A legendary late architect not only designed this house – he also called it home.
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's largest residential projects has been sold to only its fifth owner in nearly seven decades in New Canaan, Connecticut, according to Mansion Global.
Wright lived there shortly after construction in 1955 while working on the famed Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.
The 7,800-square-foot, horseshoe-shaped home named Tirranna, an Australian Aboriginal word meaning “running water,” hit the market last May with an asking price of $8 million and was listed on Monday, less than eight months later, closed $6 million.
Real estate agents Marsha Charles and Albert Safdie of Coldwell Banker had the listing and believe the sale is “one of the highest prices for a Frank Lloyd Wright property,” Safdie told Mansion Global.
“We had a tremendous amount of interest and everyone was carefully vetted,” he added. “We had a lot of offers.”
The property has a total of seven bedrooms. Udorphotography The site features, among other things, a five-car garage, a barn and a rooftop observatory. Udorphotography The heated pool. Udorphotography The property was sold on demand for $2 million. Udorphotography The property was completed in 1955. Udorphotography The house measures more than 7,800 square meters. Udorphotography The new buyers plan to move in immediately and begin a multi-million dollar renovation. Udorphotography The property has 8.5 bathrooms. Udorphotography The kitchen. Udorphotography The grounds were designed by gardener Frank Okamura. Udorphotography A portrait of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1954. Getty Images
While Safdie declined to reveal the buyers' identities, he described them as a family from Brooklyn who were “big Frank Lloyd fans” and were already very familiar with the property and had plans to spend “millions of dollars” on the restoration and renovation of the 15-room apartment.
“They are moving into the guest house immediately so they can oversee the restoration,” Safdie told the publication.
It was previously owned for many years by the late founder of the Danbury Mint collecting company and his wife, the late Ted and Vada Stanley.
The property sits on 14 acres landscaped by respected Japanese-born gardener Frank Okamura. Located behind a red iron gate, it has seven bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a tennis court, a heated pool, a five-car garage, and a telescope-equipped rooftop observatory.
“What really impressed me about the property, aside from the gorgeous private landscape, is the otherworldly feel inside the house,” Safdie told The Post. “There is a symphony of light and shadow that creates a magical feeling and a new dimension everywhere. The house follows the sun, similar to a sundial.”