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For sale: 6 homes by famous architects

Cool homes for sale, designed by famous architects
Cool homes for sale, designed by famous architects

Ever wish you could live in one of those drool-worthy homes designed by a top architect?

Or maybe just get a glimpse to see what that lifestyle would look like: soaring ceilings, glass walls, lots of light, and spaces built for entertaining.

Another line item to include in the fantasy is the cost of keeping those beauties looking good.

A prospective owner has to plan for upkeep, says George Smart, chairman of the North Carolina Modernist Houses, a nonprofit that promotes residential modernist architecture.

And, when you work on the house, you have to choose a builder or contractor who stays faithful to the original concept, he says: "It takes a completely different skill set."

From a house on the National Register of Historic Places to a golf getaway in classic '60s style, here are six homes for sale that were designed by noted architects.

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