1955 mid-century modern house time capsule — just 1,300 s.f., but packed with spectacular

mid-century-front-porchTour-a-Time-CapsuleLoads of character and original vintage charm can be found in this 1955 time capsule — an amazing mid century house in Fircrest, Washington — offered for sale by realtor Diane Lucas of Keller Williams Realty. Diane contacted us directly just before posting this listing — sounds like word is out that we are famous for our time capsule houses — we now have 80 in our archive! At just 1,300 sq. ft., this modest-sized mid-century house packs a big decor punch: Its features include curved glass block walls, slate flooring, angular brick exterior, a fantastic original steel kitchen complete with vintage Kenmore sink-dishwasher combo, a pink bathroom — and more. Click on through, we have 24 large photos in our gallery –>

mid-century-living-roomFrom the listing:

  • Price: $199,900
  • Year built: 1955
  • Square footage: 1,294
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1

Luxury abounds, circa 1955! Fabulous architecture still intact after 58 years. Beautiful clinker brick exterior blends with stylish slate planter box and slanted wing wall. Original front door! Breathtaking living room with slate flooring still looks beautiful. A huge picture window lights up the living room while the curved glass block wall brings in softly diffused light to the dining area. It’s magic.

vintage-kenmore-washerKitchen is all original including a Kenmore combination sink/dishwasher unit. The top opens up and dishes go inside. It needs a rack and a little work but SO WORTH SAVING! We hope someone will spend a little time and bring it back to working condition.

retro-steel-kitchenRed formica is on the back kitchen wall and the counter is stainless steel. Metal kitchen cabinets with FOUR lazy susans and a flour/potato/bread drawer.

vintage-kitchen-retroThe crown jewel of the kitchen is the Westinghouse stove! Notice this is the back side of the fireplace and includes a storage niche.

vintage-pink-bathroom-tubBathroom has a glass block wall and beautiful dark green slate flooring and original tub, sink and toilet. Tile extends around all three walls and the fourth wall is all glass block. All three bedrooms have new carpet and all interior paint is new. Laundry room is located just off the kitchen and also has a door to access back yard and patio. Not only does this house have new carpet and paint, there is a new electrical panel and a new roof. And of course there is a new hot water tank. Don’t miss the pencil sharpener hanging under the cabinet. No 1955 house is complete without one. The artistic patio is complete with metal accents. Glass block wall is behind the bathtub. Door leads to laundry room. Entire back yard is enclosed. This is a beautiful neighborhood in desirable Fircrest. Don’t miss this Mid-Century Gem!

Mega thanks to Realtor Diane Lucas from the Rich Lucas Team, Keller Williams Realty for allowing us to feature her photos and information about this fantastic mid century home.

Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

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  1. jen says

    pam – you need a PDF that agents can leave for the new owners with your information on it so they know you’re here to help them love their new home! maybe a 8.5×11 that they can frame and set on the counter… retro renovation certified or something with messaging about embracing the era.

  2. Anastasia says

    I know I’m gonna get flamed for blasphemy, but where would you put a 2nd bathroom? This house deserves SO MUCH MORE then what it’s currently being valued at & I believe that’s all that’s holding it back. This is a gorgeous gem & it definitely deserves to be loved as such! Bonus (well for me) the transit stop is at the near end of the street & it connects to the mall, lol!

  3. Anastasia says

    Oh & Pam, that fireplace, the realtor pictures, like omg, it’s almost a 3 sided fireplace o something? It’s GIGANTIC! (ok the 80′s are calling & want their valley girl back, i know, but I couldn’t help it) Just more about that please.

  4. carole says

    I know that many people today find this size of home ‘tiny’, but the largest home I’ve ever lived in has been 1600 sq ft. My current home is 1500, and I’ve never felt cramped for space.

    • pam kueber says

      We say “just 1,300 s.f.” recognizing that the average size of an American home today is about double that… Yes, back in the day, 1,300 s.f. was ‘large’.

    • Amy says

      I love a smaller home – it’s all in how you utilize the space and how you furnish it. The MCM/danish modern low-profile sofas etc are great. I would never want to spend every weekend cleaning my McMansion.

  5. says

    It’s a sweet house to be sure! That curved glass block wall is something else! The one in the bathroom is a beauty, too. I hope it does find the “right” owner! And I LOVE wood pencils. I have an old Panasonic electric sharpener that I bought in a thrift shop. Harvest gold, but it works fine and gives me nice sharp pencil points!!!!

  6. JKaye says

    This house looks like it could be very comfortable to live in. On the small side, yet so spacious. The only thing I would want to change is that front picture window — I would want to install the type that is solid glass at the top with a couple of small windows that tilt out at the bottom. (Can’t think of what you call that type of window.) Anyway, I’d just want to add a little ventilation to that window. Other than that — it’s pretty near perfect.

  7. Janice says

    What an adorable little house! Other than the important updates as previously mentioned (roof, electrical, etc.), time absolutely stood still for this house, which makes me believe maybe it was a one owner home. it’s a charmer for sure; with so much to offer and love.

  8. Tyler says

    For those of you worried about the house being modified, we are going to keep it as is. Very happy that our bid was accepted.

  9. Ghislaine says

    I would move right in. I live in a house built in 1958 that I am restoring to its original splendor. This gave me great ideas.

  10. suzie says

    I know this is off subject but I’m looking for a shag rug rake. I remember using one as one of my mid week teen chores in the mid 70s. I now own a beautiful 1976 Challet home that we had to put the shag back in. Works perfect with the dark beams n orange/brown/turquoise & harvest gold accents. I would love to rake my shag rug mid week n save the vacuuming for
    weekends. Nothing beats a perfectly coiffed shag. Thanks for u’r great blog. It gave me renewed love and appreciation for the beauty we call our family home.

    • pam kueber says

      I don’t know where to get shag rug rakes, suzie, but I’ll add it to the research list. Thanks for you nice comments, your house sounds wonderful!

      • Joe Felice says

        Rug rakes used to be very popular. I just gave mine away a couple of years ago, because my carpet is plush with low pile. Maybe Bed, Bath and Beyond?

  11. Julie Bush says

    I love this home! It’s adorable and the perfect size for a couple or a single person. Love its simplicity yet distinct details and beautiful lines.

  12. dtremit says

    A few things struck me about that beautiful glass block wall in the dining room. First, the mortar is much thinner than many installations done today. That combined with the unadorned installation — no molding or trim on any of the four sides, that I can see — really makes for a very light look.

    I’m also glad to see that that horizontal design block is still available, albeit by special order: http://pittsburghcorning.com/products/loose-glass-block/argus-parallel-flutes.aspx

  13. pnutlaf says

    Does anyone know what the brick “technique” is called in the 2nd and 3rd picture that lays the exterior brick at an angle? Almost cantilevered, but not quite. I see it often in smaller mid century homes of this era, but I can’t find any specific reference to a name.

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