Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Real Estate Envy: Coast to Coast Modern

I picked up a copy of Atomic Ranch magazine recently, and thumbing through it I was struck by how many ads there were from boutique real estate brokerages specializing in midcentury modern homes.

Because I am a shameless lookie-loo when it comes to homes for sale (seriously, the realtors around here all know me by name at this point, since I've been showing up at their Sunday open houses for years now), I couldn't resist checking out some of the MCM real estate on offer around the country. I always wonder what it might be like to live somewhere else, and it's fascinating to me to see just how much -- or how little -- my money might buy in other places.

Let's take a quick tour, shall we?

San Diego: 3BR, 2BA, 1,859 square feet for $815,000, courtesy of San Diego Modern Homes

Palm Springs, California: 3BR, 2BA, 1,225 square feet for
$629,000, courtesy of Midcentury Properties

Corona Del Mar, California: 8BR, 10BA for $75,000,000 (you read that right: 75 million dollars), courtesy of SoCal Modern

Long Beach, California: 3BR, 1.5BA, 2,054 square feet for $849,000, courtesy of SoCal Modern

Los Angeles: 4BR, 3BA for $1,730,000, courtesy of Valley Modern

Ross, California: 7BR, 5BA, 5,000 square feet for $10,450,000, courtesy of Marin Modern

Portland, Oregon: 3BR, 2BA for $525,000, courtesy of Portland Modern

Phoenix: 3BR, 2BA, 1,890 square feet for $315,000, courtesy of Niche Find Yours

Denver: 3BR, 2BA, 3,129 square feet for $875,000, courtesy of Mile Hi Modern

Austin, Texas: 3BR, 2BA, 1,636 square feet for $250,000, courtesy of The Marye Company

Houston: 4BR, 3BA for $150,000, courtesy of Glenbrook Valley

Lake Forest, Illinois: 4BR, 4BA for $1,869,000, courtesy of JetSet Modern

Hamilton, Ohio: 4BR, 3BA for $260,000, courtesy of Cincinnati Modern

Sarasota, Florida: 2BR, 2.5BA, 2,302 square feet for $1,475,000, courtesy of Modern Sarasota

Is it just me, or is Texas suddenly looking really appealing?


Mrs. Blandings said...

All of these are great - thanks for the homes tour. Austin is suppose to be great, btw. And imagine what you could do to that house!

Brilliant Asylum said...

So many wonderful mid-century homes from which to choose! I am glad that the rest of the country is starting to realize how cool these houses are--instead of tearing them down to build McMansions.

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Unknown said...

I love Atomic Ranch, but haven't been able to find it recently. There are a few very 50s modern houses in my village, but mostly they're out of our price range. :( There's a few examples of this house, but I don't love what they've done to the interior:

Anonymous said...

Nice picks, Leah. The Palm Springs house is actually much less than I expected as well. Too bad there's no where I'd rather live than the Bay.

darla said...

Texas is very appealing! Of course, I'm not bias or anything.....

darla from Texas

Leah said...

Hey Darla,

I didn't mean to disparage Texas at all -- in fact, I *adore* Austin. (Haven't seen much of the rest of your great state, but will someday.)



The Well Read Fish said...

i love this post.

Anonymous said...

Our homes should be an inviolable place for us and for our planet-a place in harmony with the environment.


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