Fifty-five miles north of New York City, in the quiet town of Mahopac, New York, there's one house that's been mesmerizing visitors since it was built in 1997.
Set on the 10-acre, heart-shaped Petra Island in Lake Mahopac, the cantilevered home's resemblance to Frank Lloyd Wright's is undeniable. That's because Joseph Massaro, who purchased the island in 1996, built the house based on designs by Wright himself.
Back in 1950, the illustrious architect was commissioned by an engineer named Ahmed Chahroudi to build "a masterpiece" on the island he owned at the time, according to the . At a lunch with Chahroudi and Fallingwater's owner, Edgar Kaufmann, Wright even said, "When I finish the house on the island, it will surpass your Fallingwater."
As it turned out, Chahroudi never got his house — he realized he couldn't afford it, so Wright created a small cottage island for him on the island instead. Following a conflict with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which declined to certify the house as one of Wright's, Massaro had it built based on the architect's drawings that came with the island.
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It's about a one-hour drive — or a 15-minute helicopter ride — from New York City.
A pretty darling detail.
The skylights allow natural light to fill the entrance.
And inspired by Wright's designs.
It resembles the bow of a ship and extends into the lake.
The main house is more than 5,000 square feet.
All boasting exceptional mid-century modern interior architecture.
And can be found throughout the home.
This bathroom was also built around the rock at the front entrance.
For optimal sunset viewing.
The home incorporates a waterfall into its design.
It has three additional bedrooms.
Perfect for a Bond villain.
Not bad, considering it's a piece of architectural history.