For Sale (had to sneak this in)

December 5, 2010

WHAT: Fawcett House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design, with six bedrooms, four and a half baths and 80 acres of land

HOW MUCH: $1,999,9999

SIZE: 3,800 square feet


SETTING: Los Banos is a city of about 35,000 in central California’s San Joaquin Valley, about two and a half hours from San Francisco. The surrounding area is mostly agricultural; San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex is nearby.

INSIDE: The house was designed in the mid-1950s, while Wright was working on the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The design is based on equilateral triangles, with a core living room and kitchen area, and two wings. Mahogany and cinder blocks are used throughout. The concrete floors were stained tan to match the color of the earth outside. The living room features a built-in seating area, a wet bar, shelves and a 12- by 6-foot fireplace. A china cabinet with a wooden screen above it separates the dining area from the kitchen. The master bedroom has a built-in desk and shelves, and an en-suite bathroom and dressing area. The other bedrooms have built-in closets, shelving and desks.

Just north of the house is a workshop, built in the 1980s, with a fireplace and bathroom.

OUTDOOR SPACE: The house is set on nearly 80 acres, mostly leased to farmers; pomegranate and walnut orchards are nearby. Almost every room overlooks the patio at the back of the house; the patio is an extension of the interior floor slab. Next to the patio is a pool. There is also a koi pond, a Japanese rock garden and views of mountains.

CONTACT: Will Klopp and Steve Barsanti, Alain Pinel Realtors, (408)483-2900;

2 Responses to “For Sale (had to sneak this in)”

  1. Laurel Pine Says:

    Wow, I would love to live in a house like that! Just my style!

  2. bill barr Says:

    Isn’t it great!

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