If you’re going to build a rambling 4,400 square-foot house in the middle of the woods, why not just do one better and slap on some stilts? That’s what famed architect Carl Strauss did when he designed this one-of-a-kind home on top of a Clifton hillside. Wall-sized windows, walk-out terraces, and covered walkways show off everything from the interior courtyard to the surrounding woods to the actual treetops. And inside, four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, huge expanses of open space, a spiral staircase, and fireplaces make the home fantastically liveable. It’s just 15 minutes to downtown, but you might never want to leave.
Looking for single-level living? This California-style home was built in 1956 and has plenty of Mid-Century Modern bells and whistles: Four bedrooms (for your 2.5 children, plus some in-laws), wooded hilltop views, a double-wide garage, wood paneling (the classy kind!), lots of built-ins, floor-to-ceiling windows, and even a retrotastic carport. Eat your heart out, Betty Draper.