Mountaintop Carmel Home Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater Asks $5.1M
A home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater has arrived on the market in Carmel, California. A few thousand miles from the circa-1935 muse, this property strives to harmonize with its rugged Pacific Coast habitat in much the same way. Known as Highland Oak, so-called for the stately oak tree that shades the lot, the spread channels Wright’s vision into the new millennium from the privacy of a premier mountain ridge. Accessible only by a private gated road, Highland Oak is a secluded retreat asking $5.125 million.
In 1934, Frank Lloyd Wright set out to assess a series of cabins beside a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania. The calm fluidity of the water’s noise stirred him to create a home above the natural formation and he called it Fallingwater. While there is no waterfall at Highland Oak, the property flows just as easily and follows the principle of blending architecture into the landscape.
Looking up at the home’s mountain perch 1,100 feet above sea level, Highland Oak might seem an impossible mirage of serenity. But the 25-acre lot is as real as the striking valley views that surround it. With 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms within 5,416 square feet, there is no shortage of room for guests to come and enjoy the architecture. But that sense of spaciousness is compounded exponentially by its balance with the world that surrounds it. Cascading easily between levels, transitioning without a thought from inside to out, the property is a wonder.
Of course, the fact that the home has a 1,800-square-foot master suite to take in the endless ocean and valley views from makes it that much sweeter. Kathleen McCrystal of Douglas Elliman has the listing.