A Private New York Island Shining with Frank Lloyd Wright Designs Lists for $10M
Amending Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs is not an oft-embarked upon activity—the architect stands arguably the most influential of his time. This Carmel, New York private island is the setting of such an endeavor. In 1949, Wright drew designs for the Lake Mahopac island estate of engineer Ahmed Chahroudi. However, due to budget constraints, the plan changed and only a smaller cottage was created at that time, now the property’s guest house. Now, the island has listed as a whole. Also holding the larger main structure realized much later in accordance with Wright’s vision, the water-bound wonder asks $9.95 million.
Spread across 11 acres, the heart-shaped island is accessible via boat or helicopter. After all, why not arrive with a bit of James Bond flair? A scenic helicopter ride can deliver people to and from New York City and its surrounding airports. The home itself seems ready to leap into the water, cantilevered as it is over the shoreline. The geometric patio juts out over nothing like a diver’s hands ready for streamlined impact.
While only the guest house can claim to have been built while Wright was alive, both that and the main home list the great as their designer—the latter brought to life with the help of architect John Gillis and scholar Thomas Heinz in 2007, who built out Wright’s plans. The architect’s signature cantilevering doors, stone boulders, and desert masonry appear throughout, watched over in the great room by a vast skylight.
Margaret Harrington and Monica Webster of Douglas Elliman hold the six-bedroom island listing.