You need be only vaguely familiar with architecture to know the name Frank Lloyd Wright. The legendary architect designed some of the most iconic homes and buildings of the last century. And as with most great works of art, the bulk of his output continues to drop jaws no matter much the industry itself has progressed or declined. Among his many achievements is the Louis Penfield House, which sits on a 30 acre property in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, overlooking the Chagrin River. Designed in 1955 and completely restored in the time since, the Penfield House has been operating as a vacation rental since 2002. Now, it’s up for sale and can be all yours for about $1.3 million dollars.
Like so much of Wright’s output, the Penfield House represents a brilliant combination of radical geometry and natural space. Inside the Usonian home is a floating staircase and 12″ floor-to-ceiling glass walls in the living room, which deliver panoramic views of the river bluffs. A fully operational radiant-floor heating system powered by two natural on-site gas wells will keep those utility bills down. Also included is original furniture designed by Wright himself, and a kitchen counter top crafted out of a tree that once toppled fifty yards away from the house.
As if the views, acreage, design, reputation and furnishings weren’t enough, the property also contains the building plans for Wright’s final, uncompleted project: Riverrock. Call it icing on a very appetising cake. The only catch, of course, is that you have to live in Ohio.