Okemos, Michigan: Schaberg House, an especially well-preserved and unaltered example of Wright's Usonian style built in 1950, will be sold off along with its accompanying large parcel of land on November 30. Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Auctions will handle the auction; bidding will begin at $595,000, and a deposit of $75,000 is required to bid.
Schaberg House is a 3,800 sq ft, 5 bed, 4 bath home which has had next to no alteration from Wright's original drawings. One small addition was made in 1964 by Wright's apprentice, John Howe; its pristine and original condition could make seeking landmark status quite easy, should the new owners wish to pursue this option.
Frank Diliberto, Inland Real Estate's president, says that "Wright enthusiasts have turned out in vast numbers to consider bidding on the two Wright homes we've auctioned. They are finding that the auction process is a tremendous way to establish quickly the true value of Wright homes, which because of their uniqueness have long been extremely hard to value. This has strong and increasing appeal to Wright homeowners, who often have to market their homes for years on the conventional market in order to identify the value that the auction establishes in just one day."
The five-acre site is almost completely surrounded by 150 acres of natural woodland; while the site may be particularly attractive to developers, nobody is suggesting that the house itself, which is in excellent condition, be removed or torn down to make room for other structures.