by Betty Cortina-Weiss | March 10, 2018
The Roost: The Wright Stuff
Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic designs made an everlasting mark on America’s architectural identity. These four homes pay homage to his legacy.
Wright saw each of his buildings as an artistic creation, every individual part designed to compose a coherent whole, a principle on glorious display in this elegant estate on Miami Beach’s exclusive Pine Tree Drive, home to some of the city’s most fabulous residences. With nine bedrooms and 10 baths, the limestone structure features curmaru wood overhangs, mahogany windows and doors, and furnishings by Holly Hunt and Christian Liaigre. An expansive courtyard and a two-story gazebo with a full kitchen, bathroom, outdoor shower and fireplace make the home as opulent as it is organic.
4609 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach
List Price: $29,500,000
Frank Lloyd Wright was famous for his use of organic materials and his insistence that they be treated with care. This stunner of a home in Boca Raton’s historic Old Floresta neighborhood embodies that philosophy beautifully with its tongue-and-groove wood ceilings and coral stone wood-burning fireplace. The one-story, 3,400-square-foot house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with an open layout and floor-to-ceiling windows that blur the line between what’s indoors and what’s outside—another Wright trademark feature. In the garden, an elegant patio, a pool and lush landscaping create the perfect respite.
800 Aurelia St., Boca Raton
List Price: $1,593,500
Wright’s belief that buildings should grow naturally from their surroundings influenced most of his work, and it’s this principle that inspired this magnificent, one-of-a-kind 7,300-square-foot home with wide water views of the Loxahatchee River. It features four bedrooms and a two-story master suite that includes two private patios, a terrace, an office, a hot tub and an adjacent putting green. With impact-resistant glass windows, doors designed to stand up to wind and a whole-house generator, the property is ready for anything nature might throw its way.
5511 River Cove, Jupiter
List Price: $11,800,000
This 3,100-square-foot masterpiece, designed by the late Robert Broward, a Jacksonville legend and student of Wright, sits on a 7-acre lot lined with oak trees. Greatly influenced by his mentor, who famously insisted homes should seamlessly integrate into their geography and landscape, Broward was known for honoring Florida’s tropical elements. Here, he used cedar and glass to create a floor plan that offers views of the outdoors from every room. In addition to the main structure, the property includes a three-bedroom waterfront guest house, a fenced pasture with room for four horses, a barn and a private dock.