Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Neighborhood!

Celebrity Homes – Sharon Stone’s ‘Basic Instinct’ love nest & a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian community home are for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

Basic Instinct Movie House For Sale”

The Basic Instinct movie house in Carmel-by-the-Sea where Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone hooked up in the 1992 thriller is for sale at $16.995 million. Widely recognized as one of Hollywood’s memorable movies of the early 1990s with multiple Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations, also getting rave reviews was the California contemporary home where parts of the film were shot. It later became adventurer Steve Fossett’s home, added to his collection of homes in Colorado and Chicago. Having broken over a hundred records in air and ocean sailing speeds and distances, Steve went missing on Labor Day 2007 while on a routine private solo flight over the Nevada-California border.

New on the market at $16.995 million, the Basic Instinct home on the craggy shores of the Pacific is just as beguiling as Sharon Stone has been through the years featuring good looks, stunning interior and sweeping ocean views from almost every crook and cranny. Every detail from the unique two-story domed library to the finishes, floors, thick countertops and stone-walled powder room pay homage to its fairyland-like location in one of California’s most coveted enclaves. The 12,000-square-foot residence with five bedrooms, nine baths, 12 fireplaces and two kitchens is sited on over two acres of lushly planted grounds with pools, spa and grotto hidden away among tropical foliage. Steve Follett might have felt like he was living inside one of his own adventures with one delightful discovery just around the corner from the last. The listing agent is Tim Allen of Tim Allen Properties, Coldwell Banker in Carmel, California.

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Neighborhood”

Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural designs appealed to consumers and critics in a way that no other American had before his time. In a career spanning over 70 years, he worked during a time of innovative and improved building materials that no longer required homes to have tiny windows and low ceilings to preserve heat in the winter and screened sleeping porches to catch a slight breeze in the heavy night air of deep summer.

After World War II, Wight knew returning soldiers would need affordable homes so in the 1940s he developed a new concept that people could build mostly by themselves with a minimum of help and expense. He named them Usonian homes and started a development north of New York City in Pleasantville in the hope of meeting the demand for homes for the returning GIs. He called the community Usonia – an acronym for United States of North America.

A total of 47 homes were built by various builders and Wright proteges on the 100-acre Usonia site at prices ranging from $10,000 to $85,000 (many of the homes now sell for over $1 million). Wright designed three homes in Usonia; the first one he built was Toyhill – better known as the Sol Friedman House, now for sale at $1.5 million. Friedman was a book and record merchant who also sold toys in some of his stores. Wright picked up on that point of interest and decided upon the name Toyhill for the home. It was a combination of a large treehouse and a small Guggenheim Museum with two circular interconnecting levels topped by a mushroom-shaped roof. Wright also coined the term “carport” and created one for the Friedman house, also with a mushroom roof. The exterior of the house is sloped and covered in finely worked ashlar masonry, giving the aura of having just grown out of the ground.

At 2,164 square feet of living space, the interior includes cathedral ceilings, skylight, walls of glass to capture the bucolic surrounds, three bedrooms, three baths and Wright’s signature large stone fireplace which he believed critical for families to gather around for conversation at the end of the day. He might not have been happy to see a 60” television over its mantle today. Listing agents are Amy Via and Todd Goddard of Houlihan Lawrence in White Plains, New York.

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