25 years ago, Life magazine commissioned famed architect John Rattenbury, who had been a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, to design the “American Dream Home” for its readers.
Rattenbury considered Wright “like a father” and learned from him that enduring design responds to what people need – warmth, respite, ease and a sense of nature near by, and he poured those thoughts into his design for the American Dream Home.
“The priority of a house is to honor the family within, not to impress the neighbors,” Rattenbury told Life at the time.
Using the plans and blueprints published in Life magazine in 1997, the owners of 17 Twin Ridges Road in Ossining, NY set out to build Rattenbory’s dream. When completed, the home honored the family, and yes, impressed the neighbors.
Continuing in the Frank Lloyd Wright tradition, spaces flow freely through the home’s mid-century modern design with a zen-like connection to nature.
There are three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a study and an open-concept great room with details such as clerestory windows, custom vaulted 12’ ceilings and rounded, stone accent walls customary to Wright’s signature design.
On the lower level there is a gym, screening room and wine cellar. In the park-like exterior there is custom, hand laid stone surround and views of Stillwater Lake with private beach from an oversized, covered deck.
The home is offered for $1,250,000 with Stacey Oestreich and Nancy Strong, co-founders of The Strong Oestreich Elwell Team at Douglas Elliman. The homeowners would be happy to speak with you more on this special listing, just let me know and I will connect you.