1954 Texas time capsule house — original cork floors, gorgeous brick work & more — 26 photos

retro-steel-kitchen-cabinets-st-charlesTour-a-Time-CapsuleGet ready for some gorgeous aqua St. Charles kitchen cabinets and pretty pink bathrooms because today’s Time Capsule Tour — a 1954 brick ranch listed for sale by Realtor Ed Murchinson in Sulphur Springs, Texas — has original details that will wow. This architect-designed house is absolutely dreamy: We adore all the exposed brick, the cork floors laid in a herringbone pattern, the beamed ceilings, the brick fence outside — and two pink bathrooms, of course! Thanks to a tip from reader Doris and photos courtesy Shoot2Sell Photography, we can all marvel at the mid century details found in this beautiful brick ranch.

mid-century-brick-ranchFrom the listing:

  • Year built: 1954
  • Price: $125,000
  • Square footage: 2,823
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

Here is a custom-built Mid-century Modern gem of a home designed by Fort Worth architects Easterwood and Easterwood who also designed the First Baptist Church in downtown Sulphur Springs.  A brick paver sidewalk leads to the welcoming front porch of this well-maintained one owner home.

retro-beamed-ceilingStep into the entry with original Italian marble floors and be greeted by a bright and spacious living room that flows into an even larger family room featuring original cork floors, cozy fireplace, wood-beamed ceiling, exposed brick walls and an expansive walls of windows.

vintage-steel-cabinetsThe original kitchen in a beautiful shade of turquoise retains the now sought-after St. Charles metal cabinets.  Back in the day, these cabinets were generally found only in higher-end homes and were ahead of their time with features like pull out shelves and bins and velvet lined silverware drawers.

aqua-steel-kitchen-cabinetsThe separate cooking workstation features stainless steel counters…there is even a matching built-in desk!  There is a large brick terrace just off the kitchen and family room that provides a great place to entertain or relax and look out over the generous backyard, which is surrounded by a beautiful brick wall.

mid-century-bathroom-vanityThe master bedroom suite features three walk-in closets and the master bath has a beautiful marble top dressing table.  The other two bedrooms are large and all of the generous closets feature lighting that automatically comes on and goes off when the doors are opened and closed.

pink-ceramic-tile-vintage-bathroomThe large guest bath features the original tiles and cabinetry.. .all in perfect condition.  The house also has an over sized two car carport, security system, sprinkler system and a separate concrete block storage building.  The timeless design elements of this home have been lovingly retained and maintained…and recently painted inside and out, new carpet, recent high quality roof, AC compressor and more.  A few finishing touches…and this is a magazine quality show house!

vintage-pink-bathroom-tiledWhat a lovely house full of carefully thought-out details. For example, Pam wants prospective bathroom remodelers notice the use of 4″x4″ field tiles installed on the diagonal to create a border around the tub. This is “cheap and cheerful” way to add appeal — so clever.

Mega thanks to Realtor Ed Murchison for allowing us to feature this property and to Shoot2Sell Photography for giving us permission to feature the photos of this lovely mid century property.

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  1. MelJ says

    We just bought a single story home a few months ago (in Ohio) and I showed my husband this house and he said, “we could rent this one out and go!” LOVE it just the way it is. SIgh.

  2. Doris says

    I lived outside of Dallas for years and this price didn’t surprise me. Real estate can be very affordable in a lot of Texas towns. But I am so in love with this house and everything about it. I would feel like I had died and gone to heaven if it was mine. Thanks so much for featuring it Pam. And thanks for realtors like Ed who appreciate MCM.

  3. Lisa Compo says

    Seems like there are a lot of people here who have lived in Texas.

    Just for knowledge and fantasy sake…..if we decided to relocate from KY in a year or so to Texas. Is there a certain area where it’s affordable living but the humidity isn’t just miserable all summer? Is there a place that is warm in the winter (this year aside LOL) and tolerable in the summertime? I don’t know much about Texas but I think my arthritis would thank me for moving there and they seem to have some beautiful real estate. Thanks for any info. :)

  4. Jacquie Y says

    I wish there were homes like this in the Phoenix area. There were some after the real estate bust about 5 years ago..now they are so scarce, if any. We had an influx of investors buy and tear them up. This price makes my heart ache! Husband and I have been searching for a 50’s or 60’s home with no luck here, but we did find a cute 1972 ranch..we put a contract on it..we’ll see what happens! I hope this darling Texas house gets someone to love it!

  5. Neil says

    I’m willing to bet that front door is not original, nor even the opening it fills. The style of it is way out of place with the house, and I imagine there were originally either two doors that opened away from each other, or more likely a single door that was wider plus a fixed transparent panel of some sort next to the brick wall.

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    I am so excited that my listing took the number 1 spot! It really is a cool house. Those kitchen cabinets were perfection. It was a one owner house and the original owner even had her refrigerator custom painted to match the cabinets. Thanks again for featuring my listing!

  8. Jan NIlsson says

    I lived in a 1954 house in Prosser, WA. It wasn’t as upscale as this, but had some of the same features!!

  9. Andrea Ralston says

    Absolutely gorgeous. And that price!! Can’t you just picture the astronauts’ wives gathered around watching the television on launch day?

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