Saint Lucia, West Indies
The stately island residence set within a 8.5 acre park-like nature reserve overlooking Castries Harbor is a classic and rare example of West Indies Creole Architecture. Maintained in museum-like condition, and long-time winter residence of a well known Hollywood screenwriter, Belmont is now available for private acquisition. Here one experiences Island living apart from, but within the context and authentic culture of the island. The true romance and magic of Saint Lucia is alive and well at Belmont.
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Bedford, New York
Philip Johnson’s First House: The Booth House built 1946 – This distinctive home is perfectly sited on a knoll, on top of a 1000 foot long driveway. It commands scenic views in every direction. By today’s standards, it’s the perfect size home everyone is seeking: a smaller, efficient home that replaces the big, white elephant Mc-Mansion of recent years. It is the ultimate solution. Its simple expansive design is flexible, livable and low maintenance. The home offers alternatives to suit various life styles: as a family home, a home to downsize into, or a home to create a live/work environment. It’s notable that the house was conceived and built responding to the needs of an earlier generation, long before the first McMansion.
The main building consists of 1440 square feet on the main level and 880 square feet in the lower level. The ground floor includes a spacious living/dining area with huge floor to ceiling windows and a large brick fireplace separating the public space from the kitchen area. The main level also contains two bedrooms two baths and many closets. The lower level consists of 880 square feet leading out to a walled courtyard. There are additional baths, closets and a large open finished space which provides plenty of room to create a third or fourth bedroom along with a family room, play room or office space.
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New Canaan, Connecticut
The Willis Mills house, a classic mid-century modern residence has been carefully updated to reflect today’s lifestyle. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original redwood structure was uniquely designed for its two-acre site by the renowned architect for his own family. Lofty ceilings and dramatic walls of glass hug the outdoor views that are lushly landscaped and marked by a private pool and spa set in a natural rock outcropping.
The property has a vast history of documentation in publications such as Elle Deco, Nov. 2004: Dwell March 2005, Modern Homes Survey, and the National Register of Historic Places has an extensive bibliography.
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Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California
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The J.C. and Gertrude White Coppage Residence, 1927. Fondly named ‘La Casa Gaviota’ after the soaring gulls, this classic Spanish Colonial Revival Residence retains its historic character, as well as a commanding bird’s eye view of the Town and Avalon harbor. An iconic Island landmark, this exclusive residence, designed for grand entertaining, is one of a handful of architectural treasures clearly visible from well offshore. The property is conveniently located at the corner of Maiden Lane and Crescent Avenue, and is just a short walk to ocean front shops, hotels, and the famed Casino. Over 4000 feet of carefully proportioned living space features 7 Bedrooms, two of which are suites, butler’s pantry, formal dining room, office, hardwood floors, and an outdoor loggia.
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Set on twenty acres, Outpost rises from the high desert floor against the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains. The house, designed to age gracefully, was built using concrete blocks, steel and plywood. Large windows on all four sides frame vistas of the changing scenery. A key element of Outpost is the long, rectangular “Paradise Garden”, sheltered and separated from the high desert landscape by eleven-foot high walls. Within, the owner has planted roses, grapes and espaliered fruit trees. Outpost is a residence and a studio/workshop. The entrance/ground floor is the office/studio as well as laundry, powder room, garage and mechanical room. The second floor is the 25-foot open-plan living/dining public space. There is a deck off the living space. The third floor is the master suite.
Bedford, New York
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The Docherty House – Bold modern architecture meets nature. Bedford estate encompasses surrounding 18+ acre natural setting complimented by spring-fed swimming rock quarry, groomed trails, ice skating pond, sustainable herb garden, waterfall, and numerous viewing areas to enjoy architecture, nature, and retreat.
Recent modernist redesign by NY architect Lynne Breslin presents expansive contemporary social spaces, walls of glass, and attention to detail.
Ascending gated private winding drive you enter your own botanical paradise with a sensitive blending of stunning architecture. Teak portico and Mahogany entry doors lead you into an abundance of light presenting clean lines and expansive interior spaces.
Gallery like white walls w .25 inch reveals showcase the homes warm quality finishes. The gourmet kitchen is created for personal enjoyment, as well for professional function. Finishes of white marble and stainless steel exemplify quality. Eating area is illuminated by custom glass ceiling. Adjacent large dining room takes in viewing of dramatic three level open center core. The step down glass walled living room seemingly nests within the surrounding trees above waters edge. Adjacent sitting room stone fireplace is positioned for enjoyment by both rooms, though diffused gliding light panels offers quiet “zen” enjoyment too. Upper bedroom level luxurious master suite is designed for leisure and complimented by it’s own picture window reading/writing room. The cantilevered floor to ceiling glassed master shower is exhilarating. Walk-in dressing closet with seating makes for ease of preparedness.
Enjoy amazing tree top sunsets & waterfall view! Lower level with numerous glass walk-outs offers additional sleeping quarters, large office, gallery area, and professional gym space. Dual motor courts allow for ease of entertaining. Three bay heated garage perfect for the car enthusiast. Architecture. Nature. Retreat. This completely private full-time residence or country retreat will arouse all the senses! One hour north of Manhattan.
New York State
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This architectural waterfront jewel is a restrained study in angles and light designed by architect Charles Forberg, son-in-law of Walter Gropius, founder of The Bauhaus School. A sensation of tranquility immediately envelops you upon entering this one acre property positioned for ultimate privacy with it’s wooded, natural landscape. Ascending the graceful curved drive you are greeted with a floating structure that reflects the ambiance of an island experience, having water on two sides. A place for retreat, reprise, play and home with architecture as art seldom found, not often experienced.
Dramatic waterfront architectural home in desirable Rye location. Light-filled, Japanese diamond themed design. Original architectural plan set accompanies property. All original architectural details in exceptional condition. Expansive decks with private dock. Modern European, eat-in kitchen. Two-sided waterview private setting. Lower level glass. Office/media room. Curved drive and stone motorcourt.
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Best known for his elaborate and period revival homes and buildings in Southern California, Kyson incorporates classic
ornamentation and design throughout his structures. His time spent in Europe following his graduation from Columbia University School of Architecture is reflected in the residence commissioned by George Hoag. A sheltering
arcade/patio with buon fresco paintings leads out to the gardens and detached garage with second floor chauffeur
quarters. A grand circular staircase emphasizing Vitruvian principles of soundness, utility and attractiveness ascends
gracefully to the second floor suites. Enjoying the successes of the late 1920’s, Kyson’s skillful mastery of Spanish Colonial design is reminiscent of Norma Desmond’s larger than life opulent mansion in Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic,Sunset Boulevard. Oversized common areas such as the living room, family room, dining room and solarium
emphasize the grand proportions of the first floor along with Mr. Hoag’s office where he spent his winters away
from the company he co-founded, JC Penny. Includes 3 bedroom suites, 6 baths, chauffeur quarters, 3-car garage & pool.
Sharon’s California House II, 1996
With its commanding choice corner lot in Manhattan Beach’s popular Hill Section, this A.I.A. award winning residence has become a local landmark. The artistic architecture is a studied yet warm expression of modernism, and affords a rare and sophisticated backdrop for gracious living at the beach.
Custom steel truss beams vault the open plan interiors, while rhythmically set solid teak wood framed windows warm the space, and frame panoramic ocean vistas. Working in poured concrete, steel and glass, Horn has floated the embracing U shaped living spaces above the interior courtyard which is walled and sheltered for outdoor privacy and comfort.
While only a few minutes walk to town or the beach, the premier location allows for convenient guest parking, and quiet enjoyment of the Manhattan Beach environment. Residence includes: living room and formal dining room, family room that opens to the private courtyard and direct entrance 2 car garage.
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Of all John Entenza’s California Case Study Program participants, Rodney Walker was the most hands on designer. Julius Shulman recalled Rodney up on a tractor preparing a site on Mulholland Drive for one of his visionary projects. From finding the site, to site preparation, design and execution Rodney was involved with every detail. With his own family residence in Ojai, California it is understandable that this total immersion in process as well as his creativity, unrestricted by the constraints of clients wishes, has resulted in a true masterpiece of twentieth century modern architecture.
While the designs of Rodney’s three Case Study residences are internationally known and celebrated today, his personal residence in Ojai remains virtually unknown, even though those who do know the work acknowledge the creation as his most significant. Rodney modestly did not flaunt his riches.
Rodney was not the first to utilize the equilateral triangle in architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright utilized a modular system of equilateral triangles in some of his designs, and John Lautner designed a small residence with a perimeter in the shape of an equilateral triangle like Rodney’s in 1950. Nevertheless, the Walker Residence design, without sacrificing utility, epitomizes the utilization of the form in the creation of an unsurpassed statement of what today has become popularly known as the modern California lifestyle of indoor-outdoor living.
The carefully chosen site is a unique hilltop on the west side of the Ojai Valley which affords 270 degree panoramic vistas while still providing total privacy for the occupants. Curtain glass walls and mobile glass panels are set back beneath the roof eaves and structural perimeter. From the interiors the effect is cineramic. To steal from Wright: from this vantage you don’t just see the Valley and the Mountains, you are the Valley and the Mountains! The experience is transcendent, and not fleeting. Communing with nature here is a moment by moment daily reality.
The site is over 3.4 acres. A gated private drive curves gently up the hill to a generous parking plaza and the residence entry. In addition to the living areas, there are four bedrooms, media room and three baths.
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