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Spring Real Estate Round Up
Docomomo US staff
John Lautner's personal residence
2007 Micheltorena St, Silver Lake, CA
The architect’s own residence. On the National Register of Historic Places. When the work was published, architectural critic Henry Russell Hitchcock called it the “best house by an architect under 30 in the U.S.” Historian Alan Hess wrote of Lautner’s work, “they embodied kinetic energy, rising and looping skyward in exhilarating leaps – one of the vernacular and visceral designs of freedom that Lautner appropriated in his art.” When built, the two bedrooms in the residence were accessible from a balcony which has since been enclosed. Yellow stucco and natural redwood were the original finishes of the house. Natural ventilation was created by sloping the ceiling over the two-level main living space so that the warm air would rise and exit above the kitchen. A patio just outside the kitchen & dining area expand indoor/outdoor flow. 2 bd/2 ba + bonus/bd, original built-ins, fireplace in living room, & views of the surrounding hills.
International Style home (Knives Out cameo included)
37 Laurel Dr, Lincoln, MA $1,400,000 Built 1957 Located at the top of the cul-de-sac in the Modernist enclave of Brown’s Wood in Lincoln, the Hill House is a dazzling International Style Mid-Century-Modern home. The house was designed by Walter Pierce, who planned and developed the pioneering Peacock Farm neighborhood in Lexington, and the “Peacock Farm House” design built first there (and soon replicated in other neighborhoods and towns). Unlike the Peacock Farm House, 37 Laurel is closer in design to Pierce’s own home and informed by Bauhaus and West Coast-via-Japan architectural principles. Indeed, the house is reminiscent of Marcel Breuer’s own house, also in Lincoln.
East Coast Neutra
25 Huckleberry Lane Weston, CT
Few names evoke immediate reverence. Richard Neutra is one of them. One of the greatest contributors to modern architecture, Neutra mastered the notion that when art and function merge, great architecture results. The Corwin House, commissioned in 1955, remains a reminder of this simple principle. The Corwin House is one of only a few known homes in Connecticut designed by Neutra, giving it a significant place in the mid-century modern architecture world.
1549 Rising Glen Rd Sunset Strip, CA
This iconic Mid-century is an organic masterpiece; recently featured in AD. Standard Architects re-imagined the property & their concepts were brought to life by VRB. The finished product is a harmonious blend of Mid-century & Scandinavian design w/all the latest & greatest modern amenities. An asymmetrical roofline cladded in cedar wood throughout the entire house frames a living space crafted around a seamless California indoor-outdoor floor plan. Oversized light-filled rooms include a luxurious master suite featuring a modern bathroom w/freestanding tub, influenced by John Pawson’s Baron House, walk-in oak closet & private outdoor lounge w/fire pit. Frameless clerestory windows & floor to ceiling glass sliders open to a private, secluded oasis & saltwater Basalt pool. Amenities include a barrel sauna w/oversize heater & Hoshizaki icemaker w/stainless steel immersion tub for Wim Hoff method. Experience the golden era of Mid-century architecture & the pinnacle of style & design.
NR-listed Harry Hammerman House
219 Graybridge Road St. Louis, MO
The Harry Hammerman House, which is included on the National Register of Historic Places, is a true marvel of significant MCM architecture in St Louis. This important mid-century masterpiece has been completely renovated and features new walnut flooring, expansive floor-to-ceiling & clerestory windows, vaulted ceiling with coved lighting, wood-burning fireplace and deep, private ¾ acre lot. During the complete renovation, the home was enhanced & expanded with a kitchen addition and oversized 3-car garage.
MCM with Hollywood Sign view
3378 Ledgewood Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068
The Malinoff Residence, Robert Malinoff (1958). Built for his own family while still a student at USC School of Architecture, Malinoff's design clearly embraces the tenets of his place of study. Simple materials elevated by their use, a clear expression of structure, and an openness to the outdoors without sacrificing privacy. The home displays a level of sophistication that would make it easy to mistake as having been built by one of his more famous contemporaries. A recent sympathetic renovation by HabHouse shows their adept skill in recreating period details wherever they have been lost. System and functionality updates have also been made, readying the home for only its third inhabitant since built. An incredibly peaceful and lush Beachwood Canyon setting; well situated for easy access to all of the city, yet seemingly a world away from it.
Quintessential & fun atomic ranch
74387 Peppergrass St, Palm Desert, CA
This quintessential & fun mid-century modern home will soon be featured in Atomic Ranch Magazine. A major remodel in 2015 married charming 50's details like clerestory windows and stacked concrete block walls with a modern style & fresh look. It is move-in ready and even comes furnished! For many years this was a successful vacation rental so it is ready for you to come & enjoy the desert life - the work is done! Block walls front & back create total privacy and the backyard features a new pool & spa, gas fire pit and an easy-care turf Bocce Ball court. Southwest mountain views fill the house with light, but a deep overhang above the patio makes it a perfect shade spot from which to wine or dine and take in the views. Inside you will be charmed by the open living, dining & kitchen areas that spill out through a wall of sliders to the back patio.
Co-op in Charles Goodman-designed enclave
1311 Delaware Avenue Southwest, Unit S628, Washington, DC
Renovated mid-century modern 1 bed/1 bath in Charles M. Goodman-designed enclave of River Park. Updated kitchen. Reglazed bathroom. Freshly painted. Modernist FLOR carpeting. Finished balcony provides extra interior space. Custom closets and electronic shades. Down the block from Waterfront Metro Station, Safeway and Starbucks and minutes from the redeveloped Wharf, booming Navy Yard area, Nationals Park and Audi Field.
8102 Braesdale Ln, Houston, TX
Amazing true mid-century modern architectural gem with no Harvey flooding per sellers. Poised on a shaded corner lot with alley access, rumored to be one of the original model homes for the neighborhood. Not hard to imagine given it's a significant cut above the norm architecturally. A unique layout wraps around a pool with great interplay between indoor & outdoor spaces. Frosted Mid-mod cross-ribbed glass panels flank the front door, large main living with soaring ceiling, clerestory windows, 1 of the 2 fireplaces, original paneling, French doors to pool courtyard, lots of floor to ceiling glass & poured terrazzo that extends thru the very open layout to the adjacent dining & original kitchen.
Untouched Albert Komatsu design
4208 Shore Front Dr, Fort Worth, TX
Designed by famed architect Albert Komatsu, this private lakefront estate is located on a double lot on Eagle Mountain Lake. The bones of home are solid but inside is untouched and in need of restoration. Includes 4930 sqft of finished space on two levels PLUS another 1030 sqft of unfinished, undesignated space on ground floor that was used as a work shop and a storm shelter. Inside features towering stone fireplaces and abundance of natural light.
2205 E. Coghlan Pl, Phoenix, AZ
This 1968 architect-designed home by Arthur and Charles Schreiber combines distinctive mid-century modern architecture with $50,000 in contemporary updates. The 12,933 square foot cul-de-sac lot offers a remodeled pool with baja shelf, professional landscape design by Suarez Brenes Design, ~200 square foot modern patio structure, block fencing for privacy with mural by Vodlines and stunning mountain views. Contemporary porcelain tile floors flow throughout the entire home. The remodeled kitchen features espresso-finish Euro-style cabinetry, slab granite counters, breakfast bar, tiled backsplash, new skylight and stainless steel appliances. The living room features an exposed block and wood accent wall.
Minimalist Shore Retreat
45 Point O Woods Dr, Toms River, NJ
Architectural rare find designed and built by well-known Toms River architect Paul Losi. This Mid-Century home is characterized by a contemporary emphasis on function. This home boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and unique sliding glass doors in living room that fold into themselves and are concealed into the wall. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout bedrooms and living area. Newer kitchen w/granite counters and marble floor. Entrance features waterfall pond situated beneath open stairway. Large family room leads out to patio & yard perfect for entertaining.
Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright church designs
121 Top Of Dean Hill Rd, Canaan, NY
This sophisticated Modernist retreat was created by two prominent colleagues of Frank Lloyd Wright: they combined stonework techniques pioneered at Taliesin West with Usonian design and a soaring peaked roof, which Wright used in church architecture: in this spectacular setting, that roof-line is a paean to nature. Expansive windows, honed concrete flooring with radiant heat, and polished wood finishes combine with rugged concrete and stone and a seamless flow of indoor/outdoor space to create a setting that is both dramatic and comfortable. Seller improvements include a new chef's kitchen, central AC, and custom details. Set on 17 acres with perennial gardens, woodland paths, stylish separate guest house, and a 3.5-car garage, convenient to the Berkshires and Hudson Valley... perfect.
First time on the market
125 Pioneer Dr, Athens, GA
Available for purchase for the first time since its construction in 1963 is this unique and private Mid Century Modern home sited on 4.79 acres. Privacy, seclusion, and natural beauty come together to make this one-owner property a true and RARE gem. Spring is here, and pink azaleas welcome visitors as they turn on the long, wooded driveway. Take note the variety of mature trees as far as the eye can see. There are plenty of vantage points in this home whether it be any number of large windows or the massive covered deck. Fresh interior and exterior paint! The two-story entry foyer is flooded with daylight thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. Climb the front stairway to the Greatroom featuring original hardwood floors, two sliding glass doors, a massive masonry fireplace. and Mid Century lighting fixtures original to the home.
Cutie with a carport
3087 San Juan Dr, Decatur, GA $239,000 Built 1955 This mid century modern home is so darn cute. Located on one of the best streets in Belvedere Park and on a large lot, it has tons of charm. With a new roof and new paint, it is ready for its next loving owner. 3087 San Juan has great curb appeal, hardwoods and exposed wood beams throughout, a wonderful kitchen with stainless appliances, an open floor plan, a master suite, two other secondary bedrooms and a hall bathroom. You are close to so much: Decatur, Downtown Atlanta, easy access to highways, and when restaurants and bars open again, it will be awesome! Until then, hunker down and make this house your home!
Everything's coming up daisies
1057 Daisy Ln, East Lansing, MI
Mid Century Modern gem just steps away from MSU and short bike commute to the new McLaren medical center. Freshly renovated walkout ranch tucked into a treed lot of nearly a half acre in the up and coming Flower Pot neighborhood. Designed for a longstanding MSU art professor, this rare home has a classic flat roof, open interior, and expansive windows. Over $100,000 in renovations including new kitchen with quartz countertops, master bedroom suite with tiled shower, first-floor laundry closet, and completely new open-concept walkout, new furnace, AC, hot water heater, sidewalk, chic glass garage door and front deck.
Modern living with a view
1870 SW Palatine Hill Rd Portland, OR
Private, sleek, elegant and comfortable, this stunning 1963 mid-century design is reinvented for modern living by the best designers in Portland. From the Hammer & Hand constructed entry to the front door design, simple elegance connects you to the outdoors. The Mount Hood views are striking from the floor to ceiling vaulted glass windows. Sitting on a private 1/2 acre in the coveted Dunthorpe neighborhood, the attention to detail is evident at every turn. The local experts at Pistils cultivated the landscape to reflect the classic architecture and stellar interior design by Portland's Bright Designlab.
Tropical Modernism in Pineapple Paradise
1270 NE 102nd St, Miami Shores, FL
You'll feel like you've jet-setted to Palm Springs on vacation, yet you'll appreciate that this architectural gem was designed and built as the personal residence of Jerome Schilling, an associate in the Igor Polevitzky architecture firm, South Florida's most renowned tropical modernist architects. Built in 1949, this home is a remarkable example of mid-century modern "tropotype" design, which responds to its lush tropical environment creating a seamless transition of luxurious indoor-outdoor living, with numerous noteworthy features.
Be the second owner of this Louis Kahn home
417 Hidden River Rd, Penn Valley, PA
The owner of this home had world renowned architect Louis Kahn design it in 1960, complete with all documentation to authenticate. A fabulous example of a mid-century home located in Penn Valley, Pa. with an easy commute to Center City Philadelphia. You can be the 2nd person to own this wonderful piece of history!
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