You Say You Want a Revolution?

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November, 2006

Every day is a turning point for this mid-century Modern

If you’re looking to live some-where a bit out of this world, then Richard Foster’s “Round House” might just be the ticket. This spaceship-like structure revolves at 10 different speeds, giving views of a pond, meadow and tree-covered hills through a 9-foot-high wall. The architect, a partner of Philip Johnson, built it for his family in 1968.

Michael Von Oehsen bought the house in Wilton, Conn., a town bordering New Canaan, two years ago from the architect’s family for $1.55 million and spent $900,000 in renovations.

He hired Al Salsano of New York City to oversee a complete renovation — removing interior walls, installing a new kitchen with ash-wood cabinets and updating bathrooms, including replacing the tile in the serpentine-shaped shower with small tumbled marble. He also added a pool to the 3.8-acre property.

The house is currently on the market for $2.295 million. Coldwell Banker agent Nancy Noonan, who has the co-listing with Joan Madden, recently rented the house to Sandra Singh for one month for $19,000.

“It was a fantasy,” Singh says of the experience, “Just the luxury and comfort. Just sitting at the dining room table and rotating.”

Von Oehsen, who has homes in the Hamptons and Puerto Rico, found living in the house “magical…If you don’t like the view, just wait a minute.”