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When renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright began designing what is now known as the Massaro house on Petra Island, he told the owner of Fallingwater, another one of his iconic homes, “When I finish the house on the island, it will surpass your Fallingwater.”But in his lifetime, Wright would never see the house built. Instead, the original plans and designs were taken up by Joe Massaro and architect Thomas Heinz, a fact that caused some grumblings among Wright fans and purists in the architecture world.
Joe Massaro addressed the controversy with The Guardian back in 2006, saying “To me, that’s ridiculous. It’s like, if you found a symphony by Beethoven, you wouldn’t play it?”
The heart-shaped island is a 15-minute helicopter ride north of New York City. It was completed in 2008 with a 5,000-square-foot main residence and a 1,200-square-foot guest cottage. The entire 11-acre property is now available for sale for a cool $19.9 million, according to a report by AHAlife.
This is the heart-shaped private island designed by Frank Lloyd Wright located in Lake Mahopac in New York state.
Petra Island is 11-acres and includes a guest cottage and main house, which you can see on the left.
The house is surrounded by 200-year-old beech trees, and was built based on incomplete Frank Lloyd Wright plans.
Like a lot of other Wright architecture, the house melds modern design with its natural surroundings.
This is the upper deck looking out over the water. You can see how well the materials blend with the landscape.
Another view of the entryway, showcasing the geometric skylight that provides the house with natural light.
Petra Island is a 15-minute helicopter ride away from New York City, and even comes with its own helipad.
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