Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Most of us in Washington have probably never seen one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural creations. That’s probably due to the fact that there only three of them in the state, all located in the Puget Sound Area. The majority remain in the Midwest, on the east coast, and a random selection of other states, including California. The Seattle Times had an article over the weekend about some of Wright’s most unique creations, the textile-block home. Wright created only 4 of this style, all of which are located in Southern California. Two of these, are currently on the market and realtors are finding that these masterpieces are hard to sell, which is surprising to most. Although the homes have a variety of issues, most notoriously the “leaking ceiling”, the historic and literally, one-of-four-of-a-kind homes, should be seeing more activity. The homes were built quickly between 1923 and 1925, and are seen, at least among the architectural community, as “one of Wright’s biggest accomplishments.” Just as incredible, although not quite as rare, are the “Usonian” style homes, which Wright created nearly 60 of. These homes are smaller, single-story homes known for having little storage space, let alone a garage. One of these homes, which includes heated floors and visually comparable interior and exterior features, is located in Sammamish, Washington. Known as the Brandes House, the Sammamish home was originally owned by Ray and Mimi Brandes who personally wrote to Wright asking him to build them a home. The home was finished in 1951. Fast forward 57 years to 2008, the year that Ewing and Clark real estate agents Jane Powers and Betsy Terry had the honor of selling the Sammamish home. Owning a Wright home is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Despite the economy, thoughts are that the Wright homes for sale in California should be selling. Our thoughts are, buy the "Wright" house while you can!