Inside Richard Neutra's Stunning Rural Pitcairn House
If you've been holding out for an extra special reason to ditch city life for the country, there's a 6,000 square-foot one waiting for you in rural Pennsylvania. Check out the Pitcairn House, one of architect and mid-century modern master Richard Neutra's showpieces.
It first hit the market in March of last year, but the price recently dropped to $4.85 million. Admittedly well beyond most budgets, but more than fair once you see what it gets you.
The Austrian-born architect—who briefly worked under Frank Lloyd Wright early in his career—made a big name for himself in the mid-century modern heyday designing specular, airy homes around Southern California.
Completed in 1962, Pitcairn is a unique entry in his portfolio for its seclusion and total privacy, set on 10 wooded acres outside an 812-acre nature preserve that's 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia.
From some angles, it looks like the Pennsylvanian twin to Ferris Bueller's Cameron Frye's house. Unfortunately, no Ferraris here.
The house is being sold by its original owner, who took meticulous care to keep it up. With a few exceptions, it's just as it was when it was new in the '60s, with furniture to match. As you can tell by the open high-ceilinged living room, the place is set up for supreme comfort. There's no shortage of nature either, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a nearby ravine.
In keeping with much of Neutra's other work, the spread is a testament to the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Weather-permitting, of course.
The stone-clad facade does a great deal to camouflage the place, like the lair of a sophisticated backcountry Bond villain.
Not that you'd want to hide it from anyone considering the glut of standout spaces worth showing off. Take this unique spiral staircase for instance, which apart from the illusion that each step is floating untethered, conceals a special swim-in-place indoor pool.
One of the few newer additions includes the kitchen, which was totally revamped in 2000. The modern vibes haven't changed though, and considering its filled with top-of-the-line appliances, there's no reason to complain.
One of the others is this video editing suite, screening room, and soundproofed recording studio.
All five bathrooms have been re-done also, including the master suite's, which comes complete with separate dressing room and a whirlpool tub.
No need to fret over never-ending houseguests, there's a 500 square foot private apartment right off the living room.
And once your friends get wind of how spectacular this place really is, it should get quite a bit of use.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He's currently enlisting new friends with beautiful country homes they never visit.