Hankering to own a residence designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright? The dream seems more attainable as prices continue to drop and old listings are revived on an almost weekly basis. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy features the Wright homes currently on the market. We cherry picked 12 of our favorites:
12. Coonley House (1909)
Crafted of stucco and ornamental tile, the Coonley House was built from 1908-1912, and has gone through many alterations over the past 1oo years. The current owners undertook extensive restoration projects to bring the home to current day standards while retaining the integrity of Wright’s design, including the landscaping based on the original Jens Jensen plans.
Today, this five bedroom, five bathroom home is approximately 6,000 square feet and sits on more than one acre of land. Wright described the Coonley House as his “best house” in his 1932 autobiography.
Riverside, Illinois – PRICE: $2,890,000
11. Andrew B. & Maude Cooke House (1953)
A sweeping curved 70 foot great room with vaulted ceiling, indirect lighting & large fireplace is the centerpiece of this Frank Lloyd Wright hemi-cycle home. Designed in 1953, built in 1959-60, construction started in 1959, two weeks before FLW’s death. Features include triangle shaped bathrooms, mirror begins where windows end, hand built tubs, ceramic tile, marble countertops and solid brass fixtures. The furniture for this home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, including the 40 foot sofa in the great room.
Virginia Beach, VA -$3,750,000
10. The Millard House (1923)
Recognized by Wright as the earliest Usonian house, the Millard House or “La Miniatura” is the first residence to utilize Wright’s textile block building system. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Millard House is recognized as one of the world’s most important works of residential architecture. Bargain shoppers take note, the listing has been significantly reduced from last year’s asking price of $7,733,000.
Pasadena, CA - $4,995,000
9. Dr. Toufic and Mildred Kalil House (1955)
This Usonian Automatic designed home contains a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths and a study. All of the original furniture, most of which is built-in, is still intact. Recent improvements include the installation of a rubber roof, a grout finish applied to the fences and clerestory windows, and new lighting in the hall and kitchen. There is also an unfinished mother-in-law house on the property.
Manchester, NH - $1,800,000
8. William E. Martin House (1902)
Featuring art glass windows, three Roman brick fireplaces and built-in cabinetry, this 3-story Frank Lloyd Wright has been restored with historic detail to its original layout. As mentioned in Curbed, the listing was recently reduced from the original $1,590,00 asking price.
Oak Park, Il – $1,380,000
7. Gale House (1895)
The Gale House reflects Wright’s development as an architect and the influence Joseph Silsbee had on early Wright designs. Noted for its irregular composition, consisting of octagonal bays joined to a rectangular core and high-pitched roofs with octagonal dormers, the Thomas Gale house has been completely restored and updated. A new ‘off footprint’ addition include an expanded kitchen and master bathroom, each designed to blend into Wright’s original design.
Oak Park, IL – $1,295,000
6. Sowden House (1927)
The Sowden aka the Jaws House, was built in 1927 for artist John Sowden. The home has a bit of a notorious past. Former LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel’s family lived in the Sowden in the late forties, and in his 2003 book “Black Dahlia Avenger,” he claims his father, physician George Hodel, killed Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short there in early 1947. In the book, Hodel describes the living room’s “floor-to-ceiling bookcase that concealed a secret room, accessible only to those who knew how to open the hidden door.”- via CurbedLA
The Sowden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also a city historic-cultural monument and Mills Act eligible.
Los Angeles, CA – $4,200,000
5. Tracy Residence (1955)
The Tracy Residence is a three bedroom home built with the specialized custom concrete Usonian Automatic block system. Purchase of the home includes a complete set of archival documents including, original plans, bibliography, construction photos, plans for a later addition proposed by the Taliesin Associated architects and copies of all Wright and Tracy correspondence relating to the house. The Tracy house is listed on the National Register of Historic Houses
Normandy Park, WA -$1,159,000
4. Don E. and Virginia Lovness Estate (1955/1972)
The Studio and the Cottage are two petite Frank Lloyd Wright designed properties on one 20 acre estate. The Studio, built in the 1950s, is a 1,800 square foot home with a children’s wing, a master suite and spacious living room overlooking the lake. The second house or “Cottage” is an 800 square foot structure featuring a bedroom, a loft style sitting room and a spacious living room. The houses follow Wright’s directive – a natural reorganization of the landscape’s own materials: stone and wood.
Stillwater, MN - $2,800,000
3. Arnold and Lora Jackson House (1957)
Own a Frank Lloyd Wright with built in income opportunities. The Arnold and Lora Jackson House is currently an owner occupied bed and breakfast with a lower rental unit. Listed at $800,000 the home is one of the least expensive of Wright’s available today. The living room opens onto a terrace and has extensive built-in cabinets throughout as well as huge stone fireplace. Large for a Wright design, the kitchen has an original built-in island and has been modernized with subzero refrigeration, new cabinets and granite counter tops.
Beaver Dam, WI – $800,000
2. A. W. Gridley Residence (1906)
One of Wright’s most spacious prairie houses, the 5100 sq ft Gridley Residence includes 5 bedrooms, three roman brick fireplaces and 6 baths (3 full/3 half). Also known as the “Ravine House”, the veranda stucco and cypress wood house sits on a 2.3-acre property that includes a small ravine. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Batavia, IL – $1,450,000
1. Ennis House
Lots of concrete here – the Ennis House is considered the largest and boldest execution of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic textile-block designs. Signature Wright details include soaring wood-beamed ceiling, prairie-style leaded art glass and the best remaining example of one of only four glass mosaic-tile fireplaces. As noted by Curbed LA, this home has gone through a series of major price reductions from the original listing of $15,000,000.
Los Angeles, CA – $7,495,000
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