Just 35 minutes from Manhattan, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s three remaining New Jersey homes just hit the market for $1.2 million. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property in charming Glen Ridge is a stunning example of the architect’s midcentury Usonian style of flat-roofed, streamlined homes made of natural materials and incorporating many connections to the outside. Built out of cypress wood, brick, and glass, the home is notable for its hexagonal floor plan formed entirely by 60 or 120-degree angles with not a single right angle.
First designed in 1941 (while Wright was working on the Guggenheim) and built in 1951, the Stuart Richardson House was designed for an actuary and his wife. Later, the home was occupied by the presidents of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, who restored the unique property and added a new roof, radiant heating system, a hexagonal walk-in shower in the master bathroom, and new appliances in the kitchen, including a concealed Miele washer and dryer.
The triangular living room features dramatic clerestory windows, an inverted-pyramid ceiling, and a triangular wood-burning fireplace. Fourteen French doors in the room bring in abundant light and open onto a patio, a brick-walled terrace, and the backyard.
Other design features include a dramatic cantilevered entryway, a bookshelf-lined study, skylights throughout, and custom built-in desks, dressers, tables, and cabinets. The hexagonal rooms are illuminated by distinctive triangular recessed lights, same as the ones Wright used in the Guggenheim Museum.
The 1,800 square foot home is tucked into a wooded, gated half-acre plot, complete with a stream, pond, and a heated, in-ground swimming pool. A long gravel driveway provides space for parking and there are two rustic sheds behind the pool for extra storage.
[Listing: 63 Chestnut Hill Place]
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