It is in the middle of Lake Mahopac, near the town of Carmel, some 50 kilometres from New York, that this island, the source of much controversy, rises up. Designed but built half a century after the death of the American architect, the villa it houses is not officially recognized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation despite its obvious influence.
It was in 1949 that the engineer Ahmed Chahroudi bought the island and asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design a residence for him, before changing his mind about the surface area, due to lack of budget, and finally ordering a smaller project: a cottage still present on the island. In 1996, Petra Island passed into the hands of its new owner, John Massaro, who decided to go back to the original plans and turned to Wright's disciple, the architect Thomas A. Heinz.
Completed in 2007, the villa is inspired by the aesthetics dear to the great architect, from the integration in a natural site to his predilection for the use of wood. In addition to its six bedrooms and its large terrace overlooking the lake, the residence also has a heliport on its roof, making it accessible from New York in only 15 minutes.
It is currently for sale at $9,950,000.