Banksy House

Original Banksy pieces don't come up often — partly because they tend to be attached to buildings. This Banksy House is one such structure. The three-bedroom Victorian is by itself a rather uninspiring affair in desperate need of a full restoration, but the interior isn't the draw here. Instead it's the authentic Banksy artwork found on the gable wall. "Spy Booth" was a response to the reports on global surveillance made possible by Edward Snowden, and depicts three "spies" using various recording devices to tap into the conversations happening in the real-life phone booth found in the center of the piece. Set on Fairview Road in Cheltenham, it's a rare chance to own a piece of artwork that you can also live in.

  • Nate Berkus' New York Penthouse

    You'd expect a home owned by a pair of interior designers to be impressive, and Nate Berkus' New York Penthouse — shared by the Oprah favorite and his partner Jeremiah Brent — doesn't disappoint. The two-level space is located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Greenwich Village, and was designed by 1920's architect, Emery Roth. The upper floor has been transformed into an entertaining space, including an updated chef's kitchen with a wall of windows and skylights behind the sink and a pair of terraces to enjoy the city views, while the lower level houses three bedrooms, including the master suite and its enormous dressing room. Other highlights include the four fireplaces, wrought iron staircase, and 10.5-foot coffered ceilings.

  • Slaughterhouse Beach House

    Designed by Olson Kundig and formerly owned by renowned landscape photographer Peter Lik, the Slaughterhouse Beach House is a stunning mix of architecture and natural beauty. The home is perched on a West Maui cliff and split into three connected huts, one for guests, one for the bedrooms, and one for the main living area. The latter is notable for its twin window walls that lift up and out of the way at the push of a button, opening the space to the sea on one side and the mountains on the other, and the enormous kitchen counter that extends out through the space and onto the Brazilian hardwood deck. Each one of the huts benefits from the shape of their corrugated, zinc-coated aluminum roofs, which were formed to use the constant breeze as a vacuum, sucking hot air out and letting cool air in. Yet it's the surrounding landscape that's the real star, especially the world-class views of the sun setting over Moloka'i, and the rocky shoreline below.

    Photos: Olson Kundig

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