The best midcentury modern homes for sale right now
In our House of the Day column, we cover a plethora of gorgeous homes, from elegant Gilded Age mansions to show-stopping new builds. But time and time again, some of our favorite homes for sale are of the midcentury variety.
They range in style and authenticity; some homes built in the 1950s and 1960s have been tastefully updated, while others are time capsules for the midcentury purist. We also write about midcentury modern homes from around the country—not just in ultra-hip epicenters like Palm Springs—and at all price points. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new pad or just like to window shop, here are five swoon-worthy midcentury homes on the market to check out right now.
Details: This five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home in Weston, Connecticut, was designed and built in 1965 by architect Allan Gelbin. Gelbin was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wisconsin, from 1949 to 1953, before establishing his own practice in 1957 in Connecticut.
The focal point of the design is an expansive living room and dining room that features a stone fireplace. Clerestory windows let in light, while wooden ceiling panels and built-in bookshelves add coziness. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows showcase a wraparound deck and views of the 2.25-acre property, and the master suite also offers panoramic views and access to a terrace. You can see more photos, this way.
Details: Built in 1957 in Houston, Texas, this three-bedroom, two-bath ranch is located in the Glenbrook Valley Historic District, a planned community with the city’s largest and most intact neighborhood of ranch and midcentury modern homes.
The 1,844-square-foot house sits on a large lot and its current owners have worked hard to maintain the home’s authenticity. You enter the home through a light pink entryway before walking into an open living space. The vaulted living room features a corner fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto the patio. The original kitchen boasts a vintage cooktop, loads of cabinet space, and easy access to the dining room with a bay window. Don’t miss the vintage bathrooms, over here.
Details: Love midcentury style but also want a move-in ready home? Check out this three-bedroom, two-bath house in Palm Springs, California. Built in 1958 by Alexander Construction Co. and designed by William Krisel, the home shows off all of Krisel’s trademark features: a low-slung roof, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and indoor-outdoor living.
At 1,269 square feet, the home is modestly sized yet lives large on a corner lot wrapped in hedges. A 2018 remodel took the house down to its studs to add polished concrete floors, quartz countertops, teak cabinets, all new appliances, and Milgard thermally improved aluminum doors and windows. The spacious pool and spa outside is new, too. See more, this way.
Details: If you’re into midcentury A-frames, get a look at this cute three-bedroom, three-bath version in Denver, Colorado. Designed by architects Frenchie Gratts and Ed Warner in 1956, the 1,987-square-foot house is part of Denver’s Lynwood neighborhood, which contains a collection of midcentury homes meant to be informal and affordable.
To build the homes—which were originally constructed for less than $15,000 per house—the builder-architect team drew inspiration from Joseph Eichler’s West Coast A-frames. Like Eichler’s designs, this house features exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room to create an indoor-outdoor feel.
Original mahogany built-ins and hardwood floors add warmth, and the pitched roof creates stunning triangle windows. The galley kitchen has been updated, and the backyard looks perfect for entertaining with a courtyard, pergola, water feature, and spacious yard on an almost 11,000-square-foot lot. Looking for more photos? We’ve got you covered.
Details: Midcentury modern homes might be known for their butterfly roofs, but the style also popularized the Swiss Miss A-frame. And while you might expect A-frames in mountain towns or midcentury hotbeds like California, check out this three-bedroom, four-bath home in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Built in 1958 by noted midcentury architect Jules Gregory, the low-lying home is bifurcated by a steep, dramatic A-frame roof that rises straight from the ground.
Inside, the A-frame creates a dramatic double-height living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the 1.42-acre property. Recent renovations brought a more contemporary feel to the space; gloss-black hardwood floors contrast with white walls, beams, and counters. Other perks include a 16-foot kitchen island, large closets, and a rear patio with bar, BBQ, fire pit, and pool. See the interiors, over here.