ever dreamt of owning a private island or let alone a frank lloyd wright building? well, with petra island in mahopac lake, new york state, you can have both. currently up for sale, it may set you back a huge $14,920,000 USD, but at just 50 miles north of new york city (a 15 minute helicopter ride) and equipped with a main residence, cottage, guest house, tea house and dock, the 11-acre heart-shaped island is truly the perfect family retreat.

the heart-shaped petra island
all images courtesy of chilton & chadwick



seemingly floating on the edge between the island and the water below, the main residence – the massaro house – was built in 2008 from frank lloyd wright’s final plans. the building stays true to its original design, albeit with a helipad on its roof, and uses natural materials that are characterized in wright’s work. its 5,000 square-foot of space, encompassing six bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, does so with a vast expanse of stone, cement and mahogany.

the main residence extends over the waters edge



it is actually petra island’s 1,200 square-foot cottage that was designed and built by the renown american architect in 1950. frank lloyd wright’s master plan was never completed at that time, after the client’s finances wouldn’t support any further work. jump forward to 2008 and again to 2017, the architectural masterpiece had been fully finished and is now for sale along with the whole 11-acre island.

it combines wright’s famed geometry with his use of natural materials


with the pad situated on the building’s roof, the helicopter can reach manhattan in 15 minutes


the massaro house was completed in 2008, 58 years after wright had completed the cottage


the interior continues the use of cement and stone, but also pairs the materials with rich mahogany


the residence is 5,000 square-foot


the main house was built to frank lloyd wright’s final plans


the continuous panels of glass offer views of the surrounding mahopac lake


the private island is up for sale at $14,920,000 USD


one of the six bedrooms

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