Premier Art Icon Home For Sale…The “Mushroom House”!

By Rich Testa

Donation of up to $100,000 to “Habitat for Humanity” and other charities upon sale!

Rich Testa of RE/MAX Advance always has a vision for a property…especially one as unique as the “Mushroom House”!

Upon meeting the current owners, Christine & Steve Whitman, and seeing their wonderful architectural gem, the sellers and Rich Testa came up with a unique idea. Considering that the home is part of the Greater Rochester Community, why not donate a portion of the sale to charity! Up to $100,000 of the purchase price of $1,100,000 will be donated to “Habitat for Humanity” and/or other charities based on the sellers and buyers request. Regardless of purchase price, a minimum amount of $10,000 will be donated upon the sale. In addition, Rich Testa Real Estate will donate $1,000 to “Habitat for Humanity” upon the sale of the property.

The Whitmans have always opened the doors of their home for the benefit of many charitable and educational activities. The Whitmans state, “We have been honored to be the stewards of such a wonderful property. We do hope the next owners will also be excellent stewards of this treasure. Giving a portion of the sales price to charity is in keeping with our thinking that the community means a great deal to us.”

The superior marketing of homes is not new to Rich Testa. Testa says, “I have a strategic marketing background with consumer product companies and it is important to know the product you are selling, have a plan and execute it to a qualified target audience. The high-end buyer will most likely be interested in and knowledgeable about the arts and nature! The buyer could even be from outside the Rochester area or the country! This is a very unique home and deserves the best marketing possible!”

This rare and premier art icon home is such an amazing opportunity for the most discriminating buyer! Commonly referred to as the “Mushroom House”, the architect James H. Johnson actually fashioned this unique dwelling after a stem of Queen Anne’s Lace. The home’s distinctive retro-modern “pod” design earned it a designation as a Town of Perinton Landmark in 1989. In addition, nature is all around you…being adjacent to Powder Mill Park with a beautiful stream and waterfall.

In 2001, the current owners commissioned James Johnson, the original architect, to add living space to the structure. The new area is linked to the original house by a tunnel decorated with the original owner’s and creative visionary Marguerite Antell’s hand-painted ceramic tiles! The entrance features a mahogany door and frame designed and built by Wendell Castle. Inside and out, the walls and ceiling are sand-molded and decorated by artists including Marguerite Antell, Annie Dunsky Kalnitz, and Pepsy Kettavong. Additional artists who participated in the new living space are Dan White of Keuka Studios (iron work), Tom Scott, Custom Woodcrafter (custom fine furniture), and Adam Chesis (custom woodworking). The new addition is very much in keeping with the original structure…this creative, artful living sets the stage for ultimate enjoyment and wonder! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!

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