A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home about 30 miles north of New York City with a style somewhere between a treehouse and the Guggenheim has hit the market for $1.5 million.
The Sol Friedman House is one of three homes in Pleasantville, New York, designed in the late 1940s by the famed architect. They were a part of a planned community called “Usonia” —a term Wright used as a reference to his architectural vision unique to the American landscape. Wright approved plans for 44 other homes in the Usonian Historic District.
The interior of the cylindrical two-story home, which was listed last week, has the same circular movement of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. But instead of the sterile white interiors of the famous gallery, the home is built from exposed stone and concrete. And rows of windows look out into a thicket of woods, said listing agent Amy K. Via of Houlihan Lawrence.
“You have the sense of being in a treehouse,” said Ms. Via, who is co-listing the home with Todd Goddard, also of Houlihan Lawrence. “You walk in and you have what is like a giant trunk.” The cylindrical core of the home houses a great stone “walk-in” fireplace and a spiral staircase to the second level.
An interior balcony overlooks the first floor, creating a “circular motion around the main trunk of the house,” she said.
The house spans 2,164 square feet, with three bedrooms, all on the second floor, and two-and-a-half bathrooms.
One of the most unusual parts of the home is an original carport that looks like a massive mushroom growing out of the ground.
The owners, a couple from Manhattan, bought the home in 1998 for $825,000, according to records accessed through PropertyShark.
Owners for the past half-century have kept the home as Wright envisioned. Pictures of the property from when the original owners—the Friedmans for whom the home is named—lived there look nearly identical to the photos used to market the home today, Ms. Via said.
Wright designed rows of built-in shelves to match the wooden detail of the second-floor balcony and window frames, all of which are still in the house.
The architect also designed a solid concrete dining table built into the foundation of the home. It can be extended with three original wooden tables designed by Wright that would be included in the sale, Ms. Via said.
“One of the most delightful things about this house is that it’s pretty much as built,” Ms. Via said. “It’s wonderful in its authenticity.”
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