While its name insinuates otherwise, Museum Tower — a 42 storey luxury condominium north of downtown Dallas — has not been a friend to the arts. Intense sunlight reflected off its glass façade is damaging artwork at the nearby Nasher Sculpture Center, which has led to an ongoing legal dispute. The controversy has made Museum Tower a bit of a tough sell, but its three bedroom penthouse suite is nevertheless exceptional. Its main features include two, opposite-facing terraces, his and hers walk-in closets, three full bathrooms and two powder rooms. Plus, if you tire of the high life the builder is offering buyers a two-year, money-back guarantee.
Price: An estimated $20 million
Location: Dallas, Texas
Development: Dallas Police and Fire Pension System
Highlight: The butler’s pantry — which hopefully is stocked with enough snacks to survive a Dallas heat wave. Who really wants to leave the penthouse when it’s 117 °F(47 °C)?