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November 7, 2011

Modern Lovers Like All the Angles:

- — Some people have a thing for old-style houses — brick Tudors or shingled Colonials. Others gravitate toward a 1930s era-Craftsman. All of these styles deliver a little warmth and historic pageantry to home design that can tug at the heart or stir our archetypal yearnings.

Then are those who like homes that appeal to a more linear and intellectual aesthetic. This may represent a smaller group of buyers, according to real estate agents, but smaller also means more dedicated. For them, it's all sleek lines, glass walls and sharp angles of a modern home.

While some of the more famous modern houses, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, aren't on the market, there are plenty of gems ready for aficionados whose taste in homes is straightforward and singularly modern.

Venice Beach Sculpture, Venice CA (below)

For sale:$2,395,000

Described as a "complex sculptural form interwoven with the apparatus of living," the Venice residence for sale was built by Austrian design team Coop Himmelblau in 2001 and was remodeled by the owner in 2004. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is constructed from steel, glass and concrete with an open floor plan and plenty of light. Located only steps to the beach, the house also features a large roof deck with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Wissioming Residence, Bethesda MD (below)

For sale: $6,999,000

Set into the side of the hill above the Potomac River, this house was built by Robert M. Gurney in 2009, occupying the footprint of the previous home. Designed to connect with the picturesque landscape, the Bethesda home interiors are minimal and include white terrazzo flooring, white oak cabinetry and aluminum details. The home features a separate office, 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

Canyon Contemporary, Salt Lake City UT (below)

For sale: $1,000,000

Built in 1995, the home was completely remodeled before it was listed for sale in Salt Lake City. Perched above the city, the 5,592-square-foot home has 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and several canyon-view decks. Featuring an open floor plan and high ceilings, the house has new radiant heat flooring, new plumbing and an updated kitchen.

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