July 15, 2024


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Contemporary home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice in Dauphin County for $750K: Cool Spaces

Nestled in a Dauphin County mountainside neighborhood where custom homes abound, this unique property was dubbed the “tree house” by architect Bill Patrick, who was an apprentice for Frank Lloyd Wright.

Is this home California contemporary or mid-century modern, or a blend of the two much-beloved architectural styles? Take the photo tour and decide for yourself.

This 4,415-square-foot home, built in 1994, has a dramatic angular exterior with multi-cantilevered overhangs in the style of Wright, a well-known American architect and designer. The exterior is a blend of brick, stucco and cedar allowing the home to fit harmoniously into the nearly one-acre lightly-wooded lot.

The dramatic exterior carries to the interior with clerestory windows, beamed, vaulted ceilings with cedar battens, floor-to-ceiling windows, solid rift sawn grain oak doors and accents of brick, cedar and mahogany.

The great room, off of the entry foyer, features a wall of windows, vaulted sound-absorbing acoustic panel ceiling, gas fireplace, accent wall with handmade mahogany shelves and doors that lead to the full-length balcony overlooking the yard.

The kitchen is awash in sunlight with clerestory windows and skylights illuminating the solid rift grain oak cabinets, granite countertop, Wold induction range and Bosch oven.

The bedroom wing hallway, up a set of steps from the main floor, is similarly lit with skylights along the entire wing and a wall of built-in closets providing an amazing amount of storage along the entire wall, and extending into the master suite at the end of the hall.

Two of the sets of built-in closets provide space for the hidden laundry area, only steps away from the bedrooms and baths.

All three bedrooms, and a fourth room used as an office space, are lit by clerestory windows in each room, including the bathrooms.

The office room has a sliding shoji screen that opens to overlook the great room. The three bedrooms have custom built-ins, including platform beds, which convey with the property. All of the bedrooms also have doors that open to the full-length balcony overlooking the yard.

The master suite includes a newly renovated tile shower with glass surround, heated tile floor, double sinks and other custom amenities.

The walkout, daylight lower level has almost 1,300-square feet of space with a family room with beamed ceiling, gas fireplace, additional bedroom and full bath. The lower level opens to the textured concrete patio.

Located at 4729 Great Oak Lane in the Mountaindale neighborhood of Susquehanna Township, the home is listed at $749,900, with sale pending, by agent Ray Davis, with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

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