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Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Home In Forest Hill (One San Marcos)

We were fans at Usonian, but if you must…the whip cream on top:


Polished concrete floors; radiant heating; chef’s kitchen; custom walnut cabinetry; multiroom sound system; remodeled bath with handcrafted Heath tile; Sub-Zero refrigerator with glass front; Viking convection oven; Miele range; 2,344 sqare feet all on one level; two car side-by-side garage.


Some history on Usonian, and what you need to know from Wikipedia:

‘Usonian’ is a term usually referring to a group of approximately fifty middle-income family homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright beginning in 1936 with the Jacobs House.[2] The “Usonian Homes” were typically small, single-story dwellings without a garage or much storage, L-shaped to fit around a garden terrace on odd (and cheap) lots, and environmentally conscious with native materials, flat roofs and large cantilevered overhangs for passive solar heating and natural cooling, natural lighting with clerestory windows, and radiant-floor heating. A strong visual connection between the interior and exterior spaces is an important characteristic of all Usonian homes. The word carport was coined by Wright to describe an overhang for a vehicle to park under. Variants of the Jacobs House design are still in existence today and do not look overly dated. The Usonian design is considered among the aesthetic origins of the popular “ranch” tract home popular in the American west of the 1950s


Let’s not forget the price and link to more Usonian property picture porn: One San Marcos, $1,590,000.

We look forward to your first fireside chat (we promise to wear our best mid-century ski sweater, and mix some tasty margaritas!) [property website]



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7 thoughts on “Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Home In Forest Hill (One San Marcos)”

  • auden

    May 29, 2009 at 2:09 am

    I apologize in advance for the un – p.c.ness of this comment, but this house is kind of ugly. c’mon alex, that fireplace is just downright fugly.

    I am a huge fan of the fireside chat’s era however. FDR was a fine president.
    Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!

  • auden

    May 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

    actually, after reviewing the house this morning, its pretty good looking after all. My earlier post is incorrect.

  • 94114

    May 29, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I absolutely love this house but I’m not crazy about all of the furniture choices.

  • Lee

    May 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Oh, I am in *love* with this house.

  • auden

    May 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    thanks adding the last line in my post 🙂 Just delete the whole thing. It was a PUI foul and I deserve it.

  • dee

    May 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Sorry to be a differing view but…
    I think the updates to the kitchen and bath are too “of the moment” and already look a bit dated. They don’t just fit.

    And to call this “Usonian” is a bit of a stretch to bring FLW into the mix as a selling point.

  • John

    May 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I have a “differing” view as well. Holding my degree in Interior Architecture and a fan of this period in Residential homes. I would professionally state this house would fit under the “Usonian” style as indicated in the title. I also understand that style and taste is “subjective” to the viewer…but again…would have to disagree with the comment regarding the Kitchen and Bathroom. The seller has stayed true to the materials used of the era in which this house was built. In addition, the lines of cabinetry and lack of any ornamentation reinforce the style and simplicity of the design intent of the period. Good Job and Great House!

    [Editor’s Note: And we’ll keep your email on file when the time comes to remodel a mid-century gem one of these days.]


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