After two years on the market, the only home in Houston designed by Frank Lloyd Wright ultimately sold for $ 2.7 million.
The legendary architect is behind the Pennsylvania masterpiece Fallingwater and the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.
We have seen Wright-designed residences put up for sale in various pockets across the country. But Texas? Only three of the architect’s houses were built in the state.
The rare opportunity to acquire a Wright design in the Lone Star State arose when the house hit the market two years ago for $ 2.85 million. However, he did not attract an offer.
In July, the home was relisted with a price increase of $ 3.15 million. A few months later, a deal was struck at 14% off the asking price.
The lucky new owner got a discount and an architectural gem.
Wright’s design in the Houston suburb of Bunker Hill was commissioned by the insurance manager William Thaxton, who commissioned the architect to build him a house outside of Houston in 1955.
Shaped like a parallelogram, the original structure measured only 1,800 square feet. The design incorporated the architect’s signature touches, such as built-in furniture, glass walls, and open space.
Wright’s Usonian-era home emphasizes the natural environment, generous overhangs, and a cantilevered carport.
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The house was then sold to owners who embarked on a Texas-sized expansion by Kirksey Architecture, which was completed in 1995.
Now with an expanded footprint, the home measures over 8,000 square feet. But the contemporary additions harmonize with the original design. The home has retained many of Wright’s custom features, such as the polished concrete block floors and built-in features.
The mid-century modern property added sunny interiors, a large family room, central courtyard, and swimming pool. The 1.19 acre lot also includes mature gardens and patios.
The interior space also includes a living area, a kitchen, a master bedroom, a guest suite and an office.
Fully fenced, the resort creates a serene retreat and serious bragging rights.
Bill Dodson de Compass represented the buyers. R. Clay Joyner with JPAR-The Sears Group represented the sellers.