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Providing abundant natural day lighting and blurring the boundaries between the interior and exterior worlds, a home boasting a massive glass wall — or two or three — can hold endless architectural appeal to those who don’t mind sacrificing a bit of privacy. Sure, you don’t have to bother stepping outside to enjoy the breathtaking natural scenery that may surround you, but you better pray that your next-door neighbor isn’t nicknamed “Pat the Peeper.” (There’s a good reason why glass-heavy homes are often erected on remote, woodsy estates and not in dense suburban neighborhoods or in close vicinity to golf courses.)

Glass-walled homes have been around for a while now — midcentury showstoppers such as the late Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Conn., set the bar for glass-heavy private residences — and seem to have only gotten more boldly transparent as time has marched on. We’ve rounded up eight of our favorite glass residences from around the globe. Some of these homes are rather famous — fans of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" for example.

Most importantly these rare and distinguished architectural gems are becoming the most sought after homes by the very rich and some very famous such as Leonardo DiCaprio. For years these mid-century modern were not on the radar.  But now like everything of high quality mid-century modern design these precious are becoming the most sought after real-estate in the trendy high end neighborhoods all over the world and especially in California.  These might represent the very best investment in all of real-estate.


 
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