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Frank Lloyd Wright's Penfield House is on the Market in Willoughby Hills, Ohio 

The 30 acre property also contains the last original building site and plans for Wright’s final residential commission, Riverrock, designed in 1959 and unbuilt.

Listed by the Karen Eagle Real Estate Group
$1,300,000 | 3 BEDS | 1 BATH | 1,730 SQ.FT. | MLS # 3931009



The Louis Penfield House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1955, is currently for sale and listed at $1.3 million. The home has had one owner and sits on a rise overlooking the Chagrin River in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

The 30 acre property also contains the last original building site and plans for Wright’s final residential commission, Riverrock, designed in 1959 and unbuilt. View the Riverrock Virtual Tour.  

"The Penfield House is a piece of history and has been very well cared for throughout its life," says Karen Eagle, Realtor with Howard Hanna. "The house, combined with the generous piece of property bordering the Chagrin River, provides the perfect setting for an inspiring, peaceful lifestyle."

Penfield is a completely restored Usonian home featuring a floating staircase and a 12’ floor-to-ceiling glass walled living room; offering a panoramic view of the distant bluffs of the Chagrin River, constructed of heavily textured concrete block with deeply raked horizontal mortar. 

All of the Wright-designed furniture is included. The fully functioning radiant-floor heating system is fueled by one of two natural gas wells located on the property. The kitchen counter top was milled from a tree toppled in a storm fifty yards from the house. 

Using material provided by the land furthers Wright’s vision of organic architecture. The property offers heavily wooded acreage with approximately 600’ of river frontage and is enrolled in the American Tree Farm System. 

Penfield House has operated as a vacation rental since 2003 and is offered for sale as either a private residence or ongoing tourist destination. Occupancy rate averages 285 nights annually.

Two more income-producing houses are located on the property, with three units total; all are currently tenant-occupied. 

"With low taxes and no gas bill, this property offers a solid business opportunity for an investor or for a Frank Lloyd Wright fan," adds Karen Eagle.

Pre-qualified buyers should contact Realtor Karen Eagle at (440) 773-6187 or kareneagle@howardhanna.com.


Penfield Property Description Document PDF:

ADDRESS: 2215 River Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

FULL PROPERTY SPECS:  
2215riverrd.howardhanna.com

School District: Willoughby-Eastlake
Architecture: Contemporary/Modern
Taxes: $9,277.00
Year Built: 1955

INTERIOR FEATURES:
Range
Counter range
Oven
Refrigerator
Natural gas heat
Radiant heat
Smoke alarm

EXTERIOR FEATURES:
School district: Willoughby-Eastlake
Lot acreage is: 29.1200
Land is sub-dividable. 
Lot on or near river
Wooded lot
Asphalt roof
Unpaved driveway
Public water
Total square feet: 1730


RECENT ARTICLES ABOUT THIS PROPERTY LISTING:

From Architect Magazine

Frank Lloyd Wright's Penfield House is Back on the Market
This 1,730-square-foot house in Ohio is one of the nine Usonian houses the architect designed in the state, and can be yours for $1.3 million.

By AYDA AYOUBI

Built in 1955, the Louis Penfield House in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, is one of nine Usonian houses Frank Lloyd Wright designed in the state. The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom single family house is now listed for sale by Howard Hanna Real Estate Service for $1.3 million. Included in the price are more than just the Penfield House. You also get the plans for the Riverrock House—an unbuilt residence Wright designed in 1957, and which is believed to be his last residential commission—and its original 11-acre lot. Your $1.3 million also gets you an 1867 farmhouse and a 1940s cottage, neither of which were designed by Wright.

Named after artist Louis Penfield, who commissioned Wright to design a house to accommodate his 6-foot-8-inch frame, the house features an exceptionally high ceiling, a narrow floating staircase, tall doors, and 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding wooded area and a distant overlook to the nearby Chagrin River.

According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Penfield ceased construction as soon as the overall cost hit the $25,000 budget he had agreed on. As a result, a number of Wright's original custom-designed furniture and cabinets were not built. After inheriting the house from his father, Paul Penfield completed the furniture set based on Wright's original design and undertook a four-year-long restoration, for which he sourced wood from the house's farmland.

In 2003, the Penfield House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and, since then, has operated as a vacation rental. "This allows Wright enthusiasts a chance to have the place all to themselves, to experience it not as a house museum, but as their own home, like I did as a kid," says Paul Penfield in a November 2004 article in This Old House Magazine. "Besides, nobody just lives in a Wright house: they evolve in it. I'm not the same guy I was four years ago. By the time I'd taught myself carpentry, cabinetry, welding, wiring, plumbing, heating, masonry and how to operate bulldozers and backhoes, I'd changed. Maybe that's the real meaning behind the word 'organic': change. While I restored the house, the house was restoring me."

The Penfield House was last listed in 2014 for $1.7 million


From: WSJ Mansion Global

Frank Lloyd Wright House And Additional Plans―For Sale for $1.3 Million
The Ohio home comes with furniture designed by the famed architect as well

BY V.L. HENDRICKSON, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 11, 2017
MANSION GLOBAL

That price includes the 1,730-square-foot home built in 1955, as well as plans for Wright’s last-known residential design, dubbed Riverrock.

For those who’ve dreamed of living in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, there’s now a chance to scoop up not just one, but two of the famed architect’s creations.

The Louis Penfield House, a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home overlooking the Chagrin River in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, was listed on Thursday for $1.3 million. That’s $400,000 less than when it was last on the market in 2014, according to public records.

That price includes the 1,730-square-foot home built in 1955, as well as plans for Wright’s last-known residential design, dubbed Riverrock.

“If someone were to have Riverrock built, it would be the very last Frank Lloyd Wright house,” said listing agent Karen Eagle of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

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Wright’s designs are famously site specific, and Riverrock was conceived around a large tulip tree on the 30-acre estate, Ms. Eagle said. The plans were made in 1959, and were on the architect’s drawing table when he died, according to listing information. The family received the plans soon after Wright’s death at age 91 in April 1959.

The Louis Penfield House is still in the Penfield family, and is now managed as a vacation rental, the agent said. It’s also used for events, she said, adding that she first visited the house for a friend’s birthday party 10 years ago.

“When the owner called me to list the house, I almost fell out of my chair,” she said. “I told him I knew the house; I went to the best party of my life there.”

There are two other income-producing buildings on the property, a farmhouse and a cottage, which predate the architect’s work there. Both those buildings have long-term tenants.

“Someone might purchase this home because they are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan,” Ms. Eagle said. “But it’s also a nice little business that brings in more than $100,000 a year.”

The home has a light, expansive look, with 12-foot glass walls making up the facade. Tall ceilings were a design must for the original owner, who was very tall. The floor-to-ceiling windows also allowed for expansive views of the bluffs of the Chagrin River.

The Louis Penfield House is one of the architect’s practical Usonian homes, built for middle-class clients. Dark wood, a hallmark of a Wright home, can be seen throughout the house, including its floating staircase and paneling.

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The kitchen countertop was made from a tree that was felled on the property during a storm, enhancing Wright’s vision of “organic architecture.” All of the Wright-designed furniture is also included in the house, according to the listing. That includes built-in bench seating and shelves.

Radiant-floor heating is fueled by a natural gas well on the property, which is heavily wooded. The land is also part of the American Tree Farm System, a program that works to sustain forests and wildlife habitats, according to its website.

Louis Penfield’s son, Paul, manages the estate. At 72 years old, he is ready to retire. The home, which is about 20 miles west of Cleveland, is one of only 11 Wright-designed ones in Ohio and attracts aficionados of the architect.


ABOUT KAREN EAGLE, REALTOR:

Karen Eagle is an award-winning real estate executive with 20+ years of marketing, sales, publishing and branding experience. Her clients value her discretion, marketing savvy and exceptional client service.

An effective communicator and incredibly organized Realtor, Karen pays close attention to detail, making her transactions as efficient as they are rewarding. Karen possesses a unique ability to advise how to quickly stage a home while effectively creating optimal exposure for her listings. She goes the extra mile and uses her natural talents to make every sale and purchase a positive experience.

Whether introducing a first-time buyer to the market or leading a high-end seller through a complicated closing, Karen respects the uniqueness of each property and the privacy of every client.

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  • Received Howard Hanna’s “Very Best of the Best” Award
  • Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction Accreditation
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  • Received the OAR Ohio Presidents Sales Club Award
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  • Certified Negotiation Expert
  • Specialty Areas: Chagrin Valley, Ohio; Chagrin Falls; Gates Mills; Greater Cleveland Real Estate

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