The Iconic Home Frank Lloyd Wright Built For His Son Is Listed For $13M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
This architecturally significant three-bedroom, four-bath home was prelude to the iconic architect's future work.

In 1952, Frank Lloyd Wright built this concrete block home on a 5.9-acre lot in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona, for his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Gladys. Set in an orange grove, the circular home features sweeping views of the Camelback Mountains, a central courtyard, and a cantilevered spiral walk-up design, which is an early example of the iconic architect's later style. Now, this one-of-a-kind property—the couple referred to it as their Taj Mahal—is on the market for $12,950,000.

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The home is set at the base of Camelback Mountain and looks out toward the surrounding desert.  

The home is set at the base of Camelback Mountain and looks out toward the surrounding desert.  

The home—which is commonly known as the David and Gladys Wright House, despite having been originally titled, "How to Live in the Southwest," in Wright’s plans—features easily recognizable FLW-style interiors, such as hand-cut Philippine mahogany, exposed concrete bricks, custom-designed furnishings, and Wright’s bright and cheerful "March Balloons" carpet. Also included in the listing is a recently restored 360-square-foot guest house. 

The living space features the "March Balloons" carpet designed by Wright.

The living space features the "March Balloons" carpet designed by Wright.

According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, "David and Gladys Wright lived in the house until their deaths (David in 1997 at the age of 102, and Gladys in 2008 at the age of 104), after which the residence fell into disrepair. In 2012, under threats of demolition, Zach Rawling, a Las Vegas attorney, purchased the home with plans to restore the building and open it to the public. On June 8, 2017, the home was then donated to benefit the School of Architecture at Taliesin and be used as a learning center for graduate architectural students and for philanthropy, academic lectures, and community gatherings." However, these plans have since fell through and now the home is back on the market. 

Although the 2,300-square-foot property has received updates over the years, the hope is that a new buyer will be interested in investing to preserve this architecturally significant home. 

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The interiors are a mix of wood, concrete blocks, and custom-designed furniture. 

The interiors are a mix of wood, concrete blocks, and custom-designed furniture. 

 The design also features inward views onto a central courtyard with a plunge pool and shaded garden.

 The design also features inward views onto a central courtyard with a plunge pool and shaded garden.

The concrete block fireplace. 

The concrete block fireplace. 

The kitchen tower. 

The kitchen tower. 

The circular layout is an early example of Wright's later style.  

The circular layout is an early example of Wright's later style.  

A look at the circular courtyards. 

A look at the circular courtyards. 

The beauty of the home is set against the breathtaking natural surroundings. 

The beauty of the home is set against the breathtaking natural surroundings. 

A view of the guest house, which is included in the sale. 

A view of the guest house, which is included in the sale. 

The David and Gladys Wright House is considered FLW’s last residential masterpiece.

The David and Gladys Wright House is considered FLW’s last residential masterpiece.

The property at dusk.

The property at dusk.

5212 E Exeter Boulevard is now being listed for $12,950,000 by Bob Hassett of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty. 

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