1956 time capsule house with original curved sofa, wallpaper mural, and more — 12 photos

Here is another absolutely charming time capsule house brought to us by Pennsylvania real estate agent Jeffrey Hogue. See the previous one — with the beauty shop basement and totally fantastic bar — here. I sure do love it when I meet real estate agents who are great marketers … who see the value in these homes … who get great photos … and then send me the photos stat! to feature here on the blog. But guess what? I didn’t get these photos up fast enough. Jeffrey sent them to me on Monday … here I am loading the story for Friday … and there is already a pending offer! That is a well-deserved sale, Jeffrey. Above: Jeffrey tells me the gorgeous curved sofa sectional was custom-made for the original owner. My favorite photo, though, is next: A living room with a wallpaper mural, I love wallpaper murals. I neeeed a wallpaper mural. 12 photos in all –>

Here is the listing information:

It is rare to find a one owner home that was built in 1956 but here it is. There have been upgrades to the home but it is relatively the way it was back in the day. The kitchen and appliances have been upgraded. The mechanicals, roof , flooring and fixtures have also been replaced. The large living room has an open beam cathedral ceiling with a fireplace, Phillipine mahogany walls & large glass doors from front to rear. It is also open to the dining area. The eat-in kitchen is quaint and has a door leading to a large covered, screened-in patio with a ceiling fan. The yard is well landscaped with the theme being privacy. Back inside is a master bedroom suite with a full bath that has a tile shower. The other bedrooms are reasonably sized and have good closet space. The family room is located adjacent to the study. Entering from the garage is a laundry/mud room. The home has radiant heated floors throughout and central air. If you are a fan of retro styled homes you will enjoy this!

Thank you, Jeffrey — and congratulations, lucky new home owners-to-be. We hope all the furniture conveys, and that you keep the lovely wallpaper mural. Pretty please, seriously, keep that mural!

Link luv:

I spy a bunch of wonderful little details in this house.
What are your favorites, readers?


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  1. hillary says

    I would commit some crimes to have a screened porch with such amazing vaulted ceilings. That is a heck of a house, and so unassuming from the outside, too.

  2. Chris says

    Oh, I could so live here! Awesome! Love all the little details in each room and how the furniture is placed perfectly to maximize the use of the space! Such charm! Loooove it!

  3. Dana says

    I love the oceans of wall-to-wall carpeting, the beautiful curvy sofa, and the touches of yellow throughout the decor. And the presence of the people who so obviously loved their home over the years.

  4. says

    Hello All,

    Thank you all so much for your comments regarding the home photography. I take great pride in my trade and in today’s home selling environment the photos are a must. Every time I walk into a mid century home I think of Pam and all of you. I let the seller know of the interest and love there is for the type of home they are selling. Most of them are up in years and have everyone telling them they have to change their surroundings in order to appeal to the masses. This site is a blessing to them and me. I am now running ads to list mid century homes in the area. I will be featuring a small reference blog on my site that links back to retrorenovations.com (if Pam is ok with it). Again, thank you all!

    • Jamie D says

      YAY! Thank you! There are some great midcentury homes here in Berks County, I’m so glad you’re showcasing them! I was so sad when we were looking for houses and saw original kitchens and bathrooms renovated. We bought our 1950s house because it was still mostly original, and absolutely pristine.

      I thought the layout of this listed home and the light fixtures looked familiar – I have friends who recently moved to this same neighborhood. Sadly, they renovated. I tried *so* hard to convince them their house was cool as-is, but it just wasn’t their style. To each their own, I guess.

    • Jamie D says

      PS. If the sellers or buyers are getting rid of any of the furniture/lamps, I’ll gladly come pick them up and take it off their hands. 😉

  5. says

    My fiance has spent the last 7 years restoring a 1957 house in a suburb of St. Paul. He is selling it now before we get married. We are really hoping to find a buyer who appreciates all the work he has done.

    Check out the photos.

    And if you are interested here is the MLS listing # 4182883

    • Wendy Oborne says

      Lisa – this is, quite simply, jaw-droppingly gorgeous! Seriously! My mouth hinged open as soon as the house interior came into focus, and only got wider when I saw the finished basement. I have no plans to buy another house anytime soon, but if I did, this would be on my radar! Thank you for posting this.

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