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Gorgeous Bay Area Modern Home, an Ode to Glass, Asks $8.5M

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Bonus: it's 100 percent wheelchair accessible

Location: Menlo Park, CA

Price: $8,500,000

This splendid Bay Area home's love affair with glass begins with the striking glass block facade, a nod to French architect Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre in Paris, and continues on to voluminous spaces lit up by sweeping glass walls and structural glass ceilings. The resulting space is gallery-like, but cozy at the same time, with beautiful natural materials like vertical grain cedar and Tasmanian oak employed throughout.

Designed by late American architect John Thodos, the 5,037-square-foot house was completed for the client's wife, who used a wheelchair. That's why the house was made—ever so subtly—100 percent accessible. According to Realtor, the five-bedroom home has an elevator connecting the two floors, grab bars in the bathroom and kitchen, extra wide hallways, as well as lowered counters and light switches. Also lovely: the lush surrounding landscape of redwoods, Japanese maples, and native plants.