Out of This World: Homes With Observatories

Three properties on the market with ideal spaces for checking out starry nights.
$1 million

Cle Elum, Wash.

3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,
4,500 square feet

This 20-acre property on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains is often clear-skied even when it’s drizzling in Seattle, just 85 miles away. This allows for more nights of peering at the firmament through its 12.5-inch telescope and 10-foot oscillating, climate-controlled cupola. During the day, the home’s covered deck offers views of nearby snowy peaks. Agent: Loretta Sweigard, John L. Scott Real Estate
$3.8 million

Bronx, N.Y.

4 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms,
2,755 square feet
The roof deck of the 20-story condo complex Solaria Riverdale is outfitted with a four-person dome and an 8-inch telescope, allowing residents to gaze at Saturn’s rings one moment and the Manhattan skyline the next. Among the units for sale in the building is this penthouse overlooking the Hudson, the Palisades and Long Island Sound. Agent: Donata C. Marcus, the Solaria Condominium

$7.8 million

Naples, Fla.

5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms,
8,000 square feet

The original owner of this gulf front property worked with telescope manufacturer Meade Instruments to design a steel-and-concrete rotating observatory to cap his four-story mansion. The home also features a 50-foot atrium, a full bar installed in a 1959 Cadillac, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and a movie theater that, when not in use, opens up to a beach view. Agent: Barry DeNicola Jr., Barry DeNicola Realty, Inc.

Check out the full story with pictures here http://www.wsj.com/articles/out-of-this-world-homes-with-observatories-1424361687


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