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July 5, 2011 / jaylee5404

Gary Nevilles Underground House

Manchester United Star Gary Neville house is 99% underground.  The next teletubby home will cost 8M Euros.  Not only will this place be a refuge for teletubbies, but this humble house will also be eco-friendly.

8,000 Sq Ft. is not too bad at the age of 34.

June 30, 2011 / noteworthyhomes

Trees on the roof!

I don’t completely love this house, except for the trees and grass on the roof. Check it out:

Built to capture the breathtaking vistas, this panoramic view house plan by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects frames these picture-perfect panoramas beautifully. Located in South Korea facing the Bukhan River, the homeowners wanted to enjoy this pristine view from above. Thus, the Korean architecture firm designed a riverfront home complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor entertaining areas and balconies to maximize its view potential from any point of the home. Interiors are described as a “space within a space,” featuring functional areas (like the bathroom and kitchen) concentrated in the center of the plan, the bedroom to the east, the main living area to the west, and a corridor running the perimeter – all designed according to the principles of Feng Shui. The circular layout offers easy access to all living spaces while creating a visually larger floor plan. Interiors are cool, clean and contemporary in style; minimalist interiors that surrender the spotlight to the panoramic view. Topped with a lushly landscaped green crown, this rooftop garden house is a nature-lover’s paradise. via

Hyunjoon Yoo Architects
photo credit: Seunghoon Yum

June 29, 2011 / noteworthyhomes

Modern Cape Town Home

If this stunning 7 bedroom villa commanding a 270 degree view of mountain, downtown and ocean doesn’t generate E-N-V-Y from you we don’t know what would. Designed and furnished by Stefan Antoni Architects this little gem in Cape Town comes with Poggenpohl kitchens, top notch home automation and security systems, industry grade air conditiong, Wifi, the works.

Want to spend a night here? Be ready to shell out about $2,800!

Architect’s description:

A minimalist home commanding a 270 degree view of Lions Head, Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. All living spaces have a great connection to the covered or uncovered terraces. The living spaces are highly transparent to take full advantage of the views. The architecture is notable for its use of cantilevers, linear arrangement and limited palette of materials.

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June 19, 2011 / noteworthyhomes

Bill Gates’ Xanadu 2.0 Compound

The technology is at times subtle, but always present. As you move about the house, your choice of art appears on high-definition television monitors. Music, lighting, and climate settings all tag along, too. A small pin you wear lets the system know who and where you are. You can go to a computer terminal to pick out a movie or television program. It will follow you to the nearest screen. Only the phone nearest you will ring, assuming you’ve told the computer you’re taking calls at all.

Bill Gates
‘ house
 is a large mansion in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. The 66,000 sq ft  house is noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. It is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0.

In 2009, property taxes were reported to be US $1.063 million on a total assessed value of US $147.5 million.

I find this house (if you can even call it that) is extremely intriguing, if you do too, you’ll love reading this article detailing the inner technology and features of the house.

From the architects website:

Slipped into a precipitous hillside, this residential compound is composed of semipublic and private spaces scattered over a narrow waterfront site. The architecture integrates environmental sensitivity with an elaborate program and advanced computer technology. A sod-covered guesthouse is sited at the highest point of the property. Invisible on approach and entered between two concrete walls, the building is choreographed to give a sense of moving through the earth to discover the distant lake and mountains. Hidden beneath the forest, the underground garage is revealed only after driving over its roof and onto a heavy timber trestle that passes the open face of the structure. A long skylight slipped between concrete walls brings daylight to the rear of the garage and sends soft light up to the drive at night, suggesting what lies below. The lid of the twenty-vehicle space is supported by great concrete arches; the ceiling is broken away to expose the roof shape which follows the angle of the hillside above.Past the garage, a massive, curved wood retaining wall and canopy define the stone entry court that leads to reception spaces in the main house. At the lowest level, an indoor swimming pool overlooks a wetland and the lake. A stone and wood anteroom, with shower and sauna, precedes the light-filled pool space. Covered with grass, the pool’s roof is supported by timber framing; canted columns are positioned at its northeast corner to support the heaviest load of soil and logs. Embedded in the landscape and revealing the nature of its site and materials, the Pacific Rim Estate embodies the spirit of the Northwest. It is at once modernist and timeless. This project was a joint venture of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler Anderson Architects.
1997 National Honor Award
American Institute of Architects
1997 Honor Award for Design Excellence
AIA Pennsylvania
June 18, 2011 / noteworthyhomes

Beverley Hills Dream House

Secluded on over 2 spectacular acres of flat, park-like grounds stands this rare architectural. Natural light that fills this masterpiece through exotic wood framed windows & skylights highlights dramatic entertaining areas, including a grand 1st floor LR, adjacent indoor & outdoor dining rooms and a family rm w/kitchen downstairs also includes a theatre, 1,000 sq. ft gym, sauna & a massage room. A terraced master suite offers stunning mountain views with a cozy sitting area w/fireplace. Three additional BR upstairs, plus a study & office. Detached 2 story guest house boasts 2 master suites, kitchen, LR, powder & private garage. Secluded pool house has a guest apt. Gorgeous grounds w/swimmer’s pool, spa and basketball court.

56 Beverly Park Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

13,081 sq. feet | $25,000,000 | View online listing and more photos

June 18, 2011 / noteworthyhomes

A car to go with the house…

Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG – $209,000