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1962 time capsule house with bold and colorful decorator interiors — Mendota Heights, Minn.

front-entry-doorsTour-a-Time-CapsuleCome on in, plan on staying a while. This 1962 time capsule house recently listed for sale in Mendota Heights, Minn. (metro St. Paul), is one eye-popping wonder. 57 photos available: Yes, just when you think, “Oh my gosh, this is the best room EVER”, you flip to the next slide and it’s immediately clear, golly no, “THIS is the best room ever!” Dear readers, you are just THE BEST community ever for continuing to send these time capsule tips. For this one, thanks go to reader Norma Desmond, who surely was joking when she submitted it with the caveat, “Not sure if this is up your alley or not….” Was she talking to moi? The blogger among all bloggers on a mission to convince the world that wallpaper is not The Devil… and that Big Bold Colors are not his evil handmaidens? “Up my alley?” I am all over every delicious bite. . 22 photos follow — along with a secret link to 57 big photos — all shown with permission listing agents, Tom and Henry Edelstein and with a big hug of a credit to phographer Ben Colvin of Spacecrafting. They know they have one absolutely fabulous home on their hands — and would love to sell it to an adoring fan.

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The listing description is short and sweet, considering that the photos tell a thousand+ words:

ONE OF A KIND MASTERPIECE IN MAGICAL MENDOTA HEIGHTS, EXQUISITE CUSTOM TOUCHES THROUGHOUT. VAULTED MAIN FLOOR FAMILY ROOM, HIDDEN WET BAR. FORMAL DINING ROOM, SPARKLING SUNROOM, SUNNY KITCHEN. LUXURIOUS OWNER’S SUITE+2 BATHS. 1/2ACRE WITH POND, WATERFALL

Digging in, I see:

  • Four bedrooms
  • Two full and four partial baths
  • 4,473 square feet (including 750 of finished basement)
  • Listed for $600,000

Speaking with agent Henry Edelstein, I learned that this home has been with a single owner since it was built in 1962.

He also told me that originally, the interiors were done by Ted Hanson, a prominent interior designer in the St. Paul area. A number of architectural features in the house came out of prominent St. Paul area buildings, including the old Ryan Hotel and the Brown and Bigelow Estate, Henry said. And, he acknowledges that some of the rooms have been redecorated since 1962. I am not an expert — but I am feeling a lot of  Postmodern / Memphis design influence in the redecorating. And, that kitchen: late ’70s or early ’80s? In either case, nicely done.

On with the show.

zebra-print-carpet

Living room:

red-living-roommonochrome-living-roomNote that Henry says that in real life, the room is red — not lipstick coral pink.

Dining room:

1960s-wallpaper-dining-roomThe dining room is my favorite room in the house. But, you know I’m on a wallpaper binge right now.

Kitchen:

retro-kitchen1980s-kitchen

Den:

retro-man-cave1960s-den

Bedrooms and bathrooms:

purple-bathroommirrored-bathroom1970s-bedroom1970s-bathroomretro-bedroomretro-officememphis-style-bathroomcolorful-bathroomBet those bedrooms and bathrooms made your eyes pop out of your heads!

Basement with bar:

1970s-basement1970s-design-style

Exterior:

backyard-landscapingbackyard-barbecuebackyard-landscaping-retro

What do you think, dear readers:
Would you? Could you?

Link love:

And a slide show:

  1. nina462 says:

    I now live in MI, but spent 15 years in Mpls, MN (ok, Hopkins, St. Louis Park & Bloomington).
    I had a 1975 townhouse that had been updated….waited to move back to MI before I found my dream home (and realized I love the midmod look).
    I sure miss my friends in Mpls. good thing I can still catch Joe Soucheray on Garage Logic through a podcast everyday! hee hee.

  2. Jenny says:

    Same here — first one I didn’t seriously consider quitting my job and moving for. But I admire the commitment of the owner to over-the-topness!

  3. Modspell says:

    I was sold upon seeing the HOUNDSTOOTH carpet! But there is a serious overuse of mirrors that would have to corrected. I’d love a tour, that’s for sure.

  4. KT White says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE all over! That’s the second purple bathroom I’ve seen this week! And until now I didn’t even know there had been purple fixtures like that. Swooooooon!

  5. David Noyes Sr. says:

    This is a one of a kind as only Ted Hanson could do. Everything old is new again especially when done in the highest quality. Love it!
    David Noyes Sr.

  6. Miri says:

    Best. House. Ever! I think the bathrooms are great! Why can’t bathrooms have fancy personalities, too? And mirror is bright and easy to clean. If you don’t wanna see your butt, or, your guests are not aware of how desirable the aforementioned traits are in a bathroom, get a fancy curtain — but there’s no need to remove the whole thing. Spend your money on landscape upkeep instead. That’s the only thing that gives me pause. I love it, but I’d need some names and numbers for its upkeep ahead of time. I definitely couldn’t do it myself.

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