Built in 1956, this midcentury modern home in Memphis, TN, stands out from the sea of century-old homes on its block. Surrounded by English Tudor–style homes, the atomic-era gem landed on the market for $650,000 and caused a stir.
“We don’t have a lot of midcentury modern homes in Midtown because it is an older area,” says listing agent Linda Sowell of Sowell Realtors. “Most of the homes were built during the 1920s.”
Its relative rarity helped seal a quick deal. The home received two offers within its first 10 days on the market.
“When it came on the market, it was shown constantly,” says Sowell.
The four-bedroom home was designed by architect Thomas Faires as his personal residence. Many of Faires’ commercial projects—including hospitals—were also influenced by the ethos of midcentury modern design.
The 3,600-square-foot home is located in the Morningside Park neighborhood, “which is convenient to downtown,” says Sowell.
The home last changed hands over four decades ago, and it hasn’t been made over with unfortunate updates.
“Everyone that’s owned the house has really maintained the integrity,” says Sowell. “The improvements they’ve made have all been seamless. They’ve tried to maintain things as close to the original.”
With details like period drapes in the living room and original sinks in the bathroom, the home appears straight out of the 1950s. The kitchen features milk-glass globe pendant lighting and honey-hued cabinetry. All of the bedrooms are spacious, and the four bathrooms are luxuriously appointed—two have soaking tubs and the other two boast walk-in, tiled showers.
Wooden plantation-style shutters on the windows open inward, which help keep the home from feeling stark or cold. A built-in bar on the lower level could be used for a media room, workout space, guest quarters, or home office.
And it may not require a ton of upkeep—it’s “solid as a rock,” says Sowell. “The thing that I love about [the home] are the solid walls of windows. It’s so light all the time. The main floor is more for adults. The downstairs is the same layout, but a lot more casual, and for teenagers.”
There’s also a bonus for the buyer: The home’s original plans (both floor plans and landscaping) as well as a book written by Faires, which includes more details about the design, are included with the purchase. The home cast a spell in a hurry—it’s in pending status after just two weeks on the market.
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