This $1.2M Princeton home is a modernist gem designed by Otto Kolb

This $1.2M Princeton home is a modernist gem designed by Otto Kolb

July 20, 2023

Photo credit: Robert Manella/Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

This Otto Kolb original home at 140 Heather Lane, asking $1,195,000, is tucked into a wooded 2.39-acre lot on a quiet Princeton street. The Swiss-born Modernist architect designed this one-of-a-kind jewel box of a single-story home in 1959. Rooms in the five-bedroom house wrap around two courtyards, surrounding them with nature and sunlight.

Otto Kolb taught design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago during the late 1940s. Kolb, Mies Van der Rohe, and Charles Eames formed what has been called the American New Bauhaus movement.

Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass fill the rooms of this iconic home with light and warmth. Nearly every room has a view of the planted courtyards.

Exposed brick walls add texture and interest, punctuated by the organic warmth of wood trim and stone slabs. Sheets of weathered metal add interest and an industrial feel. Beneath brick, concrete, and tile floors, modern radiant heat warms the home efficiently.

A large living area is a cozy and sophisticated space, anchored by a floating fireplace and free-standing wood stove. A separate guest suite/office is a lovely spot to work or create.

A sleek, white kitchen forms the center of the home. The separate dining room opens seamlessly into an outdoor dining space through sliding glass.

Separate from the living and entertaining area, a private bedroom wing includes a family room. Bedrooms are lined with glass walls that open onto the courtyard and with custom closets for plenty of storage space.

The main suite includes a dressing area lined with integrated closets and an updated bath. Here, too, massive sliding glass doors overlook landscaped courtyards.

The grounds are magical and tranquil, with brick, gravel, and planted areas each offering a separate showcase of the nature surrounding the home. The property includes a storage studio for extra stashing space.

Filled with sunlight during the day, this architectural masterpiece glows after dark, lit from within. Surrounded by quiet woods, it stands both secluded and welcoming behind an iconic entryway.

[Listing details: 140 Heather Lane at Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty by Linda Twining]


Photo credit: Robert Manella/Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

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