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For $600,000, you can live in a glass house

For $600,000, you can live in a glass house

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Ever get that feeling you're being watched? Well, if you're spending the night in one of Carlo Santambrogio's specially-designed houses, you better get used to it.

Ever get that feeling you're being watched? Well, if you're spending the night in one of Carlo Santambrogio's specially-designed houses, you better get used to it.

The Italian architect's latest home concept is 100-square feet living space made almost entirely out of glass. Yes, just about everything, including the walls, stairs, tables and shower serve as a window into a person's day-to-day life. But to ensure that house dwellers aren't, err, completely uncomfortable, the bed, couch and seats are similar to what one would find in most homes. And during the cold months, the 7mm glass can be specially heated so that residents won't be seen shivering to death (How embarrassing, right?).

For $600,000, the "Simplicity" house can be built in just about any configuration you want. Including a cube design reminiscent of the entrance to the flagship Apple Store in Manhattan. Images of the stunning concept were computer-generated, but prospective buyers can drop by the London Portland Street showroom to see the home currently on display.

However you feel about privacy, transparency and all the philosphical issues that this brings to mind, we can all at least agree that the house offers a great view -- for both you and your neighbors.

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Tuan Nguyen

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Contributing Editor Tuan C. Nguyen is a freelance science journalist based in New York City. He has written for the U.S. News and World Report, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News, AOL, Yahoo! News and LiveScience. Formerly, he was reporter and producer for the technology section of ABCNews.com. He holds degrees from the University of California Los Angeles and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure