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May 17, 2009

My Mid-Century Modern Neighborhood

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I am busy working on spring cleaning here at our house, so I thought I would give you your mid-century modern fix by taking pictures of some of the fantastic ranch homes in our neighborhood.

So, no more yack-yack. Let’s get straight to the houses!houses-011

This house is actually one street over from us, but I just love the garage doors on this one.

houses-016This house is so pretty.  It is at the end of the block, and I think the people who own it did a great job with the landscaping.  The water feature in the center isn’t original, of course,  but I like the way it looks. My picture really doesn’t do justice to it. houses-013 This house is so cute, and I am pretty sure that it has the original paint color on it.  Even if it isn’t the original color, I still love it!

houses-014A close-up of the great door on the house. houses-017Check out the gorgeous wooden garage door!  We are so jealous of this house, it is right down the street from us. It is the house that we use as inspiration to get stuff done at our house.  I hope some day our house can be up to this standard.  If only!

So, time for me to get back to work!  Hope you all are having a great Sunday.

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4 Responses to My Mid-Century Modern Neighborhood

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    May 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    The houses in your neighborhood are really quite lovely! I would love to find an area like that here in Phoenix (with reasonable prices). I wonder if most of these homes have been updated, or are more like your time capsule? Your house is REALLY awesome, I think your house looks just as fantastic as your inspiration house – with that great tree and all those great flowers outside, and don’t even get me started on the ‘to die for’ interior!!! – LOVE IT!!!! I really love that modern house, that is for sale, you posted about last week. If only I could get Mike to move to Michigan….. 🙂

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    May 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Ruth, One question, about houses, while it is on my mind. When you moved into your house would you say it had been maintained pretty well? Mike and I have been looking for a 50s/60s house, more in untouched condition, like yours – and it seems like that is somewhat hard to find here, esp. in fairly good condition. I found this house here, from 1960, that I absolutely LOVED, but it had a lot of condition issues, eg. wood rot along a lot of the roof trim, water damage on the inside drywall (under most window sill areas) and also where toilets/showers had caused damage to inside drywall making the paint stained and chip off, also damage/stains (possible mold???) on carpet under window sills that had damage, all the patio sliding doors were out of frame and would not close or really lock that well, weird outlets that had been ripped out with wires just hanging out of the wall, etc., etc….. This was not a foreclosure, just a regular house for sale. It just seemed like the owners never really did any maintenance/general upkeep. I realize I want to buy an old house, and I definitely do not expect it to be perfect by any means – I was just wondering what your experience was. Should I expect most houses I look at (that are untouched/time capsule like) to have weird issues??? Anyone else have help on this subject – Tikimama, Sablemable – I know you guys have old houses as well……

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    May 17, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Sara!
    Our house was incredibly well preserved, no real issues like the ones you are describing. It is older, so there are some things that we have, like water leaking into the basement from old pipes and some issues with the roof joists coming apart and needing to be braced. But those are mostly issues for an older house. The things you are describing sound more like people not taking care of a house. Rotting/damaged drywall is never good. Ever. Our house was maintained by the original owner well. Things were updated and replaced, but most of it was in the style of the original house. We do have to make some cosmetic changes, but not many.
    Also, we had to look at around 40-50 houses before we found this one. So keep that in mind while you are looking. If you absolutely love a house, you can always try to fix it. But, on the other hand, there are ALWAYS new houses coming on the market.

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    May 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for your comment Ruth. It is a really hard call with this house. I totally love the look and style of this house, but it is priced at the absolute top of the range for the area, and for us too (probably more than we would want to spend realistically) – which would leave us with no money left over to make any of the necessary repairs. Plus, the small area the house is located in is really cool, with all custom, older homes (kinda like your area from the looks of your pics), but the other neighborhoods around this area are horrible. 🙁 The current owners lived there for 35 years, but were not the original owners. I think you are right, they just got lazy and did not really maintain the house that well. I think this house might just be a little beyond what we are willing to deal with in order to live in an older home. But, I would REALLY hate to see this house destroyed. A house 2 doors down, from 1957, was totally demolished a few years ago in order to build a mini mcmansion – SOOOO disappointing!!! I did not find this out until recently, after I started looking in this area. I wish I would have known, because I would have dug through the trash to get all the original house fixtures that I am sure they threw out. And, you are right, there are always new houses coming on the market. We will see what happens!!!

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