Modern architecture has been gaining in popularity for some time, but a slew of recent big-ticket sales have arguably cemented its appeal among buyers, including a $47 million Contemporary compound in Miami (pictured above) where Mediterranean architecture has always ruled. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls, soaring 12-foot-plus ceilings, and open floor plans that seamlessly blend one room into another have helped propel the design aesthetic in locations across the country. Another reason these homes are moving, particularly in ritzy enclaves like Beverly Hills where other styles have long dominated: "There's so much money coming in from Asia where the preferred style is modern," says Erik Coffin of Gotham Capital Management.
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