Imagine living in a house built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Near San Francisco. On 80 acres. Including a Japanese garden, an eight-acre walnut orchard and FLW-designed swimming pool. My husband sent me a link from Boing Boing yesterday about this gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright ranch house for sale, called The Fawcett Ranch House, for $2.7 million two hours southeast of San Francisco. Seems like a steal. It is 3,700 square feet, with six bedrooms and 4.5 baths and spectacular grounds. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the house is the third-to-last California residence drawn by Wright, and one of only two currently on the market.
According to the The Fawcett Ranch House website, the house was commissioned by Randall and Harriet Fawcett, who were barely thirty years old when they went to meet Frank Lloyd Wright in 1954. Wright was eighty-seven and at the peak of his career, designing the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The house includes FLW’s signature stone fireplace with built-in modular seating (Here’s a picture of the fireplace in the living room of Falling Water.) Master woodworker George Nakashima was commissioned to build the dining table and its ten chairs, the living room coffee table, and three additional chairs.
I’m not in love with a dark wood kitchen, but there are plenty of skylights and interesting window screens to let light in, and the appliances actually look pretty up-to-date. Apparently Harriet Fawcett loved to cook and entertain, and the kitchen was the center of activity of the home.
The wall of glass sliders, the built in cabinetry, the stained glass windows, the woodwork detailing, the angular roof with copper fascia detailing, the patio, the pool. It’s amazing.
The Japanese garden was built by landscape architect and Japanese garden designer, Jim Kamimoto. Many of the garden’s granite boulders came from one of his trips to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.