Five decades ago, it was a heady time in America. The year was 1969, and the country put a man on the moon.
In addition to that stellar news, homes were being built across the country as Americans looked to spread out into the suburbs.
We took a peek at homes celebrating their golden anniversary and found over 8,000 homes built in 1969 that are currently for sale. Of course, some of them were completely redone over the decades while others fell into disrepair.
We narrowed our focus to 10 vintage homes truly worthy of the golden anniversary. All are up for sale, and all represent the beauty and diversity of that pivotal year in U.S. history.
That so many properties built in 1969 are still around is proof those mid-20th-century risk takers really were ahead of their time. Their daring designs are still the stuff of dream homes. Take a look…
Kings Point: Built by celebrated architect William Krisel, this home has retained all of its late-’60s cool. This stylish three-bedroom, 2,900-square-foot home is located in the Indian Canyons neighborhood in south Palm Springs. The desert retreat sits in a community with 43 other Krisel-designed homes, with access to two pools, spas, a community tennis court, and clubhouse.
Villa Serena: Like an enchanted garden, this verdant 1-acre property is lush and exotic. It comes with a heated, saltwater lagoon pool, a three-bedroom main home, and a one-bedroom casita. Tropical extras include multiple ponds with koi and goldfish, winding paths, two Tiki huts, an outdoor kitchen, and a veranda running the full width of the home.
The Villa: Designed and built by Bob Ray Offenhauser, with gardens designed by landscape architect Mark Bartos, this 4,300-square-foot home sits on an acre lot. The property also includes gardens, a lap pool, pavilion, and pergola. Indoors, the home’s highlights include a grand, two-story living room with garden views, a dining room with beamed ceiling, a library with bar, an elegant main bedroom suite with cathedral ceiling, and custom finishes throughout.
Tulsa modern: This lovely four-bedroom home was recently renovated by a husband and wife team who specialize in midcentury modern homes. They gave it a gleaming new kitchen and updated flooring. The home is filled with custom designs, is located in a “fabulous” neighborhood, and boasts a large pool out back.
Flossmoor Park: Recently reduced in price, this modern five-bedroom home is being sold as is. The listing states that the current owners have meticulously maintained the home and did quite a bit of work recently. There’s a new deck and front stoop, new shades in the living room, new ceiling fans, and rehabbed exterior wood.
Brick retro-modern: This all-brick beauty with nearly 4,900 square feet of living space is on the market for the first time. Highlights include beamed ceilings, clean lines, and plenty of open spaces for entertaining a crowd. The newly carpeted basement includes a fifth bedroom, a study, and a steam sauna.
Sixties Southern: This custom Alabama abode was designed for stylish Southern living. The four-bedroom home has been restored and now features an updated kitchen. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace and opens to a deck overlooking the wooded backyard. There’s also a bonus room, which could be used as a workshop or game room.
Premier in Columbus: Built in 1969 by Ralph Fallon for the John F. Wolfe family, this striking two-story home was expanded in 1992. Today, it has four bedrooms and more than 6,000 square feet of space. It includes a large chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, and a walled, private patio with room for entertaining.
Forest treasure: This modern marvel has been featured in Boston Magazine because of its geometric shapes, flood of natural light, and an open floor plan centered around the main staircase. The 4,000-square-foot home sits on more than an acre in the forest and is wrapped with decks on the second floor with breathtaking views of the surrounding trees.
Magnificent modern: This four-bedroom home was designed by modernist architect Harriet Gordon. It’s been totally renovated with high-end features, with an eye toward maintaining the home’s original style. Wonderful custom touches throughout include the original beams from a tobacco farm in North Carolina, the kitchen’s custom Italian cabinets, and recycled glass countertops.
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