These 5 Contemporary Properties Offer Both Form And Function

Concrete modern mansion in Sydney, Australia
In addition to visually striking designs, contemporary properties also aim to make living as comfortable as possible.

Properties that fall under the category of “contemporary” are ever-changing and a reflection of what is most popular at the present moment. No two properties deemed “contemporary” are quite the same, making the aesthetic a desirable one. Boasting an effortless blend of modernism and minimalism, contemporary properties serve as an ideal canvas for homeowners to decorate a space with their own design tastes. Despite the clean lines and lack of adornment, contemporary homes offer some of the most intimate and comfortable lifestyles thanks to their wealth of modern amenities.  Check out these five exceptional contemporary properties that combine sleek designs with modern comforts. 

Modern mansion with soaring ceilings and views of the water.

A bright living area with soaring ceilings is complimented by a stunning view of the water. (Private Property Global)

Australian Waterfront Masterpiece 

This architectural masterpiece in the affluent enclave Northbridge in northern Sydney offers a fashionable design within a prime location. Completed in 2023, the property was designed by the prestigious, award-winning Tobias Partners and built by award-winning Pacific Plus Constructions. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a concrete-style bridge made out of natural sandstone that leads to the tranquil center garden. It is impossible to not be impressed by the home’s striking design, with sophisticated interiors, floor-to-ceiling Vitrosca windows, and a breathtaking central skylight. The airy residence is bathed with natural light, making every inch an inviting space, notably the central living room complete with tasteful cabinetry and a sleek fireplace, as well as access to the outdoor terrace with views of the bay. Accessible via an elevator, the waterfront property rises four floors. 

The property is listed with Ken Jacobs of Private Property Global.

Santa Ynez countryside with contemporary estate.

The rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley provide the perfect backdrop of this contemporary jewel. (Village Properties)

The Jewel of the Santa Ynez Valley

In the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, on a sprawling 20 acres, lies this one-of-a-kind contemporary estate. The property’s location cannot be beat; it is just a short drive to the 101 Freeway, yet is within the Jonata Springs Ranch gated community and offering both accessibility and privacy. The interior aesthetic is a blend of glass, steel and concrete, which all come together to create a distinctly modern feel. Natural light warms every inch of the home, and each bedroom and living area allows breathtaking views of the surrounding California land. Visiting guests and family members will have plenty of privacy with their own quarters and private balcony. The estate is a wine connoisseur’s dream, with a Syrah vineyard and wine cellar. The architectural beauty is only matched by the surrounding natural beauty. 

The estate is listed with David McIntire of Village Properties.

Three-story modern residence in Houston, Texas.

The open-concept design allows effortless flow between the kitchen, dining area, and living room. (Baker & Co.)

Houston’s Modern Masterpiece

Nestled a short distance from Houston’s Memorial Park lies this stunning three-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom contemporary masterpiece that encompasses four floors. Boasting an inviting open-concept floor plan, the home is bright with natural light and features gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. The exquisite kitchen is an impressive space, with Thermador appliances and pristine Carrara marble countertops. It leads effortlessly into the dining area, which is adjacent to the cozy living area complete with an elegant fireplace. The fourth floor’s game room includes a wet bar and is a wonderful place to entertain friends and family. Allow yourself to relax on the spacious roof terrace and enjoy all this home has to offer.

The property is listed with Teni Kalafian of Baker & Co..

Hillside Beverly Hills home with sprawling views.

Perched on a hillside, views from this Beverly Hills home stretch from Downtown to the sea. (Strand Hill Properties)

Beverly Hills With a View

Located within the coveted 90210 area code is this ideal move-in ready contemporary home. The property boasts an impressive five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, as well as 180-degree spectacular views of Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica Bay. Soaring ceilings and large windows greet you in the main living and dining area. An impressive fireplace can be found in the living area, its beautiful design the focus of the room. Custom artisan crafted railings provide a touch of regality, as do the handcrafted tile and stonework. The gourmet kitchen boasts custom cabinetry and high-end appliances. There are numerous rooms which can be easily used for a number of convenient spaces such as an office, home gym, or media/game room. Every bedroom in the home provides its dweller with a panoramic view. 

The home is listed with Lily Liang of Strand Hill Properties.

Asymmetrical architectural home in Potomac, Maryland.

Asymmetry distinguishes this 9,100-square-foot home in Potomac, Maryland (Long & Foster Real Estate)

Potomac Living

Spanning over an impressive 9,000 square feet, this six-bedroom, six-bathroom (with an additional two half baths) home is newly on the Potomac, Maryland market. On the two acres of land you will find a sparkling pool and accompanying pool house, proving this home to be an entertainer’s dream. Enter the home and you’re greeted with an impressive foyer with lofted ceilings and large windows. As with many contemporary homes, the open floorplan invites comfort and functionality for residents. This abode also boasts indoor/outdoor living, with a spacious screened-in porch and large stone patio. In the kitchen you will find a huge island, high-end appliances, and a butler’s pantry for optimal storage. The primary suite may very well be the heart of the home, with its own fireplace and spa-level ensuite bathroom. The latter includes dual vanities, sauna, and two walk-in closets with custom built-ins for plenty of clothing storage. Additional features include an upper level common space, three bedrooms with ensuites, and a complete lower-level with a bar area and guest quarters. 

The home is listed with Wendy Banner of Long & Foster Real Estate.


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Nina Concepción is a Latina actor, writer, and Upright Citizens Brigade performer in Los Angeles. Her UCB credits include being a member of the house team "Elefante," Harold night, and numerous sketch shows. Nina's horror-comedy short film, "No Thank You," was an official selection of the 2021 Los Angeles Latino Film Festival. She is also the co-writer and star of "Schmotts," an indie award-winning comedy series.

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