Location: Byron hinterlands estate in Federal, Australia
Size: 3,983 square feet
Key selling points: This rural home has received nods from both the CNBC International Property Awards and the Australian Institute of Architects for its beauty, but it's more workhorse than show pony. Case in point: 25 acres of land, two spring-fed dams, solar heated water, underfloor solar hydronic heating, a three-bedroom guest house, a tractor shed, a double garage, a built-in BBQ, a fire pit, and a swimming pool to cool off in after a day spent working cattle.
Listing: Unique Estates Australia
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Location: Hillside estate in Santa Barbara, California
Size: 4,330 square feet
Key selling points: Architect Barbara Bestor, whose handiwork has been featured in the Whitney Biennial in Manhattan and LA's Sci Arc gallery, maximized the indoor-outdoor living in this minimalist home with a 25-foot telescoping glass door that provides a bird's-eye look at the Pacific coastline, a yoga studio with a private garden, and a Japanese-style soaking tub with mountain views.
Listing: The Agency
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Location: Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan, New York
Size: 3,500 square feet
Key selling points: The seamless interior of this Upper East Side apartment was created by minimalist architect Michael Gabellini, who flooded the space with natural light via single-pane windows on every side and quiet, built-in luxuries like custom-fitted dressing closets, stainless steel privacy doors, motorized window shades, an integrated sound system, limestone floors, and bespoke exotic wood and stone accents.
Listing: Brown Harris Stevens
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Location: Top-floor studio in Paris, France
Size: 366 square feet
Key selling points: This mini million-dollar penthouse on Paris' left bank is the minimalist aesthetic at its purest, boasting a nod from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Still, the one-bedroom apartment's best feature may be the 667-square-foot terrace with panoramic views of the City of Light.
Listing: Propriétés Parisiennes
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Location: Renovated 1928 home in Brussels, Belgium
Size: 6,996 square feet
Key selling points: Renovations on this early 20th-century home were completed last year, heralding the addition of hot-now extras like a wellness room with an indoor pool, a bar and lounge area, an elevator, Sonos speaker system, five wall-mounted high-definition TVs, two open gas fire places, a wine cellar, and a manicured garden on the four-acre grounds.
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