“Unfortunately, you can’t live inside a Picasso. But you can nestle into a Frank Lloyd Wright or a Kengo Kuma. Homes designed by iconic architects are rare, and ownership is a luxury that few can afford. “They grant enormous bragging rights to their owners, and they also are, to some extent, an important cultural amenity and talking point for the neighborhood around them,” says Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate.

Conn underscores the comparison to owning a famous painting or sculpture: “First, it is a great privilege, and second, it should come with a sense of obligation to honor and preserve it.” An architectural home allows the owner “to sense the soul and intent of its designer,” according to Gerard Bisignano of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. There is a sensory experience not attainable in even the finest of standard dwellings.” Bisignano is the agent for the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, one such master work now on the market…”

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