The Real Estate Open House in a New Guise

Here's an interesting if eyebrow-raising way to spin the traditional real estate open house: call it a free modern house tour. That's what William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan is doing this weekend with four modern houses now on the market.

I saw the notice in our local paper, the Record Review, which is hanging on in a paper-only edition (perhaps that's why it's hanging on -- because it hasn't succumbed to the temptation to give away for free what its customers will pay for). Here's what it says:

A rare opportunity for the public to tour four of New Canaan's distinctive modern homes is offered on Sunday, Nov. 1, during an open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

Included are the "Hemicycle House" designed by John Howe, a top apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, Wisc., for more than 30 years; a house designed by a disciple of Mr. Wright, Eduardo Faxas; the Alice Ball House, designed by Philip Johnson and the brand-new townhouse designed by New Canaan's David Prutting with architect Joeb Moore of Greenwich.

The free event is open to the public ... For further information call Rita Kirby at William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty in New Canaan...

By the way, if you're interested in a gallery of hideous McMansions, click here.

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