Around the world in 80 Properties: A zen townhouse in Taiwan

In New York, when developers ruin historic townhouses by modernizing them, we throw a fit. But when a developer in Taiwan builds such a house from scratch, we have to admit, we kind of like it.

At least we find this one, located in Taipei City, Taiwan to be pretty spectacular. We love the details like the floating concrete staircase, the peekaboo views between floors, and the peaceful entryway on the first floor. The listing, with Sotheby’s International, is scant on details, but does call this house a “forest mansion,” which seems appropriate given the lovely wooden floors and pops of greenery.

Asking around $9.5 million, the nearly 5,000-square-foot home on five floors has only two bedrooms (we assume that can be changed), seven bathrooms and a “spacious garden” in the backyard. It also has a private elevator — if you’re not up for walking between all five floors — and marble flooring.