November 8, 2012Retro Time Capsule House For Sale in Mesa……………. Another Bust For Sara – Sort of, But Not Totally!
By Sara In AZ
So, y’all know that Mike and I are on the time capsule house hunt. In search of that ever elusive 1950s time capsule house that has 4 bedrooms and a garage……or even just a carport. I’ll take anything at this point!
I was super excited when this house in Mesa popped up for sale, as it seemed like the size and location could be a good fit for us.
One thing I forgot to get a pic of was the carport. It would be to the left in this view. When I was viewing the pictures on the listing and saw the carport I thought no big deal – until we went to the house and actually saw that Mike would not be able to park our truck under it, as a car could just barely fit under the roofline it was SO low. That was not a great sign and my hopes were fading fast that this would be THE house for us.
Here is the formal living room area. The front door would be to the left of the hanging light. I believe that light hanging in the entry was original and I thought the brick planter was super sweet.
This house had all Honeywell Tap Light switches. I thought that was SO cool, I had never seen them in person before. This was right next to the front door in the entry.
Moving through the open doorway shown in the formal living room pic above (by the entry) will lead you into this room. A kind of combo kitchen and dining room area.
I was fairly obsessed with the wood cabinets and the scalloped trim along with the turquoise tile…..I thought it all went together fantastically well! I’m just betting there used to be a turquoise stove top there too!
There was a door on the left in the full view kitchen/dining picture above – that would lead you to this room……kind of a family room/rec room type of room. We surmised that this area used to be the original carport, as this room was built below the grade of the rest of the house and was level with the patio outside – thus causing water damage all along the bottom of that lovely knotty pine wall you see there. ugh. So now we cannot park under the carport and have a problem addition. My hopes are pretty much dashed at this point.
This was the bathroom off of the knotty pine rec room. It was a peachy-pink color and I thought the speckled tiles were really cool.
There was some hardcore plumbing work being done to one of the bathrooms, as one of the walls in the bedroom had been torn into and you can see they ripped out some of the foundation as well.
One of the bedrooms.
I was sad to see the person selling the house was removing all of the original lights to install ceiling fans.
Tons and tons and tons of storage in the hallway!
This house did have a pink tile bathroom.
A sweet little vanity area opposite the sink.
The original bar light in the bathroom.
The bathtub…………….the plumbing work you saw above was being done to the backside of the faucet/drain area here.
I loved this divider between the toilet and sink!
Here is a view of towards the back of the house. See that square piece of metal on the ground over to the left……………………..
Well, that piece of metal lifted up to reveal an old bomb shelter, which sadly looks more like something an ax murderer would do his business in and which is why none of us would go down that rabbit hole. Seriously, you just never know where ax murderers are living these days!
And then there was the completely filled in pool. Yes, you are seeing right – they completely filled in that pool with dirt which would be a serious project to contend with down the road. I’ll just say it again – uggggghhhhhhhhhh.
I did however adore the vintage starburst awnings that covered the patio!
Sadly, this house was not the right one either. It had some great original details, but it needed SO much work and the price, almost $300,000, made it cost prohibitive for us. I believe the house was eventually rented out.
After we went through the house our realtor called the seller and told him it was not the right house for us, though we loved some of the original details. They got to talking and the seller told my agent how he was trying to modernize the house a bit by taking out all those “weird push button light switches”. I completely freaked when I heard this and asked what they were doing with the switches, when she called back to let me know they were tossing all of them into the trash I begged her to call him back and ask if we could have all of the switches. I said we’d even pay for them if we had to, as I hated seeing all of those cool old switches going into the garbage.
Our agent did call the seller back and all of those cool old Honeywell Tap Light push button light switches were rescued from the landfill! YAY!
They gave all of the switches to us for free and we were so happy to rescue them. We are saving them for now, as we hope to use them when we finally find our dream time capsule house!