Modern homes abound in Silicon Valley

While some people love the colonial architecture and early American designs of homes in the Northeast, others seek modern properties that incorporate the sleek lines and innovative technology of the current world.

There is no better place than Northern California to find to avant-garde property. The homes for sale in the Bay Area have modern amenities, cutting-edge structures and state-of-the-art technology - this is especially true in Silicon Valley, the technological capital of the United States (and the world).

"I'm a fan of straight lines - it's as simple as that," says Sanjukta Mathur, a homeowner in Palo Alto, according to The Wall Street Journal. Her husband, Gaurav Mathur, explained "We grew up in the modern age and like contemporary."

The Mathurs purchased their home for $2.8 million in 2011, according to the news source, and their purchase was part of a surge of activity in the area that began after the housing crisis of the mid-2000s. However, modern properties were not always the rage in the area - ranch houses and traditional buildings built in the middle of the 20th century still make up a large part of the available inventory.

Residents of the Silicon Valley are all about promoting family life, green practices and environmental sustainability among their neighbors and peers. But what does a modern structure, and the lifestyle that comes with it, actually entail?

"What we mean about modern living is about living lighter - it's not about needing to decorate to have pleasure in your space, and yet it's not about going without decor," said Dwell Magazine president Michaela O'Connor Abrams, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's [about] intelligent use of space and bringing the outside in."

For example, a home listed in Los Altos is structured in a traditional ranch style, yet features concrete walls that blossom upwards from the basement to form the roofing architecture. Another home in Hillsborough incorporates a glass pavillion and walls to let the outside yard blend with the hyper-modern interior.

As the job market continues to boom in the Silicon Valley, more affluent professionals will begin to move to the region. In turn, these employees will likely take the best homes off the market, which could leave you scrambling to find a quality house. If you are considering a relocation, your best bet would be to immediately check out the MLS listings in the Bay Area.