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June 7, 2019

Back in March we put together a blog post on a unique house in Arizona by architect Paul Schweikher and his partner Winston Elting. Ever since, I had been longing to visit Schweikher's own home in Schaumburg, Illinois, a north west suburb of Chicago, which has been incredibly well-preserved by the second owners. Fortunately for us, it is now run by the City of Schaumburg as a house museum.

Architect's homes are always a microcosm of ideas at work - some tried and true, some undergoing the testing phase and so...

June 3, 2019

Two weeks ago, we stayed at the newly restored TWA Flight Center and newly constructed TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in NYC for a couple of days. For modern architecture lovers like us it was an absolute treat and if you have the chance, we definitely recommend visiting. Whether you have a night to spend in NYC or you're at JFK with a long layover, this is the place to be. Built in 1959 and expanded in 1962, the structure is possibly the best known testament to when air travel was promoted as an experience - before high-volume,...

May 31, 2019

We've said it before, but once more for those in the back....Mid-century modern architecture doesn't have to be expensive! Sure, there are some amazing MCM homes that cost well over a million dollars, but there are plenty of less expensive options across the country. This week, all of the houses in the roundup are listed below $315,000. Check them out!

William Kessler Design in Lansing, MI - 1,720 sqft ($269,900)

Iconic folded plate design by William Kessler and purportedly one of only two ever built based on Kessler's own h...

May 24, 2019

Some truly great homes for sale in this week's mid-century modern real estate roundup. To start, there's a sleek modern home in Texas that is listed as a teardown - if you know anyone in the Lone Star State in need of a fantastic MCM property, let them know about this amazing 1971 home! We're also featuring a Norman Carver here in Kalamazoo and fantastic design elsewhere in Michigan, Oklahoma and Maryland.

Sleek Modern Listed as a Teardown in Houston, TX - 1,634 sqft. ($725,000)

In imminent danger of being destroyed and repl...

May 10, 2019

Every home featured in this week's real estate roundup is architect-designed, and some of the homes were also lived in by the architects themselves. As you can imagine, these are truly spectacular properties - and some have the price to match. You'll find spectacular mid-century modern homes in California, Florida, Oregon, Missouri and New York.

Hidden Treasure in Granite Bay, CA - 2,263 sqft. ($600,000)

This is a true gem designed by Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams in 1960. The mid-century modern home lies deep in the wood...

May 3, 2019

Light is a central theme this week with several of our picks having double height spaces and skylights. Double height spaces work great with narrow rooms as the light draws your eye up and out. Skylights allow you to have a very private room yet not feel like you're in a prison cell! Check out our favorite light-filled mid-century modern homes for sale this week all across the United States.

1962 Modern in Urbana, IL - 1,850 sqft. ($250,000)

Plenty of great design for your money here with a very modern floor plan and origina...

April 26, 2019

This week we have four fixers and one time capsule home for you. Houses sold 'as is' require a lot of dedication and money to bring them up to standard due to deferred maintenance but they are also often the most original since they retain features, finishes and that character you just can't fake. Fixers require vision and the ability to look past water stains, grime and neglect and see the potential diamond in the rough. In areas of greater land value, properties like these are often marketed for their land value and the...

April 19, 2019

This week, it's mid-century modern on a budget. All of our featured homes are listed at prices under $300k. Many include acreage and are truly untouched, time capsule homes. It's so nice to see homes that have been lived in and enjoyed before being ruined by insensitive flippers. We hope that by bringing attention to homes like these buyers, realtors, developers and even flippers will recognize the value of their original state.

Architect's Home in Longview, WA - 2,880 sqft. ($299,000)

Everything in this 1970 house is so wel...

April 12, 2019

This week we have several affordable mid century modern houses across the country and two right by us in Kalamazoo, Michigan, designed by our architect, Norman Carver. (Skip straight to the bottom the this post if you want to see those first.) Needless to say. there is great architecture to be found everywhere!

Folded Plate Roof in Middleton, PA - 2,057 sqft. ($167,000)

With a rear facade reminiscent of architect William Kessler's own famous home, this unique 1964 house has fantastic potential. The floorplan looks a bit mudd...

April 5, 2019

If you have a million-dollar-budget, then it's not hard to find some pretty fantastic mid-century modern homes. For many of us, however, the budget is far lower. This week, we unintentionally ended up with a collection of mid-century modern homes for sale that don't come anywhere close to the million-dollar mark. Proof that great design doesn't have to be incredibly expensive! 

Mid Century Perfection in Gainesville, FL - 1,662 sqft. ($449,000)

There's a superb, relaxing feel to this 1959 house designed by Ted Fearney and Dav...

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