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Editor’s note: This article is reposted with permission of Zillow. View the original item: "Real Estate Impossible: Spy Homes for Sale"

By Erika Riggs

Thanks to the likes of James Bond, the trappings of spy-dom have long attracted jealous eyes and vivid imaginations of many who long for a walk on the wild side of espionage.

All it takes is one look at the famous futuristic home used in "Diamonds Are Forever" to get a grip on the lifestyle of such a rich, famous and secretive underworld. In addition to the flying cars, yachts and intriguing weaponry, 007 wannabes have also been exposed to the fancy digs of secret agents.

Beyond the Elrod house — the Palm Springs, Calif., beauty designed by architect John Lautner featured in "Diamonds Are Forever" — there are plenty of other unique and compelling dwellings fit for a spy. We’ve rounded a few of them up for scrutiny.

Safe and sound in Scottsdale, Ariz.

8300 E. Dixileta Dr., Unit 268, Scottsdale, Ariz. (below)
For sale: $2,999,000

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While this nearly $3 million Scottsdale, Ariz., home features green building standards and state-of-the-art electronics and appliances, it also holds an enormous built-in safe complete with a gleaming vault handle.

Situated on the outskirts of the city, the mansion isn’t private but could be the perfect cover for a spy looking to blend right in. The home includes 3 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and nearly 7,000 square feet of living space, as well as numerous outdoor patios and a six-car detached garage.