Midcentury Modern Menu: 8 Mouthwatering Homes That You Can Sink Your Teeth Into Right Now
We never tire of looking at magnificent midcentury modern homes—and we’re not alone. They’ve been favored on architectural popularity lists for well over 75 years!
Midcentury modern design began in the mid-1940s, right after World War II. Soldiers were coming home, starting families, and setting off the baby boom—and they needed new homes quickly and inexpensively.
The experimental technologies and materials—steel, aluminum, tempered glass, stucco, and plywood—developed during the war and beyond were quickly applied to residential structures to meet the needs of the growing U.S. population.
The style had staying power—and spread across the U.S. You might think the epicenter of the midcentury modern movement would be in swanky Palm Springs, CA, where the design was energetically embraced. Or perhaps in the Midwest, where architectural icon Frank Lloyd Wright helped originate the movement.
But a simple search on Realtor.com® reveals that original midcentury modern homes can be found throughout the country.
The prices are as varied as the locations. We found prime and well-preserved examples ranging from $2.6 million to $249,500.
If open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek spaces, and a cool-cat vibe are on your list of must-haves, take a look.
Price: $1,995,000 Handsome in Hollywood: Brimming with original features, this 1960-built home is nestled in the hills of Beachwood Canyon, close to the Hollywood sign and the Lake Hollywood Reservoir. Celebrity-filled hiking trails await right outside the door.
This one is a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,502-square-foot beauty with walls of glass, transom and picture windows, sliding glass doors, and balconies.
Original features include glass-block walls, a concrete-block fireplace, beamed ceilings, and brick planters. This hillside home is already pending sale.
Price: $2,600,000 Pretty and petite: Beautifully restored and located in the popular Sun Terrace neighborhood, this two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,338-square-foot home proves that good things really do come in small packages.
Every square inch of this “atomic ranch” has been stylishly renovated. For example, custom floors were poured to match the original terrazzo. We’re also crazy about those primary-colored floor tiles.
Other exquisitely updated features include a sparkling kitchen with high-end appliances, and a high-impact roof and windows. The house is further equipped with smart technology.
Price: $535,000 Boise beauty: Built in 1961, the two-story home has been updated with modern features like a state-of-the-art kitchen.
The three-bedroom, two-bath abode, with 2,028 square feet of interior space, has been updated from floor to ceiling. Plus, the home’s 9,583-square-foot lot includes a hot tub, storage shed, and chicken coop.
The home is located in a quiet neighborhood near downtown Boise, so there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. It’s also close to the interstate and the airport, just in case you ever need to get away from this pretty little piece of paradise.
Price: $335,000 Kansas cocoon: If you’re the type who likes to keep the neighbors guessing—this could be the time capsule for you! All the big windows are in the back, and that 1966-era, stone-front exterior allows for plenty of privacy.
The interior space measures 1,949 square feet, and there are three bedrooms and two baths. Downstairs, you’ll find a playroom and storage area, a two-car garage, and an additional storage shed.
The listing indicates that “lots of possibilities await,” so it may need a little work.
The 0.42-acre lot is located on a cul-de-sac, not far from Garden City shopping. The nearest big city is Wichita. You’d have all the advantages of small-town living while enjoying a big-time, sophisticated home.
Price: $1,900,000 Old yet new: While the architecture was inspired by seminal home designers Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, this spacious home has had all of its mechanical systems updated. It’s a miraculous feat of blending midcentury modern style with 21st-century convenience.
This five-bedroom, seven-bath, 6,716-square-foot home sits on a 2.7-acre hilltop lot. It features sweeping views of the the surrounding countryside via floor-to-ceiling windows. Its finer features include all walls with cross-bracing to hold firm in a storm, exterior fir wood siding, and marble walls and chimneys.
Built in 1960, and fabulously maintained and updated, the property comes with additional living quarters that could be used as a short-term rental, according to the listing.
And there’s more good news: Most of the midcentury modern furniture can stay in the home, for the right price.
Price: $1,725,000 Perfection in Princeton: This immaculately restored and updated home features a garage that has been converted into a light-filled office space. The property also comes with a beautiful apartment with a separate driveway and patio.
The five-bedroom, 4.5-bath dwelling sits on a leafy, 3-acre lot close to downtown Princeton. Originally built in 1955, it has period features like an open floor plan, beamed ceilings, large expanses of glass windows and doors, and a fireplace.
Bonus: Your kids can walk to an excellent school via a footpath from the backyard.
Price: $249,500 Well-rounded: The least expensive home on our list, this circular brick house has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and tons of style.
That sturdy construction could be responsible for its holding strong since it was built in 1964, since hurricanes have been known to pummel the region. Residents stay toasty and safe in its curvaceous sunken living room with a full masonry fireplace. The open kitchen with a spacious dining nook is another of the 3,046-square-foot residence’s highlights.
Louisiana might not be the first place you’d think to look for such a Space Age abode, yet here it sits, right in the middle of Louisiana’s fifth largest city. The low price and retro style attracted a buyer, and the property is now pending sale.
Price: $2,200,000 Unquestionably unique: This midcentury modern design will absolutely take your breath away with its soaring ceilings, redwood-and-stone finishes, and towering windows overlooking picturesque Margaret’s Falls.
Built in 1961 by award-winning architect John Michael, who was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, it has six bedrooms and five baths in a roomy 5,453 square feet of space. The fenced, hilltop lot is spacious as well, measuring almost 5 acres of landscaping near the house, as well as private woods.
Highlights include a stacked-stone, double-sided fireplace, original stone floors, and clever built-ins.