Rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed mid-century Home, New York, USA
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An immaculately preserved house designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright just 30 minutes away from Manhattan is hitting the market for $1.525 million. The four bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom house covers about 2,620 square feet and sits on 2.5 acres in Blauvelt, N.Y., on the west bank of the Hudson River.

Dubbed the Socrates Zaferiou House after its original owner, the property remained in Zaferiou’s hands for more than 50 years and then was purchased by the architectural designer Sarah Anderson-Magness in 2014.

After buying the property, Anderson-Magness, who founded the design firm Studio Magness, made only minimal updates, mostly to restore original paint colors and finishes. “The preservation Socrates gave to the house was so meticulous,” she says of its previous owner. “We were just like-minded souls.”

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Now, after using the house as a weekend getaway for eight years, Anderson-Magness has decided it’s time to move on, co-listing it with Brandon Wagner and Richard Ellis of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty in Nyack, NY. “I’ve loved every moment in my house,” she says. “I just think there are other houses for me to explore and restore, and I don’t have the physical time to go there as much as I used to.”

The History

Zaferiou told Anderson-Magness that he saw an ad for one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses in a Sears catalog and fell in love with it. Zaferiou, who Anderson-Magness says was the pastry manager for the Plaza Hotel, then wrote to Wright’s office and requested a house.

Initially, the response was not encouraging. “Socrates submitted site drawings, and Wright’s office wrote back and said ‘Mr. Wright doesn’t want to build the house on your site, because it doesn’t meet his requirements,” she says.

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