Our life is a little better thanks to @PartnersTrust, whose gorgeous contemporary home wrapped in rich wood in California's Santa Monica Canyon handily topped our weekly #housepornthurs contest on Facebook. Our runner-up, @discovercrc, was right on their tails, though, with a beautiful fairy-tale home in Salem, S.C. You gave it a good fight, guys!
The $5.975 million Santa Monica stunner had everyone's jaws dropping for an obvious reason: Those walls of wood combined with walls of glass that offer views of the natural marvel that is the canyon. The home was designed by celebrated architect Ray Kappe in the 1970s, but it has been restored and renovated into a masterpiece. The grounds are mesmerizing, with multiple decks and fire pits turning the backyard into an entertainer's dream. (That pool, koi pond and spa don't hurt, either.)
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom, three-level home's crown jewel, though, is the full-floor master suite. It has a private roof deck where you can sit back and take in the gorgeous landscape. The home also has two large glass rooms for entertaining and a screening room. "This property is bound to leave one speechless," the listing says. So we'll shut up now and just admire.
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