Organic shapes. Muted colors. Natural woods. Clean, straight lines. A home in harmony with its surroundings. Minimal interior walls to emphasize openness and community.
These are some of the design principles of America's iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose work has influenced the design of several homes now for sale on Long Island. One of the homes included on these pages was conceived by a former student of the 20th century architect, whose only Long Island design is in Great Neck -- the glass, brick and wood Rebhuhn House, built in 1938 and said to resemble Wright's early Prairie houses.
A Wright home is designed to unfold gradually so that you don't see everything immediately, says Michael James Palladino, a Stony Brook architect who built the Prairie-style home in Babylon featured here. "You should walk away, turn around and then look back at it, because that's when you see the real beauty," he says of the Wright style.
This was the goal of the Babylon home Palladino designed -- he says that the comparatively simple front does not belie the intricacies that he hopes will unfold inside.
Here's a look at this Wright-style home and others for sale on Long Island, all of which cite the architect in the marketing of the properties.
PRICE. $6.750 million
PROPERTY TAXES. $16,037
THE BASICS. Five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bath, 1 acre
WHY IT'S IN THE STYLE OF WRIGHT. After a four-year renovation, this "ultimate bungalow," as the listing describes it, was completed in 2014 with the keen attention to detail and fine craftsmanship that were hallmarks of Wright's vision. The original structure was built in 1979. Wall panels and an angled staircase, the latter fitted together sans screws or nails, are carved from African mahogany. Each of the bedrooms has an outdoor deck overlooking the lush landscape, and the private guest suite has a gas fireplace and a full bathroom. The property includes an outdoor kitchen, bluestone patios, heated pool and expansive lawns. "It's all from a time when people actually spent time building things," says owner Larry Naeve.
LISTING AGENT. Patricia Stanis, Halstead Property, 631-553-1971
PROPERTY TAXES. $44,682
THE BASICS. Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, 103-by-174-foot lot
WHY IT'S IN THE STYLE OF WRIGHT. The 7-year-old Prairie-style home on the Paradise Point development with views of the Carlls River and the Great South Bay is positioned to fit in with the landscape. In keeping with Wright's vision, low-slung roofs with dramatic overhangs emphasize the horizontal lines and custom glasswork and cabinetry that can be found throughout the home. A swimming pool and hot tub overlook the water.
LISTING AGENT. Eric Ramsay, Eric G. Ramsay Jr. Associates, 516-319-2252
PRICE. $1.83 million
PROPERTY TAXES. $18,561
THE BASICS. Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 0.4-acre lot
WHY IT'S IN THE STYLE OF WRIGHT. Designed in 1962 by architect Robert F. Lewis, a student of Wright's, this Contemporary overlooks Shinnecock Bay and features a sunken living room with a floor-to-ceiling bay window, an aged brick fireplace, an indoor/outdoor dining balcony and a master bedroom with a 23-foot-long balcony. The house has solar heating and a private pool area and it's near the beach.
LISTING AGENTS. Beau Thomas Hulse and Jane Campbell, Coldwell Banker Beau Hulse Realty Group, 516-429-9675 and 631-320-6661.
PRICE. $1.475 million
PROPERTY TAXES. $27,266
THE BASICS Five bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 1 acre
WHY IT'S IN THE STYLE OF WRIGHT. This 1972 custom-built red cedar contemporary is located in a parklike setting. Wright-like walls of glass open to water views. There are vaulted ceilings, terra cotta floors and a blend of cedar, redwood, teak and Colorado River stone accents. The home includes a sauna in the master bathroom, a heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a cabana and a tennis court.
LISTING AGENT. Sandy Chang, Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, 516-495-0898.
PRICE. $1.129 million
PROPERTY TAXES. $22,564
THE BASICS. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2.01 acres
WHY IT'S IN THE STYLE OF WRIGHT. This contemporary, which was built into a hillside, appears to grow right out of the land. Nature comes inside through massive windows, melding the natural landscape with the house. The use of natural stone on the floor and fireplace and wood siding and the hardwood bedroom floors are also in keeping with Wright's style.
LISTING AGENT. Suzi Chase, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-606-5151
PROPERTY TAXES. $14,726
THE BASICS. Four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1.3 acres
WHY IT'S IN THE STYLE OF WRIGHT. This is a 1973 custom-built ranch with walls of glass and a wraparound deck in a wooded setting. Like a Wright design, the home features long rows of windows, imperfect symmetry, an open floor plan and high ceilings. The Wright-like spherical glass lampshades run along the driveway and inside the home.
LISTING AGENTS. Carol Conigliaro and Janet Pushee, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 516-606-1035, 516-982-8576.