16 spectacular homes hidden from the world




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With typical Scandi elegance and restraint, this house manages to be both perfectly in line with the wooded landscape from the outside and cosy and stylish inside. The larger windows and inner courtyard are positioned to be completely private, and generous sliding glass doors on the western facade are used as the main entrance.




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Perched on the craggy cliffs of the Los Vilos coastline, the front of this modernist property hangs precariously over the water. Sloping down to follow the shoreline, the house is flanked by a dense forest and a rock garden filled with cacti.




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This may just look like a run-down, concrete building in the middle of the bush, but this unassuming structure in New South Wales, Australia, hides a stunning secret behind its blank Brutalist-style walls…




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Visitors enter through a large double-height timber-lined walkway – talk about making an entrance! At the heart of the house sits an open-plan living area decked out in a natural palette of timber, concrete and zinc. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors lead out to a sheltered courtyard.




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This remote retreat is a fantastic place to escape reality. Set among lush greenery beside the coastal landscape of Costa Esmerelda in Argentina, the property is intricately sculpted from concrete and glass.




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The kitchen is filled with natural light from the huge windows, but the thoughtful design, which orientates the house around a sheltered courtyard, ensures privacy is protected. The interior scheme is minimalistic with neutral colours and sleek streamlined surfaces for a thoroughly modern finish.




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The hidden courtyard is a theatre for observing hummingbirds, butterflies and even ant colonies, and the perfect private place for relaxing in the sunshine. The architects also introduced over 40 native species of wildflowers and grass to the home and its grounds to help preserve the local eco-system.




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This clever five-bedroom house is a conversion of a former water reservoir in Sidmouth, south-west England. Its unusual structure features swathes of glass walls, allowing light to stream into the unconventional interior.




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The interior is stylishly decked out with wooden floors and a balcony on the upper floor that looks down onto the living area. A spiral staircase leads to the first floor where there are six luxurious bedrooms including the master bedroom, which comes complete with an ensuite bathroom.




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Outside, the grounds of the house feature a raised pond, covered barbeque area and a garden store. Framing the property, dense woodlands extend to almost an acre, making this a truly remote rural retreat.




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Escape to the hills of Switzerland – if you can spot this next clandestine property that is! Dug into the side of a mountain, the unique subterranean home is situated next to the famous Therme Vals hot water springs.




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Completed in 2009, the plan for the design was to integrate the villa into the landscape so as not to disturb the local eco-system. Consequently, to negate the need for roads, access is only possible through a tunnel that runs through the mountainside, with the entrance concealed in a local barn.




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The 2,100-square-foot property consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, three garages and 12 acres of dramatic red rock landscape. Hidden in plain sight, the property’s neighbours are just over a mile away.




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Sitting on 43 acres of land, the one-of-a-kind eco-home will come complete with its very own fishing lakes and woodland, so there’s no need to step a foot outside of the grounds to get your fill of the great outdoors.




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The house is accessed through a carport on the top floor, where a lift connects homeowners to the rest of the levels. Interior furnishings are minimalistic, with floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring those staggering ocean views are the star of the show.




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According to Modscape, the design was inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship. Unfortunately, we don’t know how much this extreme house would set you back, but you’re likely to need deep pockets, plus your own cliff to hang it off!




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This angular property can be found in the heart of Cheshire, England, in an area that can only be described as the “soccer-star belt”, so you can imagine why homeowners would appreciate their privacy in these parts!




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Shielded from the outside world by the surrounding hillside, Steppingstone House cannot be viewed fully from any one direction, with its clever design obscuring the structure within acres of rolling private land.




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Just outside the front door, a private helipad and free airspace mean that London is just 55 minutes away by private jet. You might have trouble finding this semi-subterranean property on the way home though!




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Inside, the home isn’t short of wow-factor either. The intimate interior features neutral, warm tones and plenty of texture, making it the perfect place to hibernate during the rainy season. Spread across three floors, the house is full of little surprises – breathtaking views can be glimpsed from almost every room.




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This hunting lodge in the municipality of Etne, Norway, was built in 2013. Nestled in a remote spot, shrouded by mountains and flanked by an untouched lake, the structure seamlessly blurs into the rugged surrounding landscape.




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Covered in grass, the curved roof appears to grow up out of the landscape. The rustic facade has been crafted from local stone, tar-treated wood and glass which blend beautifully into the natural surroundings. We can think of worse vistas to wake up to!




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