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7 starchitect-designed homes you can rent right now

Because every good vacation should have some architecture eye candy

Architecture nerds in need of a vacation: thanks to the world wide internet, an increasing number of architecturally significant homes are available to rent. A few weeks ago we rounded up 11 vacation homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and now we’re turning to other famous architects. From two homes designed by Wright’s son, Lloyd Wright, to Philip Johnson’s famous Glass House in Connecticut, these homes are worth adding to your architecture bucket list.

Be forewarned, however, a vacation in architecture paradise doesn’t come cheap. While a few of the homes featured on this list rent for around $500 per night, many run into the tens of thousands of dollars. So take a look at these 7 stunning rentals and start saving.

The Samuel Novarro House in Los Angeles: Designed by Lloyd Wright in 1928, this 3-bedroom, 3-bath art deco masterpiece is—per the listing—all about the "quintessential spirit of classic Hollywood." With multiple patios, a large pool, and windows galore, the rental has housed a laundry list of who’s who in the entertainment industry. Rentals start at $1,100 per night for up to 8 people.

The Florsheim Mansion in Chicago: In 1938, Andrew Rebori designed two modern houses characterized by rounded glass blocks and horizontal exterior lines, leaving a courtyard empty between the buildings. In 1947, architect Bertrand Goldberg united the houses with a bridge kitchen suspended from two beams and made of fiberglass. Now considered one of the most architecturally interesting buildings in the region, the Florsheim Mansion’s 3 bedrooms and 3 baths are available for nightly rentals and come with a Steinway Grand Piano and museum quality artwork. Rates (in the off season) start at $499 per night.

The Weidlinger House in Cape Cod: Designed by renowned structural engineer Paul Weidlinger and heavily influenced by 20th-century Modernism, this 3-bedroom, 1-bath home serves as a "platform for viewing nature." Left to decay in the 1990s, a successful Kickstarter campaign funded the homes restoration. The stilted house provides commanding views of the adjacent pond and the open post-and-beam living room accesses a long deck. Head over here to inquire about rates.

Buff and Hensman House in Los Angeles: The outdoor pool is reason enough to book this 2-bedroom Hollywood Hills home designed by the award-winning firm Buff & Hensman, but we also just can’t get enough of the dreamy interiors. Throw in some serious indoor/outdoor living and a hip mid-century aesthetic and you’ve got an architectural stunner. Rates start at $1,800 per night.

The Sowden House in Los Angeles: Described as a "neo-Mayan mansion" in the heart of Hollywood, Lloyd Wright designed the Sowden House in 1926. Often used as a filming location for movies, commercials, and TV shows, the 3-bedroom, 6-bath home accommodates 6 people overnight. Just be prepared for some dark history: in recent years the home has gained notoriety as the alleged murderous lair of the Black Dahlia’s killer. Rates are available by inquiry only.

The Glass House in New Canaan: It may cost half a year’s salary, but lucky individuals can stay at Philip Johnson’s ode to architectural minimalism in Connecticut. The overnight package—which costs a hefty $30,000—includes dinner for 10 people and accommodations for 2, as well as tours of the Painting and Sculpture Galleries and Studio Library. Head over here for more.

The Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs: Designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947 for Frank Sinatra, the Twin Palms Estate pays homage to mid-century luxury with period furnishings and a piano-shaped swimming pool. With 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, the home boasts a location in the famed "Movie Colony" neighborhood and starts at $1950 per night.


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The Samuel Novarro House in California.