March 28, 2013Another AMAZING 1950s Time Capsule Is Only A Distant Memory
By Sara In AZ
I will warn you ahead of time…you may want to scratch your eyes out when you are done reading this post….or run screaming and ask “Why, why, why????”….I would totally understand either response. Luckily I do not have many pictures to show, only old pictures that are from past real estate listings when this house was up for sale, so we’ll just have to imagine how awesome the entire house must have been.
We only accidentally came across this house while driving around and looking at neighborhoods with older homes. This house was not for sale when we drove by, but I noted the address because it looked SO amazing on the outside I wanted to see if I could dig up any info on it.
Here are 2 pictures of the exterior from old real estate listings, though the pictures do not even do it justice….it’s SO much more amazing looking in real life.
The house was up for sale in the Fall of 2006 and closed in October 2006 For $500, 500. This house sold at the peak of the housing market – at least for Phoenix prices – and the price for this house has plummeted in the years since….though now prices are quickly making a comeback.
This house was built in 1955 and has 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and 3,124 sq feet.
Here is the listing description of the home:
Step BACK IN TIME as you enter this 1955 Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home. It’s hard to find a vintage home in this condition w/a double lot & circular drive. Featured as a Home of the Future when built, this ‘MID-CENTURY’ beauty has been maintained in excellent condition by original owners. The storage is fantastic w/original built-in linen, china, & cabinetry and even a walk-in closet, which were considered state-of-the art in its day. Huge rooms are decorated w/ 1950 s-style furniture which has become the LATEST IN-LOOK IN HOME DECOR. The cedar-shake roof is 3 years old & the appliances have been updated (except the oven).
Honestly, to read this listing just about kills me, especially with what I know now. I can only imagine how the original owners must have cherished and cared for this home….it seems like it might have been a “showcase” home if it was billed as a ‘Home of The Future” ….so I’m sure they were only that much more proud of it.
Here are the few pictures that were in the original listing from 2006….maybe it’s a good thing we don’t know what the original bathrooms looked like…………………..
The backyard looks sooooo peaceful!
Here is one of the bedrooms…………..LOVE that pink!
The awesome original kitchen…..AND original VCT floor!!!
The formal living room…don’t you just adore that furniture! I would have begged them to let it stay with the house if we had a chance to buy it.
Lastly, maybe this is some sort of sunroom? Lord, that floor just kills me! LOVE it!!!!
Soooooo, from what I can gather this home sold to house flippers in late 2006. They mostly gutted it and then re-listed in mid 2007 with an asking price of $750,000. By then the housing market had crashed and burned and I am shocked they even tried getting THAT much for it. I’m sure you can guess that the house never sold and it was removed from the market. I think the current owners may have rented it out because when we drove by there were people living in the house.
Here is the description from the 2007 listing:
Historic 1955 custom home on a double lot.Great Mid century style throughout the home,from the circle drive, to the custom copper front door.Copper quartzite flooring flows into the kitchen, office, and formal entry.Hardwood flooring in the living and dining area. Kitchen has new Viking appliances,large walk in pantry, and breakfast area that opens to the back yard patios.Formal dining room is great for gatherings.New paint and 24 new commercial grade windows.The new master bath has solid marble flooring,floating teak cabinet,and Contura tub.Private yards w/custom gates,block fence,2 car garage + workshop! Its a ’10’
And here are the few pictures that were with that listing.
Don’t get me wrong – I do like that hardwood, but it just always feels SO wrong to see big tiles in an old 1950s ranch.
Looks like they ripped off the mantle…you can just barely make one out in the old listing picture. It just look so plain and institutional now doesn’t it.
The new kitchen with all the new Viking appliances. I’m glad they saved that brick wall….I can just picture a vintage GE wall oven in there!
I am not 100% if these windows are original or if they added them in during the remodel………..I guess I will give the house flippers that – these windows are cool.
Lastly, the new bathroom……………it’s just SO wrong in SO many ways….those large tiles on the walls…………and that wall hung toilet…..ugh.
I can just imagine how amazing the original bathroom must have been!
I only wish this house could have been saved………………………………….