Overcoming a Recalcitrant Owner
Misty Brownell calls the sale of the Cooke House in Virginia Beach last November “the highlight of my 14-year career.” The 3,000-square-foot passive solar house, completed in 1960, included a 70-foot semicircular great room with a 40-foot sofa designed by the architect, a spa and sauna, and a bank of windows looking out on Crystal Lake. Her challenge was not the house, which was in great shape, or the location, also great, but the 91-year-old homeowner, who was ambivalent about letting it go.
The house had been on and off the market for about 15 years without receiving a single offer when Ms. Brownell, a Realtor with Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty, received the listing in March 2016. The owner had a magnificent art collection, and Ms. Brownell spent several months convincing him to put it in storage. “With a house of this magnitude, you really needed to remove all that stuff to see the house. This was the work of art,” Ms. Brownell said.
Having succeeded in her request, Ms. Brownell created a video to demonstrate what living in a Wright house might be like. And she did extensive research on the architect, and the market for his houses, which prompted her to lower the asking price to $2.75 million from $3.75 million.
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PHOENIX — The coiled concrete-and-steel house built by Frank Lloyd Wright here, which had been under threat of demolition since its sale in June to a pair of luxury home developers, may have found its savior in an anonymous buyer who has agreed to pay the asking price of $2.379 million, all of it in cash.
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The agreement, struck late on Wednesday, offers exactly what preservationists, elected officials and the Wright family have fought so diligently to accomplish: It keeps the house from being razed. It is, however, only the first step in a transaction that needs to withstand the scrutiny of a home inspection and the volatile relationship between the city and the current owners, who have vociferously opposed the city’s efforts to give the house landmark status.
On Thursday, Mayor Greg Stanton pledged to stay the course, saying, “We’re going to ensure the house is designated historic, as it should be.”
Who was Frank Lloyd Wright?
Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture (exemplified by the Robie House, the Westcott House, and the Darwin D. Martin House), and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.
The property is located at 2722 W. Burnham, Milwaukee. You can check out the neighborhood on google earth.
These homes are considered works of art. They come up for sale rarely and for many us of on the west or east coast $200,000 would not even buy us a 2 bed/2 bath condo. Since these homes are considered works of art the appraisal’s scope of work may go beyond the scope for your “typical” american home and an appraiser that specializes in this area may be needed. Contact the appraisers at www.socalappraisalserv.com is you have questions about appraisals on customs homes.
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