A Magnificent Neutra-Designed Home in Connecticut Is Listed For the First Time Ever
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A Magnificent Neutra-Designed Home in Connecticut Is Listed For the First Time Ever

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Overlooking a river in Weston, Connecticut, The Corwin House by Richard Neutra is being sold by the original owner for $3,200,000.

One of only two known properties designed by Richard Neutra remaining in Connecticut, The Corwin House in Weston is being sold by the original owner, Betty Corwin—who, in her 90s, still resides in the home. Corwin and her husband had been working with a local architect to design their family residence, when, unhappy with the plans, they reached out to Neutra’s office to see if they could be referred to another architect. The family hit the jackpot when Neutra himself reached out and said he would be happy to take on the project.

Set on 4.3 acres of riverfront property perched dramatically above the Saugatuck River in Weston, Connecticut, the five-bedroom, three-bath Corwin House is well preserved—with only a few updates to the kitchen and baths.

Set on 4.3 acres of riverfront property perched dramatically above the Saugatuck River in Weston, Connecticut, the five-bedroom, three-bath Corwin House is well preserved—with only a few updates to the kitchen and baths.

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According to Rick Distel, the listing agent, Neutra’s original sketch for the home placed the master bedroom at one end of the house and the children’s bedrooms at the other. Corwin was uncomfortable with being so far from her children and voiced her concern. 

Neutra, as the story goes, "Pat her hand and, with a smile on his face, told her to trust him. He explained that they could put in an intercom so that she could be in touch with the children and that she would come to appreciate the distance." The house was built as Neutra suggested. "When she finished telling me the story," says Distel, "she looked at me with a smile and said, ‘You know what? He was exactly right.’"

"The house is so Neutra, yet in a more wooded setting and perched high above the river," says the listing agent Rick Distel. The front door is painted a royal blue and framed by glass windows. 

"The house is so Neutra, yet in a more wooded setting and perched high above the river," says the listing agent Rick Distel. The front door is painted a royal blue and framed by glass windows. 

Walls of glass, a signature Neutra element, are found throughout the home. 

Walls of glass, a signature Neutra element, are found throughout the home. 

The kitchen is enclosed by windows, which gives the home a strong indoor/outdoor connection.

The kitchen is enclosed by windows, which gives the home a strong indoor/outdoor connection.

The kitchen features original, bright yellow St. Charles cabinetry.

The kitchen features original, bright yellow St. Charles cabinetry.

The top of the stairs leads to a warm, wood-paneled dining area. 

The top of the stairs leads to a warm, wood-paneled dining area. 

The home features custom, built-in furniture throughout. 

The home features custom, built-in furniture throughout. 

The living room features a brick-inlay fireplace and a wall of glass with serene forest views. 

The living room features a brick-inlay fireplace and a wall of glass with serene forest views. 

A hallway leads to the family's private space. 

A hallway leads to the family's private space. 

The master bedroom also features expansive glazing and built-in cabinetry. 

The master bedroom also features expansive glazing and built-in cabinetry. 

Perched high above the river, the master bedroom overlooks the beautiful wooded backdrop.

Perched high above the river, the master bedroom overlooks the beautiful wooded backdrop.

An archival photo shows the facade of The Corwin House shortly after the home was build in the mid-’50s. 

An archival photo shows the facade of The Corwin House shortly after the home was build in the mid-’50s. 

Betty Corwin and Richard Neutra survey the plans. 

Betty Corwin and Richard Neutra survey the plans. 

The Corwin House, 25 Huckleberry Lane, is being listed for $3,200,000 by Rick Distel of Compass Realty. The Corwin family is looking for a unique transaction that will allow Betty Corwin to spend the rest of her life in the home. 

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