Dezeen's Dan Howarth rounds up five fantastic houses located in California as part of the site's series highlighting residential design across the U.S.

From an all-black house that's designed to look like a shadow in the Yucca Valley desert to a glass-paneled, Northern California stunner with cliff-side views, each of the homes are thoughtfully crafted to suit their site.

Architecture studio Walker Workshop claimed to have "taken a hillside apart and put it back together" to create the subterranean base of this house in Southern California, which is topped by glass-walled living spaces and an infinity pool. Find out more about Oak Pass House.

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