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Location: Pleasantville, N.Y.
In the late 1940s, Frank Lloyd Wright planned and partially designed the community of Usonia for around 50 New York families who wanted to live in close-knit fashion, famously leaving their doors unlocked and letting kids roam from house to architect-designed house, and by most accounts, this mildly utopian experiment was a rousing success. An opportunity to enter the fold—or at least the part of it that's not jointly owned—has come to market, listed for $1,149,000. It's clad in cypress, has great room with an awesome domed ceiling, and sits on a 1.24-acre lot abutting Usonia Road.
Architect Aaron Resnick designed the 3,120-square-foot dwelling for his brother, with the combined living room, dining room, kitchen at the heart. Floor-to-ceiling panes of glass surround the space, and above them, original light fixtures in cedar, like the ceiling. The central column incorporates two fireplaces. Opposite the larger one is the kitchen, which has been redone by the current owners, who purchased the home in 2007 for $950K.
To the south of this space is an office, and to the east is a deck, which used to be one of two, until the smaller deck off the master bedroom was removed for a short expansion. Small bedrooms were one tenant of Wright's original plan, implemented with the idea of gathering residents around the hearth, but so were layouts that enabled phasing, to provide expansion opportunities for growing families. Now, the master benefits from a sitting area and a larger closet. That wing holds also two other bedrooms, while the fourth is on the lower level, where there's also a playroom, storage space, and a bathroom.
The owners have undertaken light cosmetic updates throughout, and aside from the kitchen, have also redone the bathrooms. The roof was completely replaced following damage from Hurricane Sandy.
· Aaron Resnick Designed Midcentury Modern [Sotheby's]