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September 10, 2017

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Indianapolis, Indiana

By MidModMichelle

Wow y’all! I somehow missed this mid-century modern architect-designed gem during my real estate searches over the last few months! Gah! So for 4 lonely months this beauty has been languishing on the market unappreciated by my (and probably others) mid-century lovin’ heart(s). But thank my lucky stars I came across it randomly so I can share it with y’all too! I know that “Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired” is overused, but I think it’s fair to say about this Leslie F. Ayres designed home. Let’s check it out!

This home, designed by architect Leslie F. Ayres, is located at 2888 W 44th St, Indianapolis, Indiana on a gorgeous 7 acre wooded lot. It is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,930 square foot home built in 1952 that is being offered at $550,000. The listing is courtesy of Joe Everhart at Everhart Studio. For more information and additional photos you can check out the listing here. From the listing:

The circa 1952 Miller Home Was The Collaboration Of The Homeowner, Architect Leslie F. Ayres And Builder O.C. Winters. The Home Was Designed To Take Advantage Of A “Choice” 7 Acre Wooded Lot That Has Views To Crooked Creek Which Snakes Through Its Boundaries. An Almost Obsessive Attention To Style, Convenience And Detail Gave Birth To This Important Home. A Pristine, Nearly Intact Structure. Lovingly Lived-In, Cared For & Protected By Several Generations Of The Original Family. 15 Min To Downtown


(Love the stone and wood exterior, so harmonious with the surroundings!)


(Beautiful! Those angled windows and built-ins are killing me! 😍)

(The floor to ceiling windows and fireplace continuing past the window feels like there is no separation with the outside world, a quintessential mcm trait!)

(The wood and detailing is just breathtaking!)


(The kitchen would be easy to restore. I’d swap out some appliances, fixtures and countertops- possibly flooring if it’s linoleum.)


(The wood and built-ins everywhere make the design so seamless and lovely!)


(The “M” for Miller Home here and there is such a cool touch!)

(I wonder if the original tub and toilet were yellow or blue. Happy to see the original vanity!)

(I’d definitely retro renovate this bathroom!)


(The lot is just pristine and magnificent!)

Y’all, I’m really infatuated with this one! I think the price is pretty amazing for that much square footage/acreage in a home of this caliber. Of course a few things have been updated over the years, but overall it’s original where it counts most. Those updates could be easily and cost effectively restored. What do y’all think? How about that living room?!

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7 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Indianapolis, Indiana

  1. Theresa Crawford Reply

    September 10, 2017 at 5:40 am

    This is beyond gorgeous, but the thought of how much it must cost to heat in the winter due to all that lovely glass…. Dollar signs spin like slot machine wheels before my mind’s eye!

  2. Melinda Reply

    September 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Back when I was growing up in Indianapolis, this was a very nice area with a lot of mid century homes. Hope it is still a good area and someone will scoop this up and preserve it.

  3. dkzody Reply

    September 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Great house, love the looks of it. Funny, though, how the beds were left and all the other furniture is gone. I would love to have seen how it was furnished.

  4. KDA Reply

    September 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I live very close to this house. It is beautiful, and the lot is amazing. You would never guess it’s just a 15 minute (easy) drive to downtown and close to restaurants and grocery stores. It’s also in a good school system.

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Wow! This place is seriously beyond stunning…I LOVE it!!!!

  6. Maureen Reply

    September 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I am seriously in love with this house. It really does sit so beautifully on the lot, an oasis of beauty. I would love to see the original kitchen, I bet it was incredible.

  7. Lyn Dono Reply

    September 14, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, what an amazing home! The setting, the price, the quick drive to town. What more could you ask for.

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