When was the last time you got excited about taking the stairs? Oh, never? Well, if your place had a built-in slide that you could ride from the top floor down to the bottom, you'd probably be slightly less peeved having to climb up. And people with resources are beginning to seriously embrace that notion. So much so, that it was difficult to whittle down to the best five. But we did it, and they're right here:
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5. Playhouse Part of a gated cluster of homes outside Jakarta, Indonesia, the concrete spiral on this three-bedroom digs connects the child's bedroom with the kitchen.
4. Togoshi House This Tokyo pad's first floor was designed specifically for entertaining (there's a bar, living room, kitchen, and dining area) while the second floor was meant to be the kids play area. Though let's be honest, a night wouldn't be truly entertaining without guests getting to ride down the slide that connects the sprawling second floor with the loungey first.
3. The Galford Residence Built at the request of a resident in a new condo building in NYC's East Village, this half-tube stainless steel slide connects the first and second floor of the penthouse, beginning in the unit's office, and terminating in the living/dining area.
2. The Rainbow House This Notting Hill spot's twisting metal tube is accessible from a trap door in the master bedroom, and descends into the reception area. Best of all -- the crib, designed by the son of famed British architect Richard Rogers, is currently available, so long as you can handle the $24,000 monthly rent.
1. Skyhouse Built into one of the oldest standing skyscrapers in NYC, this polished stainless steel number twists and turns through the penthouse unit, sweeping over a bedroom, out through a window, over the stair and through the library, landing just near the entrance to the unit.