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Location: Pleasantville, New York
An intriguing, saucer-like Frank Lloyd Wright home has come on the market in the Usonia community in Pleasantville, New York. Built in 1948, the Sol Friedman House, or Toyhill, as it was nicknamed, boasts a unique floorplan of two intersecting circles topped by mushroom-like roofs, whose motif continues in the mushroom-shaped carport nearby.
The 2,164-square-foot residence features the architect’s major geometries and other trademark characteristics like a large, central hearth, built-in furniture and shelving, and the use of natural materials. Stone walls, concrete-slab roofs, oak wood detailing, and windows come together to create a dynamic space that would prefigure the curves of the Guggenheim museum in Manhattan.
A circular great room anchors the main section, encompassing a central stone fireplace, a library mezzanine above that, a living and lounge area, a dining space, and a kitchen with original cabinetry.
A portion of the curved wall gives way to windows, whose bottom edge alternates between straight-edged and semicircular. A spiral wooden staircase leads upstairs, where the private quarters are.
Sitting on 1.25 acres, whose views can be enjoyed from nearly every vantage point of the house, the property at 11 Orchard Brook Drive, just 50 minutes north of New York City, is offered at $1.5 million.