Each year, the American Institute of Architects grants a few exemplary American architects the title of Fellow of the A.I.A., an honor that has been bestowed on only two percent of the professional society's membership and reflects "outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence, contributions in the field of architectural education, or to the advancement of the profession." As one might expect, these select few produce some of the finest contemporary American architecture, like this modern build in Rabun Gap, Ga. Designed by not one, but two F.A.I.A. architects, Mack Scogan and Merrill Elam, the concrete-and-glass compound was built in two stages, starting with the main house, in 1996, and concluding with the 2001 construction of the "mountain treehouse," a combination garage and glassed-in guest bedroom. All told, the country getaway holds five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 21 private wooded acres and was listed last week for $1.55M.
↑ Where the Georgia home was tucked away in dense trees, this modern mansion in Scottsdale, Ariz. has views for miles, thanks to a ridge-top location and walls of glass. Listed for $4.4M, the house was designed by David C. Hovey in 2003. The 7,200-square-foot house has few solid walls, but still manages to contain five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The one-acre lot sits directly on one of Scottsdale's many golf courses, and the asking price includes membership in the Desert Mountain Club.
↑ Eight months ago, this Robert Gurney-designed Maryland modern was featured as a House of the Day, back when it was asking $7M. Despite a favorable response from commenters, the blocky house has failed to sell and has seen its price drop to $5.5M. Set among the trees on the banks of the Potomac River, the house has four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an elevator, an infinity pool, and a five-car garage, all in more than 10,000 square feet.
↑ For less than the price chop on the previous place, a buyer could purchase this 3,100-square-foot Dallas condo, designed by Ron Wommack. The huge windows and open staircase lend the three-bed, three-bath unit an airy feel and a minimalist style. Completed in 2007 and first listed back in September, the home is currently asking $939K.
↑ Designed by a pair of A.I.A. fellow, Seab Tuck and Kem Hinton of Tuck Hinton, Sky High in Monteagle, Tenn. is based on traditional Tennessee tobacco barn. Completed in 1985, the interiors are a bit dated, but still have plenty of visual interest. Best of all, this is the cheapest house on our list, asking $749K. That price buys three bedrooms, four bathrooms, five wooded acres, and panoramic views.
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