Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed four houses in New Jersey. Now the oldest and largest of those homes is on the market for $1.45 million.
Located in Bernardsville, about an hour-long train ride from Manhattan, the house was designed in the Usonian style and built in 1940. It is one story, L-shaped, and surrounded by woods. It was built with cypress, brick and glass. It has three bedrooms, three full baths and one half-bath.
Wright designed it for James Christie, which explains why it is now known as the Christie House.
“When he designed it, it was ahead of its time,” says Roger Christman, a realtor at Weichert Realtors and the listing agent.
The property has gone through a few owners who have left their mark. It has a separate artists’ studio that was not designed by Wright and has been used as a work space. But the original design has stayed intact.
French doors and large windows give the house natural light.
“Even on a gray day, you feel like it’s still pretty bright out,” Christman says.
It is secluded but close to public transportation, including the train to New York City.
For those who want to stay away from the city, it has plenty of forested areas for taking walks.
Wright would only design for the right space, Christman says.
"He said 'you gotta find me the right piece of property to design this type of house with the evergreens and the sloping terrains and the woods,'" Christman says. "It sits quite nicely on the property."
It has two fireplaces and an updated roof, air conditioning and furnace.