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A dramatic setting is often the ultimate counterpoint to a strikingly modernist home. Here, three properties that follow the lead of their alpine, desert and jungle settings to memorable effect.

Though it looks remote, this mountain retreat is just minutes from Telluride Regional Airport and the city’s downtown historic district.

With enough sparkle to match the desert’s star-filled skies, this 5,857-square-foot Paradise Valley home feels almost otherworldly.

Ancient trees grow right through this custom casa, which offers three decks worth of space for grilling, swimming and relaxing.

Telluride, Colo.
$39.1 million
THE BUZZ Between year-round sports, film festivals and a burgeoning culinary scene, Telluride, Colo., is the place to be, and Paradiso is the place to call home. Set on 35 acres, the modern-meets-rustic architecture reveals a sophisticated alpine interior. Luxury finishes like custom-quarried marble from Italy and limestone from India, and thoughtful touches, like center-pivot glass doors, have been a three-year project for the homeowner and a fleet of craftsmen. The Bulthaup kitchen and outdoor galley make it a home for entertaining, while amenities such as a salon, indoor and outdoor spas, a gym and a home theater make it feel like a resort. An expansive master bedroom, five guest suites and six bathrooms complete the 12,452-square-foot home. Outside, a reflecting pond mirrors the surrounding meadows and 14,000-foot mountains.
DETAILS Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty, 970.708.4141

Paradise Valley, Ariz.
$4.5 million
THE BUZZ From its rocky 1.42-acre perch on Camelback Mountain, overlooking Paradise Valley and the famed Sanctuary Resort, this just-remodeled two-story contemporary home showcases its spectacular setting with glass walls in nearly every room. The great room flows directly out to the wraparound deck and is on the same floor as the media room, complete with a wet bar, while the dining room appears to float in a floor-to-ceiling bay window. The home’s four bedrooms and four bathrooms offer luxury touches like silver-gray travertine floors and Hansgrohe fixtures. To top it off, it’s all within easy reach of Sanctuary Resort’s spa, tennis facilities and award-winning restaurant.
DETAILS Walt Danley Realty, 480.991.2050

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
$6.95 million
THE BUZZ Casa Papelillos boasts a breathtaking ½-acre spot on Banderas Bay in the exclusive community of El Paredón. Designed by veteran Guadalajara-based architect Ricardo Elias, who also has an office in Aventura, Fla., the beachfront home is actually set in a rain forest sanctuary. The 17,598-square-foot multilevel home features an indoor-outdoor living room, a chef’s kitchen with wine cellar, a formal dining room, a media room, a gym and pool, and five en suite bedrooms, as well as staff quarters. A private white-sand beach is the cherry on top.
DETAILS Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty,