April 16, 2017Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Howdy! I hope y’all are having a lovely holiday weekend! Today we’re visiting a time capsule atomic ranch in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 😏 Most of us hear the name of the “the secret city” and instantly think of its atomic heritage and the Manhattan Project. When setting up the site they needed quick and affordable housing for project workers, so the original homes were cement-asbestos (cemesto) panel pre-fabs, available in several plans named with a simple call letter. They became know as alphabet homes. But Oak Ridge continued to grow, and more substantial homes like this one were built after the war. Today Oak Ridge has a population of around 30,000, and contains some wonderful mid-century homes! It’s quite a beautiful and history rich area that’s only a few hours from me, so I need to plan a visit!
This home is located at 910 W Outer Dr, Oak Ridge, Tennessee on over 8 wooded acres. It is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, undisclosed square foot home built in 1961 that is being offered at $197,500. The listing is courtesy of Robert Johnson at Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates. For more information and additional photos you can check out the listing here. From the listing:
FIRST TIME ON THE MARKET! Looking for that unique retro designed home, look no further! Built in 1961 this amazing Mid-Century Modern walk-out basement Ranch home situated on 8.32 ACRES is truly a rare find! Main Level living with beautiful gleaming original hardwood floors, Large vaulted Great Room with wood burning fireplace, 3 Bedrooms, NEW Roof, spacious Eat-In Kitchen, front and rear patios. Partially finished basement space with another 1/2 bath, 2 workshops, wood stove, extra room could be easily converted into a 4th bedroom plus tons of storage space! Designers dream home & move in ready! Extensive & well established perennial gardens and a nice level back yard with enough land that you can create your own private hiking trails! This is a must see property and won’t last long.
(That amazing veranda with the swell railing!!!)
(Cute little slate foyer with original light fixture)
LIVING ROOM & DINING ROOM
(Love the floor to ceiling windows!)
(I’d remove that mantel, just because it doesn’t look original to me. Simple project, nbd.)
(Cabinets are in great shape, some retro vinyl and a different light would really add to the charm!)
(Pink and blue!! LOVE the light-mirror-medicine cabinet combo and the vanity!)
(You could easily swap in a vintage vanity!)
Oak Ridge currently rates high in livability and is less than 30 minutes from the much larger city of Knoxville. It has a thriving science and technology development center, excellent schools ranked No. 1 in Tennessee and a wonderful park system. It doesn’t exactly have a happy past, but it’s an important past to remember. Would the history of the area make you uneasy about moving there? I personally have heard nothing but good things about Oak Ridge.
If you’re like me and sink your teeth into something and want to keep going, check out these other listings in Oak Ridge: