Frank Lloyd Wright’s visionary style led him to become one of the world’s most famous architects with many famous structures that are widely recognized. Now his breathtaking, 4,000 square-foot home located on a 96-acre ranch in Los Banos, California is on the market for $4.25 million.
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A Masterful Meld of Styles
Many know Frank Lloyd Wright for his prairie-style architecture, which was a bold attempt to create home designs that were truly unique to the American style at the time. The ranch currently for sale is a Usonian home, which is a word that Wright coined. It describes the new character of America’s architectural designs and belongs to just 60 single-family homes that Wright designed in the later years of his career.
The Fawcett Farm boasts Wright’s iconic Prairie School style that is beautifully blended with distinctive, mid-century modern elements. The house was completed in 1961, just two years after Wright passed away in 1959, and is one of the last three homes he designed.
The home features a flat roof, overhanging eaves, and banded windows that incorporate the beautiful nature outside, bringing it indoors with awe-inspiring views from every angle. Horizontal lines pay homage to America’s flat prairie landscape. It’s clear that Fawcett Farm brings the brilliant design together with nature to create a harmonious effect.
This is a bold example of that concept, which Wright referred to as organic architecture. The home has seven bedrooms and six full baths, and each room is filled with geometric motifs, glass walls, and hardwood frames. A large, open floor plan brings the dining room, living room, and family areas together seamlessly.
Practically every square inch of the home is bathed in natural light.
Where Design and Function Meet
When one observes the details of Fawcett Farm, it’s clear that Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home to mesh form and function together in an easy, seamless manner. The primary bedroom and entertaining areas open up to the outdoor pool deck and a large patio. The recessed pool is surrounded by stunning landscaping and many native plants, including palm trees.
It also features stone walkways, a Japanese garden with a waterfall and koi pond, and acres of cropland. The ranch is also zoned for horses, and it includes a detached workshop and a small museum.
This home is full of mid-century details, including wooden built-ins like custom cabinets, seating, and shelving. There are fireplaces in the family room, living room, and primary bedroom, and almost every room offers stunning mountain views that bring a sense of peace and calm. This ranch is situated in California’s San Joaquin Valley, an area well-known for its fertile landscape located on the edge of preserved wetlands.
Upon your visit to Fawcett Farm, you would expect to see a vast variety of birds and wildlife.
While the bones of the home were designed by Wright himself, it underwent extensive restoration under the consultation of Eric Lloyd Wright, who is Frankl Lloyd Wright’s grandson. This was done per the request of the home’s new owner, and the ranch and home were previously owned by the famous Chicago Bears player, Buck Fawcett. Eric Lloyd Wright worked tirelessly to restore the home to its original beauty so that his grandfather’s legendary work would continue to live on in the hearts and minds of Americans who truly appreciate the genius of his architectural designs.
The listing is held by Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates. Photos courtesy Crosby Doe.