For many home buyers and owners, the middle of the 20th century represents a golden age of American architecture. Livability, durability, and easy beauty flowed together with natural surroundings to create houses that still appeal to today’s home buyers. Odds are good there’s a lovely midcentury modern on sale in a neighborhood near you right now.
To prove the point, we took a sample of midcentury modern homes currently on the market, and came up with this list of 11 properties, each with its own distinct charm.
In the interest of full disclosure, there are a couple of properties on this list that are still rocking some loud and groovy looks ripe for a renovation. But there are plenty of other addresses below with makeovers already finished that are ready to rock on into the 21st century.
So rev up those retro engines, and let’s take a trip around the country to see all the various ways midcentury modern architecture is still with us and here to stay for many years to come.
Pristine among the pines: The interiors of this time capsule feature dark-stained wood, contrasting bright colors, vintage fixtures, and throwback wallpaper in a rainbow of daring patterns. Meticulously maintained since it was built in 1972, this four-bedroom sits on 29 wooded acres with a pool and pond with resident alligator—which can be removed upon request.
Red retro: Terrazzo floors and updates like the custom-designed kitchen add a graceful modern touch to this three-bedroom home built in 1956. Just minutes from downtown, the home features a brightly painted exterior and a Thermoclear hurricane-impact wall. Highlights of the open floor plan include a glass Florida room with collapsible sliding doors, updated master bathroom, and a picture window overlooking the spacious backyard.
Restored raised ranch: This steel, stone, and glass rambler has been featured in local and national publications. It’s on the market for the first time since it was fully restored. Built in 1963, the home has had a few contemporary conveniences added, including a custom kitchen and modernized infrastructure. Walls of windows and skylights throughout the 2,350-square-foot home blur the indoor and outdoor spaces. They also provide views of the property’s spectacular beauty, including the Zen water feature and reflecting pool.
Low maintenance and lovely: The listing notes this 1969-built home is ideal for a buyer looking for “low maintenance living.” The squat brick ranch offers 1,400 square feet of living space, and features parquet floors in the main living areas, subway tile, and plenty of room to run around outside.
Lakefront luxe: Built in 1972, this lakefront home sits on a private, 10-acre peninsula. Fully renovated last year, the three-bedroom retreat includes a huge kitchen with 12-foot glass doors, finished basement, and hobby room. Outside, there’s a deck, boat ramp, and dock.
Pristine in Palm Springs: Spectacular umbrella ceilings with clerestory windows are a bold midcentury architectural flourish anchoring this three-bedroom condo with mountain views. Updated in all the right places, this home from 1963 is within walking distance to two golf courses and comes with access to two neighborhood pools and spas for resort-style desert living.
Burlington beauty: Another time capsule, this home sits on 6 acres less than an hour outside Durham. Built in 1955, this brick ranch could use a few updates. However, many vintage details are in great condition—from the wood floors to the light fixtures. The six-bedroom home includes a huge basement. When the weather is warm, guests can enjoy the greenhouse and tennis court.
Denver diamond: Fully remodeled, this 1955-built beauty with a bright blue door is located in the Virginia Village neighborhood. It now boasts wood plank floors, stainless-steel kitchen appliances, and a finished basement. The 2,600 square feet of living space offers plenty of room for family and friends to visit and stay a while. It comes with an insulated garage.
Flossmoor fancy: Impeccably maintained since it was built in 1964, this four-bedroom home has a two-toned brick exterior for extra curb appeal. Highlights include the double-door entry and two-story foyer; views of the Flossmoor golf course; wood floors; and newer windows and kitchen appliances.
Lovely in Ladue: Wrapped in wood and sitting on more than an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac, this four-bedroom home is surrounded by multimillion-dollar properties, according to the listing. Highlights include walls of windows, red oak floors, a jet rail staircase, and updated master bath.
Modern and marvelous: Built in 1952, this three-bedroom home had a recent renovation. There now are hardwood floors throughout, designer tile, and vaulted ceilings. Custom pocket doors, closets, and a new deck make this midcentury makeover a true standout.
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