Modern European Homes

Out with old and in with the new; for many years, styles emanating from Europe have dictated design worldwide. While some trends show that modernizing older styles or finding sophistication and comfort in historically inviting properties is on the rise, architects and designers continue to push the envelope in European countries.With unique shapes, lots of 90-degree angles, energy efficiency, and monochrome color palettes, the modern style is an intriguing look into what the future of home design may bring. Explore the homes below that exhibit the one-of-a-kind design facets that make modern architecture so captivating.

Brussels_BelgiumPrice Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

In the Vivier d’Oie quarter of Brussels, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa is a quintessential modern home. Complete with low-energy amenities, under floor heating, and sharp cubic design, this contemporary property offers “Modern Living 101” for the uninitiated. With enormous glass walls, high ceilings, and minimalistic design cues, this Belgian home is exquisite.

Paris_France2.500.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

While offering an elegant panoramic view from the terrace on the outside, this Parisian duplex apartment eloquently spins modern living in France. The prominently featured steel and wood spiral staircase, glass fixtures, large windows, and monochromatic color palette are all inherently modern. Minimalistic furnishings and the use open space complete picturesque modern European living.

Megeve_FrancePrice Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty

With completely custom design, nature’s soaring mountains cradle this inviting take on modern style. Uniquely crafted design blends minimalist and modern luxuries with panoramic views making this unforgettable home an escape nestled in the Mont Blanc.

Gavirate_ItalyPrice Upon Request | Varese, Italy | Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious property is characterized by a pure and minimalist modern design, cutting-edge technology, and a spectacular view of the Lake of Varese. A wholly unique iron and glass staircase leads to the first floor from the open space ground floor entrance. Geothermal, solar and seasonal air-conditioning with winter heating and summer cooling, centralized vacuum cleaner, automatic motorized blinds, and rainwater recycling for irrigation are among the energy efficient amenities offered by this captivating home.

Modernizing the Classic Craftsman

Craftsman style homes have a rich history dating back to the 1920’s. Uniquely joining interior and exterior design cues while using signature architectural motifs like exposed beams or rafters and prominent brick or stonework, craftsman homes are once again finding themselves at the forefront of luxury real estate. According to the Wall Street Journal, the modern craftsman home is, “growing in popularity: Houseplans.com, a large online seller of blueprints, said 25% of the plans it sold in the last quarter were craftsmen.”  As seen in the homes below, the addition of modern touches like high ceilings, the use of natural light, modern amenities and brighter colors add enduring qualities the classic craftsman design and make for a unique living space.

Lyme_CT$1,750,000 | Lyme, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Prominently featuring a relocated and rebuilt blacksmith’s shop from 1750, this modern craftsman home is the amalgamation of classic elements and modern design motifs. With soft white walls, high ceilings highlighting the exposed wooden rafters and a plethora of natural light exposure, this pictured sitting area has the enduring timelessness of a craftsman home while also feeling vibrantly modern at the same time.

SaltLakeCity_UT$1,700,000 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Understated elegance, contemporary clean lines and a true appreciation of craftsman design combine to offer a tranquil retreat in the gorgeous Mt. Olympus Cove area of Utah. Basking elegantly in the softly penetrating natural light, this modern take on the craftsman is captivating. The nearly floor to ceiling stone-faced hearth centered between the large windows is an inspiring twist that modernizes the overall design.

SandySprings_GA$1,780,000 | Sandy Springs, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Highlighting the use of one of the more recognizable craftsmen features, this Georgian home sits on more than one wooded acre north of Atlanta. The exquisitely detailed beams above the entrance, the external brick and stonework walls, and exposed wooden accents are all distinctly craftsman. From the outside looking in, the overall shape and large windows offer a modern touch on an otherwise classic look.

Charlotte_NC $1,500,00 | Charlotte, North Carolina | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled on 2.6 acres, this modern craftsman’s outdoor living space brilliantly displays its enduring features. While the stonework hearth and exposed ceiling rafters are indicative of the classic craftsman design, the invigorating use of natural light and lofting high ceilings add a luxuriously modern twist. Thinking outside of the box allows this design to reflect that of the overall home’s while still being wholly unique and contemporary.

Siena_Italy$3,911,502 | Siena, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

While not necessarily a craftsman style home, this 480 square meter Tuscan farmhouse showcases some qualities cut from the same cloth as a modern craftsman. The stainless kitchen appliances coupled with the exposed stone ceilings and floors pictured in this kitchen are the kinds of style modification found in more contemporary craftsman homes. The large window over the sink allows for a wealth of natural light to fill the room and helps create an inviting atmosphere.

Calgary_Alberta_Canada$1,674,826 | Calgary Alberta, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This warm, inviting and energy efficient Canadian home is an exquisite modern craftsman. Inside and out, this home’s features blend old and new seamlessly. The exposed beams, prominent stonework, soft color, modern amenities, and large windows throughout the design of the home speak to everything that a modern craftsman can and should be. Enjoy the comfort and warmth offered in front of the walk around stone fireplace while taking in the hillside vistas from the surrounding windows in this living space.

5 Iconic Mid-Century Modern Homes for Sale

It’s no secret that the mid-century modern style has come back in a significant way in recent years. From furniture to art to design, the mid-century modern movement has reemerged as one of the preeminent trends of this decade.

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Left: Barcelona® Chair Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, produced by Knoll®, $5,271.00, designwithinreach.com; Right: Frank Lloyd Wright Laylight from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, NY (c. 1903-1905), LOT SOLD. 149,000 USD, Sothebys.com

With it’s clean lines, natural style it’s no wonder there has been a resurgence in its popularity. In honor of this classic modern style, explore our collection of 5 mid-century modern homes currently available for purchase.

Philip Johnson Modern

$2,795,000 USD / New Canaan, Connecticut / William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on 2.2 acres, this important and significant Philip Johnson modern has been completely restored. Surrounded by manicured lawns, mature plantings, this stunning house designed of stone and glass, boasts high ceilings, original period fixtures, and original cabinetry. A true masterpiece that incorporates the landscape and nature into its interior experience.

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$1,950,000 USD / Madison, Connecticut / William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

With a spectacular glass barn-style guest house designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson, The Tremaine Estate (c. 1720) is an enchanting property set on 6 country acres. The main residence is a historic and meticulously updated Cape Cod-style house boasting a mid-century glass room overlooking the pool, stone walled courtyard and expansive lawn.

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$2,400,000 USD / River Forest, Illinois / Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

The William H. Winslow House (c. 1893) was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first independent commission. This iconic home features Wright’s emerging design philosophy and contains numerous original details throughout including bronze and iron ornamentation, exquisite oak floors, built-in seating nooks, four fireplaces and original art glass windows.

$12,900,000 USD / Greenwich, Connecticut / Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Considered one of the area’s most prominent architectural achievements, this extraordinary mid-century modern style home is unmatched in its expert design, craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail. Superbly crafted by Warren Platner, an internationally acclaimed architect, his distinctive style creates an intrinsic balance of indoor spaces that merge with the surrounding landscape to incorporate the native environment into daily living.

Frank Lloyd Wright John Howe Home

$3,995,000 USD / New Canaan, Connecticut / William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious private lane estate was designed by John Howe, Frank Lloyd Wright’s head architect. Set on seven gorgeous acres, this magnificent modern masterpiece was totally renovated and expanded in 2007 using the Master’s original concept drawings as a guide.

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Great Gatsby Style: Art Deco Homes

During its heyday, the Art Déco movement represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and societal progression. One of the era’s most iconic cultural tales is  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American novel The Great GatsbyFitzgerald’s third book and supreme career achievement dipicts America in the 1920s.

Celebrated by readers for decades, today the movie adaptation Fitzgerald’s American novel premieres on the big screen. To celebrate the rein of the Jazz Age, we’ve curated a collection of homes that  exemplify Art Déco architecture and style.

Paris, France / $6,793,833 USD/ €5.200.000 EUR / Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

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On the fourth floor of a prestigious Art Déco building and situated on the most sought-after address in Neuilly-sur-Seine is this exceptional Paris apartment which offers stunning views over the Bois de Boulogne garden and the Tour Eiffel. Renovated to the highest standards of modern living, the apartment still retains its Déco charm with Versailles parquet floors and spectaular high ceilings.

Chicago, Illinois / $2,345,000 USD / Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

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Located in an exceptional Benjamin Marshall-design building in the heart of Chicago, this elegant and dramatic home features nods to the Art Déco style including a geometric coffered ceiling in the homes study. This northeast corner apartment surveys spectacular unobstructed wraparound views over the renowned East Lake Shore Drive. Renovated by celebrated interior designer Bruce Gregga, this home has fabulous entertaining space, large spacious rooms and high ceilings.

Jersey City, New Jersey / $450,000 USD / Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

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The Beacon, located across the Hudson River in Jersey City, is a historic Art Déco  full service door man building. The two bedroom, two bath room condominium in Jersey City is located on the southwest corner of the residence and has magnificent views of statue of liberty and the New York City skyline.

Denver, Colorado, USA / $1,525,000 USD / Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty

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Gracious and stately Art Deco inspired home on over 1/2 acre of beautiful mature gardens. This rare Park Hill gem was built in 1938 and has had only one owner.

Cap D’Antibes, France / Price Upon Request / Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

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Located on the French Riviera in the desirable Cap d’Antibes, this delightful Art Déco villa enjoys an idyllic setting among immaculate gardens, a pristine pool and terraces with panoramic sea views. Having been completely renovated this is a truly luxurious waterfront property with direct access to the beach, is full of charm and elegance, with spacious living areas and high ceilings.

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5 Unique Architectural Homes

From Japan to California, explore our collection of unique homes that are one-of-a-kind architectural masterpieces.

Shizuoka, Japan / Japan Sotheby’s International Realty / $1,839,218 USD, ¥180,000,000 JPY

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With wonderful views of Mt. Fuji, this modern slope-side luxury villa in Japan known as The Crescent House, was designed by the world renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban. This seamless flow of cypress wood house brings the beauty and serenity of nature surrounding into the inside to entertain your eyes and soul. The residence comes with beautifully landscaped gardens, an outdoor Onsen bath with natural hot spring, a modern fireplace and in-floor heating.

Accord, New York, USA / Heather Corner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty / $1,500,000 USD

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Architect-owned and built, this extraordinary diamond-shaped  contemporary house in New York was inspired by and takes its cues from nature. The dramatic home is set on 45 idyllic and private acres with its own lake, pond, thatched barn and paddocks. Significant aspects include a 43 foot stone tower that anchors the house with a cantilevered bluestone fireplace hearthstone, an open, spalted- maple central floating staircase, a counterweighted glass pivot kitchen door and reclaimed barn wood chestnut floors. Featured in the book 100 Contemporary Houses by Philip Jodidio and the October 2007 issue of Architectural Digest magazine, this home is truly a piece of art.

Princeton, New Jersey, USA / Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty / $3,575,000 USD

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A dramatic reinvention by New York City’s Garrison Architects garnered international recognition for a modern home of wood, steel and vast stretches of glass. While a walking trail weaving through the 9+ acre wooded site invites direct interaction with nature, the peacefulness of the Princeton property is ever present within the 7,000 square foot interior. A bevy of intuitive technological amenities includes a screening room on the fully finished lower level. Even blinds descend at the touch of a button in the gloriously bright and open master suite with one of four fireplaces.

Ingeniero Maschwitz, Argentina / Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty / $1,350,000 USD

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This one-of-a-kind property is nestled in the gated community of La Celina in the town Ingeniero Maschwitz, which less than an hour drive from Buenos Aires. This innovative house in Argentina features an aluminum spatial structure based on a socket system. In 2009, its creator received the World Intellectual Property Organization award to the best inventor. This masterpiece, besides standing out for its singular structure and aesthetics, marvels for its large dimensions, its high ceilings and the light all its rooms offer through its picture windows.

Los Angeles, California, USA / Price Upon Request / Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage

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Located in the exclusive neighborhood of Bel Air with multi-million dollar estates throughout, the area is home to some of the wealthiest and most famous moguls and captains of industry. A stunning award-winning design by Zoltan Pali, AIA, the home was published in Architectural Digest and awarded House of the Year. The two-level Bel Air home is divided into two volumes and is connected by a glass-enclosed bridge which overlooks expansive mountain and lake views. Part one houses impressive entertaining areas: dining, kitchen, living, as well as the master suite. Part two houses three guest suites, an office, and garage.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Sammamish, Washington / House Tour

As one of the 20th century’s preeminent designers, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is known for his unique vision and signature style. Wright pioneered the organic architecture movement and believes that every building should grow naturally from its environment.

Built in 1952, the Ray Brandes House is one of only three Wright-designed homes in Washington state.  The home is listed on both the National and State Register of Historic Structures.  Situated on just over 3 woodland acres, the home is exceptionally private and seamlessly integrates with nature. By day, the home is flooded with natural light—by night, redwood cutouts that band the clerestory windows capture the interior light, and turn the whole into a glowing “jewel box.”
frank_lloyd_wright_housesAs is true of Wright’s designs, the home’s innovative use of natural materials was ahead of its time. So was the hovering horizontal roofline that spans the carport and connects the home to a separate office space.

frank_lloyd_wright_washingtonThe interior of the home is in soft contrast colors and materials. The living room’s original furniture and bookshelves are made of redwood – and all designed by Wright.

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The master bedroom has a built-in bed and Japanese soaking jetted tub. The room embraces the Northwest greenery and opens directly on to the grounds.

brandes_house_frank_lloyd_wrightThe home is currently listed for sale for $1.39 million with Sam CunninghamSandy Justen, and Julie Biniasz with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here to view the property details.

The Molecule House, Casa Konstandt in Argentina / House Tour

When Argentinian inventor and builder, Matías Konstandt was 16 years old, he built a living space for himself on his parent’s terrace while they were away on a trip. It took Konstandt’s parents two days to assess the impact of the new construction and to admit that the result was quite good. It was the first step towards other construction projects in the house and a clear sign of their son’s future.

In 2001 Konstandt built Casa Molecule, what would be the prototype for his US patented Molecular house building method, which is located in the gated community La Celina, in Ingeniero Maschwitz, less than an hour drive from the Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Ingeniero Maschwitz, Argentina / Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

The Molecule House method is comprised of an aluminum socket system simply made out of tubes and knots, in geometric repetitions which not only is incredibly lightweight, but also extremely strong. Konstandt’s concept for the project was to create a light house, which was easy to assemble and disassemble and something that could serve Kondstadt’s need to travel and to create new settings in his habitat.

Konstandt designed the iron sheet modern sofas which are reminiscent of French architect, Le Corbusier. There are very few elements in the living room, as with the entire house, which is reflective of Konstandt’s dislike of cluttered spaces.

The dining room continues the minimalist style with warm wood floors, expansive light-flooding windows and a sculptured wood dining table.

The kitchen has an industrial aesthetic with open shelving and two Molecule-structure and butcher block center islands.

This one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece is currently on the market for $1.35 Million USD and listed with Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty.

$1,350,000 USD / Ingeniero Maschwitz, Argentina / Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty