World’s most exotic homes we wish we could buy

The universal elements swirl, collide and become all things. Even our homes reduce to these basic building blocks. Europeans and Chinese disagree on these foundations (ancient Westerners observed air, earth, water and fire; the East perceived wood, fire, earth, metal and water) but Nature herself pointed us to these examples of engineered balance.

Canyon Breezes

700 Kingman Ave, Santa Monica Canyon, California
In the courtyard, a koi pond, floating bridge, and waterfall. 4BR, 5 baths. California air and sunlight flood the open plan living arrangement. Soaring textured walls support suspended glass walkways and ambitious ceilings. Elemental satisfaction born of modern techniques. 
Offered at $6,450,000
Contact Frank Langen, Deasy Penner and Partners, (310) 963-3891


Firm Foundation 

3085 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Newly built in the Southlands, 5BR, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms, this mansion has inlaid designs on its hardwood floors, beautiful millwork and a gourmet kitchen with style (including wok kitchen). Switches from a family residence into entertainment central and back again. 
Offered at CAN $4,788,000
Contact Manyee Lui, MacDonald Realty, (604) 644-8166


Poised in Thought

6979 Nottawasaga 36/37 Sideroad E, Collingwood, Ontario
A masterpiece of design (is it simple or complex? playful or stark?), this 4BR, 5 bath home has plenty of warm finishes, natural light and interaction with the forest around it. Indoor pool and greenhouse, generous patio cantilevered over the pond, artist’s studio and guest cottage.
Offered at CAN $3,990,000
Contact Max Hanhe, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, (705) 441-5800


Costa Blanca

Denia, Spain, south of Barcelona 
Take a siesta in cantilevered glass and concrete rooms that take full advantage of the views over a lush valley and exclusive golf community. This 5BR, 5 bath home lies very near the Mediterranean Sea. Its luminous, modern architecture calms the senses and excites the imagination.
Price available upon request
Contact Francisco Ballester, Rimontgó, [email protected]


Hearth and Home (SOLD)

4367 Erwin Drive, West Vancouver, BC
A stately, modern take on a peaceful, waterfront cabin. 4BR, 5 bathrooms and sprawling living spaces are connected with serenely lit coffered ceilings and a steel and wood staircase flanked by an amazing stone wall. The best of the West plus some.  
Offered at CAN $8,980,000
Contact Jason Soprovich, Prudential Sussex Realty, (604) 817-8812


In the Redwoods

999 4th Green Drive, Incline Village, Nevada
Artistic tiles, “light screens,” redwood planks and beams, cathedral ceilings and hammered copper front doors are details that make this custom home one of the most interesting in the area. Situated near a creek and the 14th hole of a championship golf course. 3BR, 2 bathrooms.
Offered at CAN $2,422,074
Contact Tom Bruno, Chase International, (775) 742-3106


Wild Orchid

Belize, Central America
A landmark in luxury set in an undiscovered landscape, these villas offer impressive craftsmanship, state-of-the-art amenities and complete escape. The calm Caribbean Ocean is steps away and an even more peaceful lagoon stretches out beside it. Residences come in a variety of floor plans.
Price from US $698,800 to $2,290,000 and higher
Contact Wolf Worster, Wild Orchid Residences, (604) 324-8895


Dreaming of the Bay

3661 Cameron Avenue, Vancouver, BC
This lot cascades onto the beach and overlooks downtown Vancouver, the Coast Mountains and the entrance to Howe Sound. The 4BR, 3 bath house just off Point Grey Rd. has a glass solarium with a fireplace where you can watch the stars, snuggle or sip cocktails.
Offered at CAN $7,990,000
Contact Cheryl Solomon, New Asia Realty, (604) 813-8001, 中文電話(604) 783-3928 


Mirror Finish 

838 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC
In Jameson House, near world-class dining and shopping, this 2BR, 3 bathroom apt. epitomizes the ultra-sleek lifestyle. 9-ft ceilings, radiant floor heating, contemporary kitchen by Dada Cucina of Italy, 24-hr concierge service and the 1st fully automated valet parking in Canada.  
Offered at CAN $2,228,000
Contact Juliana Jiao, MacDonald Realty, (604) 807-4222


Quicksilver Lifestyle

Ritz Carlton Residences, Bangkok, Thailand
Digital-looking breaks in the facade of Thailand’s tallest building create skyboxes and terraces for the 200 residences inside. Interior design by London and NYC’s David Collins Studio. Includes the Ritz’s legendary service. 2 to 5 bedroom plans available. 
Prices available upon request. Contact Ritz Carlton Residences, Bangkok., +66 2 234 1414