Wilmington, NC mid century modern time capsule — 16 photos

mid-century-split-level-houseTour-a-Time-CapsuleA tip from reader Virginia led us to discover this 1957 time capsule home for sale in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is currently listed for sale by Shane Register of Shane Register Professional Real Estate Services. The house is full of interesting architectural angles, exposed beams, brick and stone — giving it a mid century modern feel — and three oh so adorable vintage pastel tile bathrooms that are sure to make you drool. Thanks to Rick Amick from Real Estate Photography & Listing Services for taking such great photos of the property.

mid-century-entrywayFrom the listing:

  • Price: $475,000
  • Year Built: 1957
  • Sq. Ft.: 4089
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Full Baths: 3

This Mid-Century Modern home brings a classic style that intrigues today’s modish buyer. Roof lines, retro details, angular walls & ceilings along with dramatic floor to ceiling windows are the epitome of mid-century design. Architect Julian A. Altobellis designed, the home incorporates not only the architecture of the era, but also building standards rarely found. Solid steel & concrete construction provides strength that will last for generations to come. Other features include rear/side alley access, original hardwood floors that have been covered with carpet since new, marble flooring in the foyer & formal dining room and tile in the kitchen. Located in the sought after Forest Hills/Oleander area, the home is situated on a .68 acre parcel. The neighborhood has a quiet setting & offers a flair of yesteryear with its tree lined streetscape and sidewalks. In just minutes, enjoy the rich culture of Historic Downtown with many fine dining restaurants, nightlife, arts & entertainment.

vintage-green-bathroomThe home has some lovely colorful vintage bathrooms, like this charming mint green with dark green bullnose combination. And wow — the mud-set tile: That stuff is built to last!

vintage-peach-tile-bathroomThis peachy-beige bathroom has some fantastic vintage seashell wallpaper — and the sink is super cool.

vintage-pink-and-white-stripe-bathroomAnd then there is this oh-so-adorable pink and white striped tile bathroom with cheery floral vintage wallpaper — and on the ceilings, too! I can’t remember ever seeing a striped tile bathroom quite like this before. So cute.

Mid-century-kitchenLook at this cool kitchen — complete with vintage appliances and hudee rimmed sink. Oh, look at the electric range top burners all three-in-a-row! The color of these cabinets: Classic and timeless.

mid-century-Kitchen-cabinetsThe angle of the cabinets certainly adds to the mid century modern appeal of the space.

mid-century-Screened-PorchI have a screened porch at my retro ranch and can attest to how great they are to have during a buggy but nice sumer evening, my porch is nowhere as big as this fantastic screen porch. And the design of these screens — and how they are angled up the roof line: Wow.


If you are interested in this property, contact Shane Register by email at shane@shaneregister.com or call (910) 620-3730.

Mega thanks to Shane Register for allowing us to feature this listing and to Rick Amick from Real Estate Photography & Listing Services for allowing us to share these photos with you.

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  1. Sarah g (roundhouse) says

    This house does such a great job at letting the outdoors take center stage. The windows in the entryway and in the sunroom are spectacular. The lighting and kitchen cabinets are spot on. The best bathroom is the green one, the wallpaper is perfect. As for the other two… I’d need time for the wallpaper to grow on me.

  2. says

    I had the opportunity to visit this house for an estate sale and was totally overwhelmed by it. Besides the obvious mid-century charm, the house sits on a nice piece of property in a very nice neighborhood surrounded by much more “traditional” houses. It’s incredible.

    So glad it found its way here, I hope someone who appreciates it in its current state will buy it and preserve it, hate to think of someone going in and gutting it.

    • gsciencechick says

      Any good finds from the estate sale?

      Love the pink stripe and green bathrooms, and love the screened-in patio. Perfect.

  3. Scott says

    Now that’s a time capsule! Not only is 99.999% unmonkeyed with (those kitchen light fixtures and the white toidys are suspect) 🙂 but it’s like a complete checklist of all my dream house features:

    *Peaked glass
    *Double front doors
    *Roof that sweeps out to form a carport

    All I need to move in (besides $475,000) is a starburst lighted doorbell. What a house!

  4. Panzyzz says

    I’m in LOVE with this house! (Not the wallpaper though…) I’d love to have those kitchen cabinets and that porch is to die for! The lights are fantastic. Hope the new owners appreciate this house for what it is – FABULOUS!

  5. Joe Felice says

    I love the house! Tri-level houses were introduced in the ’50s, and the long, sloping roof line was the way they integrated the third level without having to have a multi-angled roof. If it weren’t for the upper bedroom window, you wouldn’t even notice there was a third level. I am not particularly fond of green, but the green bathroom is beautiful. The color combos were pulled off perfectly. I’m not thrilled with the wall paper in the other bathrooms (maybe a bit too busy), and certainly don’t like the wall paper on the ceilings. It brings the ceilings down and makes the rooms look too confined. Of course, the pink bathrooms are divine!

  6. Angie says

    Love it!!! I grew up in a ’59 ranch that had that same peachy beige bathroom. This is the only other house in which I have seen that color. Along with everyone else, I hope the new owners love it as is!

  7. says

    It’s amazing to me how brand new this home still looks after all these years. Who ever owned this home must have taken great pride in keeping it so fresh and perfect. I hope whomever acquires this beauty does the same.

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