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Live in a Neutra

The joys and complications — peeping design students! — that come with buying an architectural masterpiece.


This woodsy Richard Neutra can be yours—for $4.85 million.  

The upper floors of the Woolworth Building, arguably Cass Gilbert’s most famous creation, are turning residential; the Puck’s top floors, too. Zaha Hadid is finally adding her brand to the New York skyline with a condo on the High Line. Cross the city limits, and you’ll find glassy moderns by the likes of Philip Johnson and Jules Gregory for the price of a West Village two-bedroom (or less). Which is all to say it’s never been easier (if you have the cash) to hang your hat in an architectural marvel. Yes, homes like this will cost you a premium to maintain—mahogany and steel don’t come cheap. And yes, enthusiasts will be watching your every renovation move. Some might even show up at your door. But when you’re taking your coffee in a piece of history, that’s all part of the fun.



Jules Gregory: 315 Goat Hill Road, Lambertville, New Jersey
Gregory built this four-bedroom home for his family in 1960—it was voted one of the ten best houses in America in 1961. He lived there until 2006, when his estate sold it to the current owner, Benjamin Storck, who was looking for an 18th-century farmhouse but happened upon this instead. (He wasn’t aware of Gregory’s work before.) Storck and his husband modernized the kitchen and baths but have kept the house as close to the prototype as possible. Its signature double-conoid roof has three ripples on one side and two on another. It undulates inside the home, too.
Price: $899,000.
Agents: Benjamin Storck, 310-463-7595.



Philip Johnson: 523 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, Connecticut
Johnson designed this three-bedroom, three-bath in 1953—a precursor to his Glass House. It comes with a guesthouse-slash-garage and a courtyard designed by Johnson and approved plans for another structure that can be added to the estate.
Price: $2.795 million.
Agents: Inger Stringfellow and Prudence Parris, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.



Shigeru Ban: 67 Franklin Street
This under-construction 3,809-­square-foot penthouse duplex with two terraces totaling 1,531 square feet of outdoor space sits atop a landmarked cast-iron loft building reconceived by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize. Consistent to Ban’s aesthetic are its 20-foot-high living room that lets in plenty of natural light and telescoping walls that open the indoors to the outdoors.
Price: $12.95 million.
Agents: Danika Dorsey, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group.



Richard Neutra: 2860 Paper Mill Road, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania
This six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath creation—dubbed the Pitcairn House—sits on a cliffside spot about 20 miles southwest of Trenton. Its 10.1 acres are surrounded by the Pennypack nature conservancy.
Price: $4.85 million.
Agents: Susan Ravenscroft and David Harrington, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty.



I. M. Pei: 330 E. 33rd St.
Pei designed this concrete-and-metal structure, which spans an entire city block, in the late 1950s; it was conceived as middle-income housing by Robert Moses. A rent-stabilized tenant’s currently living in this studio, hence the discounted price.
Price: $339,000.
Agents: Oren Shalev, Anchor Associates.


Richard Meier: 165 Charles St.
For the first time since this condo was completed in 2005, the glassy four-bedroom, four-bath penthouse with Hudson views is up for sale. Meier also designed the interiors.
Price: $40 million.
Agents: Scott Harris and Sophie Ravet, Brown Harris Stevens.



Edward Durell Stone: 3 Dogwood Ln., Darien, Connecticut
Stone, who designed the lobby and ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center, and the Kennedy Center, built this Japanese A-frame in 1954. Its living-room window spans two floors.
Price: $1.6 million.
Agents: Mary Lopiano, Halstead Property.


Horace Trumbauer: 3 E. 95th St.
Trumbauer, who designed a large swath of Duke University, created this townhouse in the early 1900s. Nearly a century later, it has been carved into apartments, like this seven-bedroom duplex with grand entertaining rooms and 20-foot-tall ceilings.
Price: $34.9 million.
Agents: Carrie Chiang, the Corcoran Group.



Frederick Sterner: 44 Gramercy Park N.
This two-bedroom sourced to Frederick Sterner has castlelike interiors punctuated by stained-glass windows, intricately carved coffered ceilings, and other Tudor flourishes.
Price: $6.5 million.
Agents: Roseann Barber and Mary Rolland, the Corcoran Group.


James Sarsfield Kennedy: 8220 Narrows Ave., Bay Ridge
As a child growing up in Bay Ridge, owner Jerry Fishman was always fascinated by the “Gingerbread House.” His mother told him he’d try to clamber out of his stroller every time they passed it. In 1983, he and his wife bought it.
Price: $10.5 million.
Agents: Vicki Negron and Carrie Chiang, the Corcoran Group.



Annabelle Selldorf: 200 11th Ave.
This condo made headlines for its space-age car elevator, but its bold and airy apartments, typical of Selldorf, are the main attractions.
Price: $20 million.
Agents: Leonard Steinberg and Hervé Senequier, Urban Compass.


Paul Rudolph: 23 Beekman Pl.
Rudolph left his mark on this multifamily townhouse, which also served as his home, by adding a modern penthouse addition. Architects and design students have reportedly been clamoring to tour it while it’s on the market.
Price: $28 million.
Agents: Karin Posvar Picket and Robert Varvara, the Corcoran Group.



Your very own Frank Lloyd Wright for the cost of a two-bedroom on the Upper West Side ... in Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1953, this three-bedroom 19 miles from Cleveland—named the Penfield House—sits on 18.45 acres. (It comes with two other, non-Wright structures.) The owner’s family commissioned the plans directly from the architect. It’s been a vacation rental for more than a decade—the owners prefer to keep the address private except to interested buyers, so their renters aren’t inundated by visitors who want to check out his work—and is furnished mostly with Wright’s pieces.
Price: $1.7 million.
Agents: Paul and Donna Penfield, penfieldhouse.com.


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