with wife and color consultant Susan Hancock, as their personal residence. An overarching goal to honor the spectacular setting guided the 2013-built house's muted color palette, metal corrugated roof, and the numerous glass walls and decking that bring the outside in.

Sitting on almost ten acres in the town of Borrego Springs—one of only a few designated "night sky communities" in the U.S. (apparently there aren't even traffic lights there!)—the 2,100-square-foot house puts a master suite and guest bedroom on two ends of an expansive, super scenic living/dining area and chef's kitchen. Aside from all the floor-to-ceiling glass, the interior is marked by custom tile and built-ins, while the roof is covered by a row of PV panels. Take a gander at these listing photos showcasing the space under various lighting conditions, offering a better idea of what a full 24 hours at this incredible retreat would look like.

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