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July 27, 2018

Another week, another round up of mid-century modern properties that have character and interesting architecture. As always, some are near time capsules, some need a little work and others need buyers with a vision. We often find listings with no interior photos because the agent presumably thinks the 'outdated' interiors will put off potential buyers. They couldn't be more wrong! This is exactly the case with the final house in our round up and the house in Saint Charles, IL, from last week. Hopefully more agents will rea...

July 22, 2018

Picture this: A single-story post-and-beam home in California. A property surrounded by fencing to deliver incredible privacy: Your own bakyard oasis. Large glass sliding doors that blend indoor and outdoor environments. Living in an Eichler Home just outside of San Francisco in the 1970s sounds amazing, but it also put residents in a community that was ransacked by the Golden State Killer. Did the design of Eichler homes play a role in these horrific crimes?

By now, it's old news that the so-called Golden State K...

July 20, 2018

This week in our real estate roundup, we're featuring a number of spectacular mid-century modern home for sale. There are some bargain homes in need of work, an enormous MCM mansion in New Orleans and a light, spacious modern home in Washington. Of special note is the small but fascinating home for sale in Illinois, which is being sold without interior photos and is at risk of becoming a tear-down for developers.

Bargain Post and Beam in El Campo, TX- 1,679 sqft. ($147,500)

Long and low post and beam design with carport, bre...

July 15, 2018

In 1956, the Woman's Home Companion (WHC) magazine commissioned a house designed by famous modernist architect Paul Rudolph. The September issue included a 20 page spread on the unique design. It covered many features aimed at improving the quality of life for its inhabitants, hence  the name "The House for Family Living'. The article was published to coincide with the completion of a display model home. The WHC promoted the project in local newspapers, inviting the public to view it.

This blog article c...

July 13, 2018

There are some pretty spectacular homes available for sale this week if you're a fan of mid-century modern architecture. The showstopper is the domed home by Paolo Soleri, but there are also stunning houses for sale in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut and Washington.

Paolo Soleri Dome in Cave Creek, AZ - 1,065 sqft. ($300,000)

If you're looking for unique, it doesn't get more unique than this domed cave in the desert designed by Paolo Soleri with Mark Mills. Perhaps best known for his beautiful sculptural bells, Soleri was...

July 13, 2018

(Photo by Maynard Parker from House Beautiful Jan 1951) 

After seeing this photo of a beautifully unique house in Mexico posted by Mid Century Architecture historian Pierluigi Serraino,  I was intrigued to read that its exact whereabouts were unknown. It seemed that the home was perhaps lost forever. The only location information linked to it was that it was built near the town of Taxco, which lies about 100 miles South-Southwest of Mexico City.

Built for Sonya Silverstone in 1949...

July 12, 2018

When JFK flew to Germany to speak at the Berlin Wall, Reagan flew to Iceland to meet with Gorbachev and Nixon flew to China in 1972, they all arrived in style via Air Force One. On each of those occasions, the American Presidents flew in a plane designed by the so-called Father of Industrial Design, Raymond Loewy.

Loewy is known for his many contributions to the world of design, but Air Force One might be the design most easily recognized across the globe. 

In March of 1962, President Kennedy's 707 flew into Palm Springs, wh...

July 8, 2018

There are so many great architecture, design and furniture books out there that it can be overwhelming. There are fantastic biographies of famed architects and designers, books filled with incredible homes in specific regions and there are books detailing everything from mid-century modern cabins to Japanese landscaping - and I like them all!

I often get asked about my top recommendations for mid-century modern books, but it is hard to narrow them all down and pick favorites. I do, however, want to start reviewing and recom...

July 6, 2018

If you're looking for a mid-century modern home to call your own, there are plenty of fantastic options currently for sale. There's quirky in North Carolina, absolute perfection in Napa and a stunning home in Indiana. Priced anywhere from affordable to "maybe-if-I-win-the-lottery", there's something for everyone in this week's round-up of MCM properties.

Neglected Showpiece in Greenwood, IN - 2,839 sqft. ($650,000)

Known as the Mills House (named after its original owners) this sprawling modern home was designed by architect...

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