5 Properties Bringing New Life to Biophilic Design

Square footage: 14,000

Beds/Baths: 9 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, 3 half baths

Indoor-outdoor living goes ultra-luxe at this Wainscott manse that’s less than a mile from the ocean. Biophilia is throughout the home, from the fountains at the entryway, outdoor kitchen, and skylights to the numerous gardens (including several that are edible) and an infinity pool with a waterfall. But there’s more: The residence also boasts a glass enclosed winter dining room, cantilevered terrace, garden views, and a frog pond.

A tranquil residence at The Emerald in Seattle.

Photo: Steel Blue

Starting price: $500,000

A new 40-story development near Pike Place Market, The Emerald has 262 residences, all of which feature views of downtown. The tower’s glass facets reflect Puget Sound, and residents are surrounded by the mountains and water. The large windows offer a great deal of natural light. The Olympic Room, located on the 39th floor, has indoor and outdoor areas and an impressive double-height glass-encased club room. Also, the penthouses feature over 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that intensify the sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains.

An olive tree growing in the courtyard at Wallace Ridge.

Photo: Aaron Kirman

Price: $65 million

Square footage: 24,829

Beds/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms

With a 150-year-old olive tree from Italy as its showpiece, how could this massive estate be anything less than spectacular? It’s full of biophilic elements including a glass bridge that leads to a towering foyer and an open floor plan, a courtyard, a pool with a deck, and floor-to-ceiling windows in every bedroom that overlook plants, trees, and flowers outside.

A spacious living area at Obsidian.

Photo: Blue Heron

Starting price: $4.54 million

Set in the foothills of Black Mountain, Nevada, Obsidian is a gated community with 33 homes, and every single of them has a biophilic heavy aesthetic. The homes feature views of the Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding mountains, and they also have sliding doors that lead to landscaped terraces with plants and seating areas. Additional elements include walkthroughs surrounded by stones, cacti, and water and infinity pools that overlook the desert.

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