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Usonian Automatic for the People

Well, some very special, well-heeled people, that is. Normandy Park's own bit of Frank Lloyd Wright history--The Tracy House--is on the market for $1,159,000 (which pencils out to about $1,000 per sq. foot). This example of Wright's cost-saving Usonian Automatic design comes with 100 feet of high bank waterfront (with access to the private community beach), furnishings designed by Wright, and original drawings, documentation and correspondence with the architect. Constructed from over 1,700 custom concrete blocks cast by the owners, the three-bedroom/one bath home home was completed in 1956 after four months of construction. Original cost? $25,000.

In 1995, the Tracy House was voted onto the National Register of Historic Places. It was recently selected as one of “Seattle's Ten Greatest Homes” by Seattle Met Magazine.

· Listing: 18971 Edgecliff Drive SW, Normandy Park [Redfin]

But if your pockets are a little deeper and your tastes run more to the suburbs east of Lake Washington, you're in luck: The Wright-designed Brandes House is also up for sale. It's on a private, gated lot on the Sammamish Plateau near Pine Lake: $1,450,000.

· Listing: 2202 212th Avenue SE, Sammamish [Redfin]

Frank Lloyd Wright fan Douglas Steiner has put together a website with extensive information and pictures featuring the architect and his works:
· Tracy Residence
· Brandes Residence
· Griggs Residence

(Sorry to disappoint South Sound fans, but the other Wright house in the Puget Sound region—Tacoma's Chauncey L. and Johanna Griggs residence—is not on the market)