A soul soothing beauty spot on the Pacific Palisades foothills of LA has become home to an enviable 17,000 square foot contemporary residence, created by the esteemed architect team at ShubinDonaldson. The single-family Tramonto Residence soaks up views of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains, the canyon, and the California coastline meeting the Pacific Ocean. A feature staircase and terraces rise from the natural contours of the hillside, smoothly integrating the two acre site into the beauty of the state park. Inside, an open two story void is furnished with the main living spaces and a stunning staircase over a reflecting pool. Vast windows pour in sunlight and breathtaking vistas.

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On the 29th floor, you get a pretty great view of the trendy neighbourhood at the heart of Kyiv, Ukraine. In fact, it was the fabulous panoramic view that sold this 150 square metre apartment to its young female homeowner. Close collaboration between the client and architects at Balbek Bureau resulted in a home layout that’s geared toward appreciating and accentuating the view. A dual aspect grand dining room is wrapped by the skyscape, and awash with its light. A high contrast kitchen design features a floating bench that frees up the window area. Even the walk-in closet pauses to accomodate a window seat against the vista.

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Welcome to Villa La Toca, a state of the art modern villa with a wrap around terrace and amazing panoramic views. Placed in a prime location within a private gated community, the impeccable home boasts a 1,941 square metre tree shrouded plot with a 529 square metre build area. The terraces stretch a massive 390 square metres around the house, where they support lawned gardens, a curvaceous 59 square metre swimming pool, and a stepped sun deck that illuminates at night. The interior of the enviable five bedroom home is designed to enhance the supply of natural daylight, and to impress with stylish modern simplicity.

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