Architect: Charlie Zehnder
Northeast Pond House, Cape Cod, USA
From approx £2,100
‘Yankee ingenuity meets Modernist simplicity’
Designed by Charlie Zehnder in 1970, the house hovers above the secluded Northeast Pond (looking across to Great Pond) with no other building in sight.
The massive masonry base anchors the broad cantilevering decks and eaves out into the landscape. Zehnder’s interest in Frank Lloyd Wright as well as intimate understanding of the Outer Cape’s terrain and climate are clearly seen, with the plan pin-wheeling around a massive hearth and stretching out to take advantage of views and the prevailing breeze.
There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and the beach is a five minute walk. Furniture and art in the house has been collected and donated to help contextualise the architecture.
Positioned on the Outer Cape, the house is close to some of the best beaches in America. The Cape has long been a popular holiday destination, which has inspired visitors like Edward Hopper who spent ‘40 of his 84 summers’ there, as well as Henry David Thoreau and the Kennedy family.
The nearest town, Wellfleet, is well known for its art galleries and seafood. Further up the Cape is Provincetown, one of the oldest artists’ colonies in the US, which retains a unique character, and is a popular destination for shopping and dining.
Between 1930 and 1970, more than 100 houses were built around Wellfleet and Truro by a variety of architects and designers, many of them refugees from Europe who had taken posts at East Coast universities like Yale and Harvard.
The houses and cottages were designed to be rural retreats, and the Cape was selected for its spectacular, unspoiled landscape. The group included Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus, his former student Marcel Breuer and Serge Chermayeff, one of the architects behind the De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex.
Flights to Boston Logan International Airport, train or car to Wellfleet.
Jun $2,750 per week
Jul-Aug $3,750 per week
Sep $2,750 per week
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.