Transitions in ownership can present both opportunities and threats to Wright properties.
Finding new stewards who understand and appreciate Wright’s buildings is crucial to their preservation. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy works to connect sellers and preservation-minded buyers of historically verified structures attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright through Wright on the Market, a service that we provide free of charge. The Conservancy has also developed a number of publications focusing on the buying, selling and pricing of Wright-designed houses–see links below.
How To List on Wright on the Market
We make every effort to list every Wright-designed building promptly when it is listed for sale, and promote the listing on our social media and in regular email blasts. If you are the seller or listing agent and would like us to add or update a listing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following information in your email:
- Full name of house & year built
- Full address (street number, city, state & ZIP code)
- Listing price
- Seller’s contact information (name, phone, email, website, real estate agent)
- Optional but encouraged:
- Up to 10 photos that we can use in the listing. Photos must be a minimum of 1400 pixels wide. Please indicate how photos should be credited, and whether there are restrictions on the Conservancy using them beyond the listing. In the absence of any written restrictions, the Conservancy reserves the right to use submitted photos in the future in any way that furthers our mission. Photos may be sent separately via Dropbox or WeTransfer as well.
- A description of the building and property, up to 400 words, subject to editing prior to publication. Topics might include square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, description of other rooms, details of construction materials, site acreage and description, outside features or outbuildings, additional items included in sale (e.g. furniture, blueprints), historic site designation (National Register, local landmarking), easements, or other unique details.
Buying a Frank Lloyd Wright Property
Buying a house is a major investment. The Conservancy has created a guide to assist you if you are considering the purchase of a Wright-designed house. Buying a Frank Lloyd Wright Property includes a primer on the various types of houses available, suggestions on working with a real estate broker, and services that the Conservancy can provide to both prospective buyers and to homeowners after purchase.
Selling a Frank Lloyd Wright Property
The Conservancy has created this guide for Wright homeowners to aid them in the process of transitioning their house to a new, preservation-minded owner. Included in Selling a Frank Lloyd Wright Property are suggestions on marketing a Wright-designed house, tips on working with a real estate broker and ways in which the Conservancy can facilitate a smooth transition to a new owner. The guide also includes a review of protections homeowners may wish to consider to make sure their house is preserved for the future.
SaveWright: “So You Bought a Wright House”
The Fall 2010 issue of the Conservancy’s biannual publication SaveWright is dedicated to the experience of buying, owning and selling a Wright-designed property. It includes first-hand experiences by owners who have restored these properties, and describes the challenges and joys of living in a Wright-designed house.
Setting a Price for Wright Houses
Wright-designed houses carry unique considerations when pricing for sale. While their artistry is undeniable, the extent to which that artistry affects a house’s market value will vary from situation to situation. Setting a price based on a realistic understanding of market factors is a key component in encouraging a timely sale. This article is available to Wright homeowners with login access to the Wright Building Owners section of the Conservancy’s website.