Frank Lloyd Wright’s final residential design goes to auction

Desert living in serious style: The last EVER home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright etched seamlessly into the Phoenix wilderness is to be auctioned for at least $2.5M

  • The Norman Lykes Home last listed for $2.65 million and the asking price was as high as $3.6 million
  • Wright designed Phoenix, Arizona property in 1959, shortly before the opening of his Guggenheim Museum
  • Located in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, the property covers 3,095 square feet 
  • There is an outdoor pool and gated driveway, while the interior plays up Wright’s love of geometry 
  • Second-story office offers 360-degree views, while master suite has a balcony and spectacular canyon views

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The last home that legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed will be sold at auction.

The sprawling property in Phoenix, Arizona, doesn’t have a price tag attached. Auction house Heritage Auctions said there is no minimum asking price. It was previously listed for $2.65 million, but has been on and off the market since 2016 and was as high as $3.6 million at one point. 

The combination of no reserve and $1 million drop off mean a buyer could get the property to sell quickly, according to realtor.com.  

‘This no-reserve auction presents a tremendous opportunity for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright to own his very last residential design,’ says Nate Schar, director of Luxury Real Estate for Heritage Auctions, in a release. ‘[The home’s] stewards have been careful to preserve as much as possible of Wright’s vision. It’s a very special home.’ 

A view of the Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona, nestled in the mountains. Designed in 1959, it’s up for auction October 16

The final residential property designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is available to the right bidder. The most recent asking price was $2.65 million

The final residential property designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is available to the right bidder. The most recent asking price was $2.65 million

The interior of the Norman Lykes Home is draped in Philippine mahogany and circular architecture. The home sits on 1.3 acres

The interior of the Norman Lykes Home is draped in Philippine mahogany and circular architecture. The home sits on 1.3 acres 

Part of circular interior at the Norman Lykes Home, also known as the 'Circular Sun Home' is pictured

Part of circular interior at the Norman Lykes Home, also known as the ‘Circular Sun Home’ is pictured

Nestled in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, the location is a majestic 3,095 square feet with three baths and three beds that captures the ever-changing patterns of light and shadow as the sun travels across the canyon, Heritage Auctions states on its website.

If the picturesque space doesn’t do it for you, there’s a gated driveway and private pool. On the inside, you’ll find a fireplace and central heating within the two-story mansion. The Norman Lykes Home also called the ‘Circular Sun  Home,’ goes to auction October 16. 

The home is built as a series of intersecting circles and features handcrafted Philippine mahogany throughout the interior.  Schar says that look shows the Wright’s ‘fascination with geometry.’ It’s one of 14 circular homes that the master architect built.

Breathtaking views of the desert and mountains are seen from the Norman Lykes Home, on auction later this month

Breathtaking views of the desert and mountains are seen from the Norman Lykes Home, on auction later this month

An office space featuring 360 degree views inside the Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona is pictured

An office space featuring 360 degree views inside the Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona is pictured

A view of the private outdoor pool at the Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona is pictured. The property covers 3,095 square feet

A view of the private outdoor pool at the Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona is pictured. The property covers 3,095 square feet

The master suite offers amazing views and balcony. Other amenities of Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona, include a private pool and gated driveway.

The master suite offers amazing views and balcony. Other amenities of Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona, include a private pool and gated driveway.

Then there’s the master suite which includes a balcony with canyon views. A second-story office offers 360-degree views.

The Norman Lykes Home, on a 1.3 acre plot of a rocky desert bluff, was designed in 1959 shortly the opening of the Guggenheim Museum, one of Wright’s most famous buildings. Updates were made to the home in 1994 and approved by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The home was ultimately built in 1967, after Wright’s death, finished by his apprentice John Rattenbury.  

Master architect Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959 just after designing the Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona

Master architect Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959 just after designing the Norman Lykes Home in Phoenix, Arizona 


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