Whoever buys this 1,940-square-foot Usonian home will have minimal upkeep, a testament to the sturdiness of Wright’s designs.
This partial hexagon-design property was built in 1952 for the Mathews family, seven years before Wright’s death. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wright “only designed a couple (of homes) in the Bay Area,” says the listing agent, Monique Lombardelli of Modern Homes Realty, “including the Hanna House on the Stanford University campus.”
Paul and Jean Hanna commissioned that design in 1936 and gifted it to the university in 1975. It’s open twice a year to the public.
While interior photos of the three-bedroom, two-bathroom Mathews House are still being taken and will be released shortly, Lombardelli says it’s in impeccable shape.
Constructed with concrete, glass, and redwood, it features Philippine mahogany built-ins inside. Two other major selling points are the home’s indoor-outdoor flow and outdoor pool.
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It’s set on about an acre of land—in a town where property goes for a serious premium.
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“The home is in amazing condition. [The sellers] have maintained it perfectly. They put on a new roof and have done different work to make sure the flooring is perfect,” Lombardelli says. “It was a family home, and the kids are grown and have their own homes and their own families now.”
Well-known landscaper Thomas Church built the gardens when the home was first unveiled.
“These homes are like collector items,” Lombardelli says. “There are people who collect these homes like they would art. We have people who will wait to find something like this. They can’t live in any other style of home.”
At $8 million, it’s also priced competitively in Atherton, where the median listing price is $11.2 million. The sale will include the home’s original Danish modern furnishings and built-ins.
There are a few other restored midcentury modern homes in this exclusive community, including Joseph Eichler’s former residence. “But a Frank Lloyd Wright home is on a different scale, unlike anything else,” says Lombardelli.
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