While some of us will inevitably gripe and groan about losing an hour of sleep, many of us have been waiting for this weekend for a very long, very dark four months. Yes, that’s right. The time is finally upon us to spring forward and change our clocks for daylight saving time.
We can hardly contain our excitement, so in honor of this annual milestone, we pulled together some of the most gorgeous glass houses on the market. From coast to coast, these modern beauties blur the lines between inside and out—and let in all the light that we’ve been longing for these long, cold winter months.
Without further ado, join us as we take a spin through our favorite glass homes. (Just don’t throw any stones!)
Get lit: Hoooo, buddy. If ever there was an award for best glass house, this one just might win it. Designed by architect Paul McClean, this 5,300-square-foot home is perched on a bluff above Laguna Beach, offering spectacular views of the ocean (which you can almost reach out and touch) and the city lights of nearby Palos Verdes. The four-bed, five-bath home has been dubbed “the floating glass house” because it offers an ocean view from every room and the sense that you’re hovering above the water.
When the sun goes down, chromotherapy LED lighting can be altered to your match your mood. Take that, seasonal affective disorder! Oh, and the best part: The asking price just got slashed by $500,000. Hey, that’s not nothin’.
Get lit: Situated on a cliff on the edge of an old limestone quarry above the Potomac River, this award-winning glass house is like a work of art—which makes sense, since the current owner is a well-known Parisian sculptor. Called “Hawks Nest,” the 2,200-square-foot home made of glass, steel, and concrete has views of the mountains, treetops, and even a waterfall.
Get lit: This 5,500-square-foot glass house looks as if it’s in some remote forest, far from urban life. In reality, the modernist home is situated on 1 wooded acre just north of Chicago. That’s the thing about glass houses, though—they blur the line between outdoors and indoors so that you feel like you’re in a private retreat.
Inside, the five-bed, 4.5-bath home is inviting and luxurious, full of warm woods and high ceilings. In fact, the property won a 2008 American Institute of Architects award for interior architecture.
Get lit: This impeccable glass house, situated right on Lake Erie, boasts waterfront views from each of its three floors. With four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, there’s plenty of space to spread out and take in the serene views without ever leaving your bed or the couch. But if you want to venture outside (and who wouldn’t?), you’ll find a waterfall, multiple patios, a second-floor deck, an in-ground pool, gardens, and more.
Get lit: Known as the Wiley house, this glass masterpiece was designed by famed architect Philip Johnson in the early 1950s. Located in the same town as Johnson’s world-famous Glass House, this midcentury modern home sits on 6 acres of sloping land and boasts 3,500 square feet of living space surrounded by glass walls.
After falling into disrepair, the four-bed, five-bath home was restored, a new pool house was built, and the barn/art gallery was reconstructed. The vintage swimming pool—with its original diving pad—is a twin to the circular pool at Johnson’s Glass House, according to the listing.
Get lit: How could our list of glass houses be complete without a stunner from Hawaii? This 4,720-square-foot modern and minimalist home is full of sliding glass walls that allow you to take in ocean and mountain views and, of course, spectacular Hawaii sunsets. Plus, it’s walking distance to the beach, parks, theaters, and restaurants. The four-bed, 5.5-bath house even includes a guest quarters with a separate entrance (because you know everyone’s going to want to visit).