You can find grassy lawns on any tree-lined suburban street—yawn. A sleek modern house on a slice of rough, rocky desert terrain, on the other hand, is refreshingly cool. You wish you lived here.
Location: Modern estate with BMW in Canyon Point, Utah Price: $7,500,000 Size: 6,200 square feet Key selling points: The floor-to-ceiling exterior windows and swanky poolside lounge caught our attention immediately, but living in the middle of nowhere is a hard sell. Unless you call this pad home, that is. It comes fully furnished with a brand new BMW X5, enrollment in a private aircraft chartering service, a house manager, and private chef privileges. Listing: Partners Trust
Location: Cliffside contemporary in Phoenix, Arizona Price: $6,300,000 Size: 6,010 square feet Key selling points: The midday Phoenix sun may be warm, but we'll never say no to a heated infinity pool and spa, especially one that boasts views of the famed Camelback Mountain range. Other dig-worthy extras: a fully-functioning guest house, an entire room dedicated to the storage of wine and spirits, and an outdoor entertaining patio complete with a fireplace, built-in barbecue and bar, and weather-proof flatscreen setup. Listing: Redfin
Location: Mid-century modern in Rancho Mirage, California Price: $475,000 Size: 2,705 square feet Key selling points: Live out your Mad Men fantasy in this mid-century modern country club of a home in California's favorite desert oasis, Palm Springs. Its glass walls look out onto the fairway and tennis court, and the nearby San Jacinto mountains. Listing: Sotheby's
Location: Rustic desert home in Santa Fe, New Mexico Price: $2,100,000 Size: 4,130 square feet Key selling points: This adobe home gets style points for its 16-foot-high ceilings, clerestory windows, and a decidedly contemporary vibe, but the I-want-it-now award goes to the excessively roomy tub and rainshower. We could easily find a few uses for the extra space. Listing: Christie's
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