Midcentury modern architecture birthed an entirely new approach to modern living, with an emphasis on open floor plans and harmony with the surrounding environment—elements still highly coveted today. Natural materials, futuristic designs, and a symbiotic relationship between indoor and outdoor living spaces have yet to fall out of favor.
These atomic-era gems can still be found across the country. Some are immaculately maintained time capsules, others have been rehabbed and restored. Best of all? Many of these aging beauties aren’t just stylish and smart, they’re also affordable.
Home buyers don’t need a ton of cash to score a midcentury modern abode of their very own. We’ve rounded up 11 midcentury classics from across the country, all priced under $300,000. Really!
Take a journey back in time with us and gaze at these 11 marvelous (and bargain-priced) midcentury modern homes.
Brick beauty: Custom-built in 1964, this midcentury modern gem with the bright blue door has been carefully maintained over the decades. Sitting on nearly a half-acre at the end of a cul-de-sac, this three-bedroom home is prime for a style-forward makeover with vintage touches like built-ins and high, wood-beamed ceilings.
Cool debut: Light as a feather and cool as a cucumber, this midcentury classic is on the market for the first time since it was built in 1955. Brick walls, hardwood floors, woodwork, and a family room fireplace add character throughout the home’s more than 2,400 square feet. The four-bedroom property sits on an elevated cul-de-sac just 200 feet from the St. Johns River.
Hamilton Lakes honey: Dramatic spaces can be found throughout this three-bedroom home, particularly in the foyer, fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and built-ins. And while the home’s original ’50s-era charm is alive and well, the sellers, who are also the original owners, have upgraded the property with new windows, floors, paint, and air conditioning. The house is also surrounded by a wooded, nearly half-acre lot.
Chico chic: Sitting on nearly a quarter-acre in a quiet neighborhood, this 1959-built home combines funky retro highlights with modern updates. Inside, there’s plenty of room with 1,700 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms. Outside, there’s a covered patio and two-car garage.
Liddle something: Designed by architect Jay T. Liddle and built in 1960, this 4,000-square-foot home includes custom touches including Andrew Young–stained glass and a dining room with wet bar, which opens to the courtyard. The outside of the home has multiple spaces for entertaining, and the three-car garage currently includes a workshop.
Muskegon midcentury: Built from stone in 1955, this home may resemble a bunker from the curb, but it’s surprisingly light and airy inside thanks to strategically placed windows. High ceilings, masonry floors, cedar closets, a large fireplace, and built-ins are just a few of the highlights of this vintage three-bedroom. New carpet, custom windows, and other upgrades make it a move-in ready option.
South Bend beauty: Built in 1959, this 3,000-square-foot home is a bargain. The four-bedroom residence boasts a great location, signature midcentury elements like high ceilings with exposed beams, a new kitchen, and, best of all, a finished basement with hot tub. Outside, the half-acre lot includes patios, a pool, and decks.
Grande dame: Flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, and brick walls are just a few of the tantalizing details in this six-bedroom home built in 1963. New flooring, kitchen updates, and other upgrades have been completed, and the large backyard includes a pool for staying cool during those long, hot desert summers.
Garden ranch: Wide open and ready to be brought back to life, this midcentury modern ranch was built in 1961 and includes cool period details like a wet bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, double-sided natural fireplace, and redwood beamed ceilings. Inside, the four-bedroom home is a time capsule ready for an upgrade. Outside, there’s the feng shui gardens, screened porch, and a wood shop accessible off the attached garage.
Desert dream home: Built by local developer Oscar Bailey in 1960, this classic home sits on more than an acre just down the street from Joshua Tree National Park and trails. Newly renovated across its 1,200 square feet, highlights of the remote residence include an observation deck, painted concrete floors, and claw-foot tub.
Atomic ranch: Stylish from every angle, this three-bedroom hasn’t lost any of its edge since it was built in 1956. From the street, the Thermoclear wall makes a strong statement, while offering privacy for the property. Inside, the custom-built kitchen features Thermador appliances, the main bath was recently renovated, and new HVAC ductwork and tankless water heater were added. Just minutes to downtown, beaches, parks, shopping and more, the location makes this place just as desirable as the architecture.
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