8 Amazing Getaway Homes

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July 30, 2014
Dreaming of faraway places? Let these houses that smartly respond to their beautiful surroundings serve as your visual getaway.
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  This house built on a Hawaiian lava flow is a stunning feat in site-poured concrete.  Photo by: Ian Allen

    This house built on a Hawaiian lava flow is a stunning feat in site-poured concrete.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  In this El Salvadorean beach house, it's nearly impossible to tell if you're inside or outside, thanks to interior gardens and minimal dividing walls.  Photo by: Jason BaxCourtesy of: Jason Bax

    In this El Salvadorean beach house, it's nearly impossible to tell if you're inside or outside, thanks to interior gardens and minimal dividing walls.

    Photo by: Jason Bax

    Courtesy of: Jason Bax

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  This home on Scotland’s Isle of Skye makes the perfect, tranquil retrat. "Simple materials, vaulted spaces, and uncluttered interiors give a sense of peace as you would find in a place of worship,” says architect Neil Stephen.  Photo by: Andrew LeeCourtesy of: Andrew Lee

    This home on Scotland’s Isle of Skye makes the perfect, tranquil retrat. "Simple materials, vaulted spaces, and uncluttered interiors give a sense of peace as you would find in a place of worship,” says architect Neil Stephen.

    Photo by: Andrew Lee

    Courtesy of: Andrew Lee

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  This contemporary home in Lima, Peru with a sweeping grass driveway wraps around existing trees in its central courtyard.  Photo by: Cristóbal PalmaCourtesy of: Cristobal Palma

    This contemporary home in Lima, Peru with a sweeping grass driveway wraps around existing trees in its central courtyard.

    Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

    Courtesy of: Cristobal Palma

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  This modern home with jaw-dropping views on the Aegean island of Skiathos uses dry-stacked slate quarried from a nearby island as a nod to its location.  Photo by: Andrea WynerCourtesy of: Andrea Wyner

    This modern home with jaw-dropping views on the Aegean island of Skiathos uses dry-stacked slate quarried from a nearby island as a nod to its location.

    Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    Courtesy of: Andrea Wyner

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  This geometric, glass-faced home in Phoenix provides the ideal vantage point of the Arizona landscape.

    This geometric, glass-faced home in Phoenix provides the ideal vantage point of the Arizona landscape.

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  This angled, wood-and-steel home on Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand perfect tucks into its rocky terrain.  Photo by: Stephen Oxenbury

    This angled, wood-and-steel home on Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand perfect tucks into its rocky terrain.

    Photo by: Stephen Oxenbury

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  This Martha's Vineyard home features an inverted hip roof that elevates the ceilings at the edges rather than the middle, opening the rooms to sunshine, sea breezes, and panoramic vistas.  Photo by: Iwan Baan

    This Martha's Vineyard home features an inverted hip roof that elevates the ceilings at the edges rather than the middle, opening the rooms to sunshine, sea breezes, and panoramic vistas.

    Photo by: Iwan Baan

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