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Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Central California on the Market for $4.25M

Courtesy of Crosby Doe Associates

A rare combination of a rural farm and a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Central California city of Los Banos is on the market for $4.25 million.

The 1961-era home sits on 76 acres known as Fawcett Farm. The working farm is leased to a neighbor who grows alfalfa on the land.

So how did Wright, known for such iconic works as Falling Water and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, end up designing a home in agricultural Merced County?

The original owners, Randall “Buck” Fawcett and Harriet Fawcett, reportedly met the legendary architect while taking a course at Stanford University in the 1950s. They subsequently persuaded the aging designer to draw up plans for a home on their family farm.

Wright produced the design in 1955, and the home was built in 1961—two years after Wright’s death in 1959, at the age of 91.

The intriguing property has generated tons of interest, according to listing agent Crosby Doe, of Crosby Doe Associates.

After the deaths of the original owners, the home was sold in 2012 for $1.6 million. The new owners commenced a full restoration and upgraded everything inside and out, says Doe.

The owners consulted with Wright’s grandson Eric Lloyd Wright, and the project was overseen by Taliesin Associate architect Arthur Dyson. The resulting “multi-award winning world-class restoration” and enhancements included improvements to the landscape, gardens, and security.

Restored residence

The original design certainly features many of Wright’s essential elements, including exterior concrete blocks, a horizontal roofline, and a copper covering.

Concrete and copper exterior

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The interior spaces connect with the exterior gardens, and the built-in furniture includes seating, storage, and beds designed by Wright.

The gated, 4,041-square-foot residence has seven bedrooms and six baths. The open layout features a wall of glass doors and a 12-foot-wide fireplace in the main living and dining space. There’s also a family room, kitchen, and laundry room.

Living room with a fireplace

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Glass doors

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Kitchen

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Bedroom

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Office

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The grounds contain a detached workshop, separate guest quarters, swimming pool, Japanese garden, and koi pond.

Pool

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Landscaped grounds and koi pond

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The sellers, preservationists who hail from Sarasota, FL, haven’t been using the home much, according to Doe.

“This is possibly the only Frank Lloyd Wright farm, at least in California,” Doe says. “It’s extremely rare to find one of these properties that doesn’t need restoration.”

The rural locale could be a challenge for the new buyer. Los Banos is about two hours from San Francisco or Silicon Valley, and four hours from Los Angeles.

But Doe isn’t deterred.

“We’ve sold other Frank Lloyd Wright houses,” he says. “It’s always someone who appreciates the aesthetics and the unique environment that this offers.”

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