Open floor plan architectural masterpiece near Kings River and Ntnl Parks
Deborah and Greg Lapp
- english, german
About Deborah and Greg Lapp
Deb teaches English at Reedley College and has built two homes with Arthur Dyson, who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff and William Gray Purcell. Greg is a composer and teaches choral music and music theory at University High School, also a Dyson building. While writing a book about living in these homes, I am blogging at orgatecture.org. Check out orgatecture.org to see more photos and stories of this incredible home.
Deborah and Greg Lapp purchased this Cottage in 1986
Why Deborah and Greg Lapp chose Sanger
This is an important architectural home, featured on Extreme Homes, winner of numerous awards. According to In Search of Natural Architecture (see photo), 'a dramatic and sinuous design.' The setting is lush and secluded on a creek near the Kings River, and the location is within a short distance of recreation and agri-tourism and only 2-4 hours from most sites in California, including the National Parks, Paso Robles Wine Country, Central Coast beaches. The closest towns are Sanger and Reedley, but Fresno is only 30 minutes away.
What makes this Cottage unique
Watch wildlife from the deck; relax in secluded splendor, experience sculptural organic architecture in 'person.' This is a creative and sensuous home. Just a half hour from Fresno, but seems a world away. Good restaurant/tavern and winery close by.
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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Architecturally interesting and comfortable property in a nice setting.
We enjoyed our short stay here.
Deborah met us personally and was very helpful in showing us the property and the describing the local area.
Nice but needs work.
The place certainly looks nice, but needs some major updating and cleaning. Deck had a lot of loose boards and loose steps with nail heads sticking up. The place was covered with cobwebs on the outside and Bird droppings. Couldn’t get patio door to close until I worked on it. I communicated this to the owner in hopes they would do something. But They came at a hours notice when we called them that a tree had fallen across the the driveway when we attempted to leave. There is certainly is a love of the property by the owner when they come to remove the tree.
Sweet house with lovely outdoors!
My husband and I took our cat to this really cool house for a long weekend. The house was beautiful and unique, and the property was so lovely and isolated, with a little creek, a lot of area to walk around alone, and even ripe blackberries (late July)! The owner also left us lots of little amenities (wine, milk and cookies), which made our stay very cozy.
Check in and check out were simple and easy, and the wifi and instructions were straightforward. I wish all places were this comfortable and easy!
The owner of the house was away during our visit, but she graciously made arrangements with a friend so that the home was available to us. It is obviously an intriguing house from an architecture standpoint and it appears that the owners wish to preserve it as it was built. While I respect that choice, the house is now becoming careworn. Historic architecture alone does not make a desirable rental property. A desirable property should be comfortably furnished and sparkling clean and this house is neither of these. Also, while the listing describes the loft nature of the second bedroom, it does not mention the large circular opening in the master bedroom which effectively means that both bedrooms are open to each other as well as to the main living area downstairs. Very little privacy.
Unique property in a spectacular secluded setting
Such a special unique property. So great to be able to spend a weekend here. Would love to return soon!
Beautiful location, creative living space go together to provide a delightful weekend of relaxation and FUN with our Family! Thank you for sharing this amazing home with us!
a) You need a peaceful secluded place to write, create, retreat in a beautiful home surrounded by forest and creeks.
b) You want privacy to celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary in a sensuous organic home with a beautiful master bedroom and silence, except for the wind in the trees and the music of the creek.
c) You want a home base for California’s national parks, wine country and beaches: Sequioa/Kings Canyon (less than an hour), Yosemite (90 minutes to the gate), Paso Robles wineries (2 hours), Hearst’s Castle, San Simeon, Cambria and other beautiful beaches (2-3 hours). You’ve heard of the Blossom Trail and want to stay in the middle of it (February-March).
d) You want to stay where you can bike and kayak, walk and hike without crowds.
e) You’ve wanted to experience organic architecture from the inside, up close and personal with a chance to meet the architect Arthur Dyson (protege of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, and William Gray Purcell), whose office is in Fresno.
As remote and secluded as the Lencioni Home is, it’s only 30 minutes to Fresno, 10 minutes to Sanger, and there’s a fine popular restaurant-bar called School House and the casual Blossom Trail Cafe a short drive or bike ride away. Award-winning Cedar View Winery is right down the road from School House. The house is ideal for an individual or couple–perhaps one other person or couple who doesn’t require much privacy. You can bring a well-behaved dog. It’s furnished and decorated with a queen bed in the master, two single beds in a guest room, and a fold out futon in the downstairs bedroom/office; kitchen necessities and some luxuries (such as crystal glasses), tables, chairs, and workspaces. Design details make the home constantly thrilling. The house is comfortable, designed to be passive solar, plus heating/AC and ceiling fans and a wood stove.
It's 3.5 hours drive from LA or San Francisco and less than 3 hours from the coast or Sierras (the town is called Centerville because it is in the center of the Golden State).
There's something for you!
Writers, artists, composers: incredibly quiet, creative workplace with space to walk, ride a bike, or enjoy a meal out for a break. Plein aire opportunities abound. Fresno is home to a vibrant poetry and writing scene--this was Philip Levine's stomping ground.
Architects and organic architectural enthusiasts: Owners are 2-time Art Dyson clients, one of whom also works in an Art Dyson building (University High School on the Fresno State Campus). Tour possibilities possible (although not guaranteed--please arrange ahead of time).
Travelers to California: Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Parks are closest, but Paso Robles, Yosemite, and Hearst's Castle, Morro Rock, even San Francisco and Los Angeles are not far--and you are staying in the 'Fruit Basket' of California: Fresh produce abounds.
Outdoor enthusiasts: Besides hiking in the local National Parks, you are in the Kings River Valley, known for fly fishing (rainbow trout) and lake fishing (bass). Kayaking, white water rafting on the upper Kings River (Kings River Expeditions or Zephyr Rafting ) as well as mellower kayak paddles and biking are very popular: The Blossom Trail Ride and the Kings River Ride are two of many rides if you want to join a group. There are several Cycling Shops in the area if want to rent. Horseback riding is available literally around the corner.
The closest city is Fresno (35 minutes), which has a philharmonic, several theater opportunities , speaker series, the Tower District and more!
The house is very cool, but not handicap accessible. There are steps up to every entrance and two of the bedrooms are upstairs.