Only three Frank Lloyd Wright homes remain in all of New Jersey — and one of them just hit the market for $1.2 million without an agent.
Only three Frank Lloyd Wright homes remain in New Jersey today — and the owner of one is trying to sell it for $1.2 million without an agent.
Sold for $999,000 back in 2016, the property returned to the market earlier this month and is currently listed as For Sale By Owner. This means that the owners chose to sell it on their own without enlisting the help of an agent — all-day open houses are scheduled for June 22 and 23.
Such a move is particularly unusual for a historic home due to a complex array of problems that can arise over issues involving the condition of the home or the responsibilities that come with appraising a property designed by a beloved architect like Wright.
“For any seller, flying solo means that you have to do your own due-diligence on the prospective buyers,” Nikki Holmes, an agent who specializes in historic homes, told Inman. “Are they qualified to buy your home? An experienced agent who brings a buyer to see your home will have ensured that their clients are already confirmed by a loan officer to pre-qualify for the loan they will need.
Half an hour from New York City, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom property is built in Wright’s signature Usonian style – a single-story wooden property built to blend into a surrounding garden. Constructed in 1951, the 1,800-square-foot property is known as the Stuart Richardson House and located at 63 Chestnut Hill Place in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
Like all Usonian homes, this one is set apart by its hexagonal floor plan — each angle is either 60 or 120-degrees but never completely straight. True to Wright’s belief that architecture should make use of the environment it’s in, the house is made of wood and lets in plenty of light from the surrounding garden through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It was also renovated in 2006 and now has a gated park and an in-ground swimming pool.
“The hexagonal rooms are warmly illuminated by the distinctive triangular recessed lights that the architect also used in the Guggenheim Museum,” reads the listing.
Over the past two decades, the home has been covered numerous times in the press for its unique shape while USA Today once named it one of the “25 Must-See Buildings in New Jersey.”