Historic Frank Lloyd Wright house up for sale in the valley

It is one of the most famous homes in the Valley, the final home designed in 1959 by Frank Lloyd Wright. The family who has owned it for the past 24 years has put it on the market.

- It's officially called the "Norman Lykes Home," but in the world of architecture, it's also known as "The Last Wright," or the final home that famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed.

"He designed it on his death bed, literally for Norman," Julie Franks said. "This was his last vision, the last one that he actually put down on paper before his passing."

The historic, curved home on a hillside in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve has been in Julie Franks' family since her mother, Linda, fell in love and bought it in 1992.

"It was always her dream, her goal to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright," she said.

Linda Melton spent two years having the home painstakingly restored to the masterpiece it was when it was complete in 1967. She also added a few modern amenities to bring some of the rooms up-to-date, while keeping the home's original character.

The world-famous home is a bit of a tourist attraction for fans of the famous architect.

"We would have people from all over the world fly in at midnight, knock on the door and say, 'I'm sorry, I just flew in from Germany. I would love to see the place,'" Franks said.

The home includes many of the original built-ins and furniture. As for who would make the idea buyer for such a unique and important property?

"Someone who not just wants to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright, but like I said, preserve it for what it is, a piece of history."

The house is on the market for $3.6 million and as you heard Julie say, they want to make sure whoever buys it preserves the history of the home and has as much sense of pride as her late mother Linda did.


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