Frank Lloyd Wright–Inspired Home on Private Heart-Shaped Island for Sale for $12.9 Million

By Joyce Chen / Posted on February 3, 2019

Following an initial listing in 2017, a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired property has just been put back on the market for $12.9 million. The 11-acre property sits on a private heart-shaped island in Carmel, New York, and boasts the storied architect’s signature home-in-nature aesthetic. Comprised of a four bedroom main residence cantilevered over Lake Mahopac, two guest houses, a teahouse, a private beach, a dock, and a helipad, the compound was designed in part by Wright, though the late architect’s foundation refuses to recognize it as authentic design, prompting a wave of controversy.

In 1949, then-owner of the island, engineer Ahmed Chahroudi, hired Wright to design a sprawling 5,000-square-foot abode. But due to a lack of funding, the architect was forced to scrap his original idea in favor of building a smaller 1,200-square-foot cottage instead. Decades later, the sheet metal mogul Joe Massaro purchased the island property in 1995 for $750,000 and decided to build out Wright’s initial design using a combination of notes, drawings, and floor plans that the architect had left behind following his death in 1959. With the help of architect and Wright scholar Thomas Heinz, Wright’s vision was brought to life in 2007, and though the decision to build the proposed house posthumously resulted in tension with the foundation, the architect’s hand is undeniable.

Both the reconstructed main residence and original guest cottage were built in a unique triangular shape, with geometric and geological elements scattered throughout. Over the center of the main house, a geometric array of skylights flood the home with light, while chunks of exposed rock are embedded in the concrete walls in desert masonry style. Exposed rocks intervene with the interior architecture, serving as functional storage space in the kitchen and shelves in the shower. In addition to the spacious indoors, the property features an ample amount of outdoor living with a wraparound terrace and large patios. In certain parts, the cantilevered home almost seems to float above the lake.