Modern architecture enthusiasts don't need to travel to France to spot the clean lines of a master builder. They can just hop on a flight to Raleigh, NC, to visit this Le Corbusier -- inspired, two-bedroom home. Constructed in 1999 from concrete, steel, and glass, it's now listed for $2.25 million.
It's a "minimalist sort of structure," says listing agent Jack Arnold of Sotheby's. The home has "no ornamentation. It's the old minimalist concept of form follows function."
But there's tremendous beauty in the simplicity of the space, with clean lines and enormous two-story windows creating a monument of geometry and precision. An open floor plan flows from the kitchen, dining room, and living area, where glass walls create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living, while allowing views of the pool that stretches across the walled backyard.
"A simple layout, but very efficient," Arnold says. "It's a very private house, but it can be used for grand-scale entertaining."
Tucked away in Raleigh's urban Cameron Village neighborhood, the property combines the privacy of suburbia with the urban trappings that make living in a city center appealing. Shopping and dining are just a short walk away, and it's a quick drive to the booming downtown.
Bonus: There's no sacrificing seclusion. "One of the hallmarks of this house is that it's extremely private," says Arnold. "A lot of people who live in the neighborhood don't even know the house is there."
And while modern architecture newbies might be surprised to find such a paragon of minimalist perfection smack-dab in the middle of North Carolina, experts know the region is a hotbed of stunning Mid-Century Modern properties, thanks to North Carolina State's world-class College of Design.
"It's not unusual to see this style in Raleigh, but it is unusual to see one that is newer or this large," says Arnold. "It's not a huge house, but it is a commanding one."
He predicts the buyer will be "very discriminating -- someone who enjoys good design and clean lines."
But one thing the buyer probably won't be? A new parent: "It's not very child-friendly," he says.