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Guiding Light: 5 Homes Filled With Natural Light

These five bright homes use plentiful windows or full walls of glass to maximize natural light and make the most of their singular settings, from SoHo to Santa Fe.

Light-Filled Manhattan Loft

New York, New York | Glenn NorrgardSotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This 2,056-square-foot condominium home has an ideal floor plan for enjoying timeless New York loft living. The anchor of the floor plan is a living room where a wall of windows faces north, providing a quintessential view and floods of natural light. Other highlights include a kitchen with appliances from Sub-Zero, Gaggenau, and Miele and a very private primary bedroom suite with a south-facing balcony. The pet-friendly building offers a virtual doorman, a fitness center, and a convenient location near public transportation, galleries, and restaurants.

Quintessential Midcentury Modern

Los Angeles, California | Steven MoritzSotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage

Bright and suffused with light, this rare midcentury modern home in Bel Air features a spacious single-level floor plan offering four bedrooms; beautiful materials and finishes throughout—including wide-plank hardwood floors, custom cabinetry, and handsome stonework—and an airy kitchen with an island and stainless-steel appliances. In the living area, vaulted ceilings and a striking fireplace contribute to the unique aesthetic, while sliding glass doors admit glorious light and overlook the backyard, the swimming pool, and the Moraga vineyard.

Consummate Contemporary in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Darlene StreitSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe Brokerage

A paradigm of contemporary style, this eye-catching home in the exclusive community of Las Campanas was designed by Bob Zachry and enjoys breathtaking mountain views. The thoroughly modern floor plan includes an open-concept kitchen, living room, and dining room with magnificent light and dramatic walls of glass; a serene primary suite with an impressively outfitted walk-in closet and a fabulous bath; two comfortable guest bedrooms; and an art studio—all with clean contemporary lines. Spaces flow effortlessly from one to the next.

Stunning SoHo Penthouse

New York, New York | Joshua Judge & Lily ChristensenSotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This two-level residence is a light-filled oasis in the heart of SoHo. It features an open-plan living room, dining room, and chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances; four bedrooms; an upper-level bar with a wine chiller and an ice maker; an office with a wall of glass doors that open to a private terrace; a media room; and a rooftop deck. A Savant smart home system and a built-in sound system are added amenities.

Classic Refinement in Houston

Houston, Texas | Ginny Galtney & Ruthie PorterfieldMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

This impressive Mediterranean-inspired estate in the gated Houston neighborhood of Stablewood is both relaxed and sophisticated—an ideal setting for easy day-to-day living and grand entertaining. The well-considered layout features five bedrooms, a formal dining room with an adjoining wine room, a wet bar, a media room that could serve as an additional bedroom, and an exceptional living room with a carved stone fireplace, a double-height ceiling, and oversized Palladian windows that afford a lovely natural glow.

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