What it’s really like to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home

After many years and few nibbles, Joe Massaro has taken his $10 million private island real estate listing off the market — and the Frank Lloyd Wright home and standalone 1950s cottage that come with it.

Even after a roughly $10 million price drop from the original $19.9 million asking price five years ago, there was “not one offer — and I know why, too,” said Massaro, 75, from his primary winter home in Florida. “For a family to live in this house, it’s not the easiest thing in the world.”

Related: Private island with two Frank Lloyd Wright homes for sale in Putnam County

The design is not the issue, at least for Massaro. He built the unique home on Petre Island in Lake Mahopac according to Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1949 working plans and has not had an urge to revisit or renovate even one inch of the four-bedroom

Read More

Poway home’s remodeled kitchen is up for national design award

Semi-retirees Steve and Barbara Velazquez said they enjoy hosting their large extended family in their Poway home.

But the frequent gathering spot, their relatively dark and dated kitchen, was not as hospitable as the rest of their Old World-styled home that has undergone several renovations over their 30 years there.

“We have a large family and host a lot of family functions at the house,” Steve Velazquez said. “The kitchen is where everybody congregates … so everything needed to be new and made nicer.”

They decided to make a change — one that cost $300,000 and took nearly a year.

Steve and Barbara Velazquez's kitchen before its extensive remodel. They described it as dark and dated.

Steve and Barbara Velazquez’s kitchen before its extensive remodel. They described it as dark and dated.

(Courtesy of Jackson Design and Remodeling)

Now their extensively remodeled kitchen is up for a national design award after winning the Southwest region honor in the “residential kitchens over $150,000” category.

Jackson Design and

Read More

Luxury home designs go high-tech

Luxury home design is trending “smart.”

Big-screen televisions roll up vertically and hide in a piece of furniture. Intelligent toilets greet visitors with classical music, while automatically opening the lid. Smart ovens can be controlled from anywhere in the world.

All these examples illustrate some of the latest smart home automation innovations available for ultra-efficient, comfortable luxury living environments while reducing energy costs.

“Technology is proliferating into every aspect of our lives and all products,” Sun West Custom Homes owner Dan Coletti said. “It’s starting to go into the simplest things.”

A luxury builder in Vegas for more than 30 years, Coletti has seen technology evolve and change significantly as it advances into every room of the home.

The pandemic further advanced the need, and desire, for technology to augment remote learning, working and healthier living environments. Circadian lighting systems and powerful air purification units circulating and scrubbing the air

Read More

This 6-bedroom Dallas home has a spiral staircase in the primary suite

This Dallas home has a transitional design, plenty of large living areas and bedrooms that provide ample space. Listing agent Marti Voorheis of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate said the home was originally built as a custom design for a large family that wanted room to entertain.

The home at 10405 Somerton Drive is part of the Northway Hills neighborhood, which is near the intersection of Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane. It is just a few blocks from the Episcopal School of Dallas.

There are six bedrooms, six bathrooms and one half-bathroom in the home’s 7,438 square feet of space. There’s also a third-level bonus space that is not counted in the square footage. Voorheis said it was originally intended to be a bunk room.

Double front doors lead into the home’s foyer, which is open to the living room. The home’s main living spaces have an open concept design.

Read More