The Massaro House

On a private island 50 miles from Manhattan, a little-known gem by Frank Lloyd Wright just hit the market for the first time.

The Massaro House

Mahopac, New York; $19.9 million

In 1949, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a main house with a guest cottage for A. K. Chahroudi, former owner of Petra Island in Putnam County’s Lake Mahopac. “Presumably, Wright told Chahroudi that this home would outdo Fallingwater,” says Wright scholar Thomas A. Heinz. But only the cottage was finished before Wright died in 1959. For decades, the residence existed only on paper—which is how Joseph Massaro acquired it when he purchased the 11-acre island some 40 years later. He hired Heinz to oversee construction of the unrealized design, which was completed in 2006. The Massaro House sits on the exact site Wright intended it for—a rocky stretch of coast—as seen in his original sketch. “There’s a whale rock that comes right into the house. While excavating, we found the cleft on it that Wright had marked as where to put the front door,” Heinz says. The focal point is a 78-foot-long living room jutting over the water with lake views in three directions. “You feel like you’re on a boat,” says Heinz. The home offers at least one amenity that wasn’t in the original sketch: a helipad for the 15-minute flight to Manhattan. Contact:, 800-326-5432.

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The Millard House

Pasadena, California; $4.5 million

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