This mid-century modern Altamonte Springs home was designed for a concert pianist


You can't see it from the street, but once you spot it, this 1969 mid-century modern manse in Altamonte Springs will cause you to do a double-take. Not only is the exterior a unique collection of shapes, the home's interior — and backstory — are just as delightfully artistic.

Located on nearly a half-acre of two conjoined, private parcels of land on Lake Adelaide, the house is just a mile away from Altamonte Mall — you can see the Majesty Building in the distance over the lake in some of the photos — but it's a million miles from the usual.

The house was designed by Frank Sheehy, an award-winning Central Florida architect, who created it for Bill Stubbs, a concert pianist who christened the property "Stubbs Studio."

The heart of the home is the grand staircase ,with stair treads suspended from steel rods anchored to the ceiling. The 18-inch-thick walls around the staircase, made of a limestone byproduct called "chert," extend all the way to the outside, giving it the appearance of a rocky silo. The first floor is decked in terrazzo floors, with an updated kitchen, half-bath and a circular family room with a fireplace. A 22-foot-high living room ceiling opens to the second story. The back of the house is lined with two-story windows, for gorgeous sunset views over the lake. The second floor has two bedrooms with wood floors and updated bathrooms. The third floor holds a studio-den-office, open to the staircase and with access to the rooftop balcony.

Four total balconies, all with new flooring and railings, will beckon you outside. The sellers built a new seawall on the ski lake and installed a new roof in 2018. It's listed for $700,000 by Lois Vonderbecke of Coldwell Banker Realty.

A note to any lookie-lou's in the area: The listing warns, "this house may be under audio/visual surveillance."

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