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As if a luxury California house in the sun-baked hillside isn’t dreamlike enough, one advertising executive and his family had to go a step further to create an open-air masterpiece that offers spectacular views both inside and outside.

Situated in the Larkspur area, the home is the result of a five-year project undertaken with design company Jensen Architects and its lead designer, Nicole Hollis. Its open plan and modern aesthetic provides the perfect platform from which to gape at the gorgeous view of Mt. Tam and the San Francisco bay.

Inside, the home blends several textures and color schemes to helps retain a family and homely feel in what is, essentially, a very minimalist environment. For example, a clean, white kitchen counters a black chalkboard-walled bathroom, while reclaimed wood and shaggy-textured mats throughout give it character and personality.

Of course, no matter where you go in the house, it’s the outside that does the talking. Moving out to the patio, you’ll find a breathtaking pool area designed to let you enjoy the sun, relax and unwind while immersing yourself into the landscape around you. If you turn to face the house, you’ll see walls made of reflective materials, as well as glass walls that allow a floor-to-ceiling view from the bedrooms and lounge areas. Check it out above.

For more breathtaking homes, take a look around Rihanna’s former $14.5m LA mansion.

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