Midcentury modern time capsule house in Portland, Oregon

Entry-way-retroTour-a-Time-CapsuleWhat is it about Portland, Oregon? The city seems to have an unusually large stock of amazing time capsule homes of every style — from amazing 1938 tudors to sleek streamline moderne to compact and friendly midcentury modern gems like the one today. This recent find — sent to us by reader Cheryl — is a 1960 mid century minimal masterpiece with lovely hints of Mondrian. Listed for sale by Lance Marrs from Living Room Realty, this stunning home is about as original as they come. Filled with warm wood walls and ceilings, cork floors, oodles of built-ins and what seems to be all the fabulous original light fixtures, this home is ready to house your vintage furniture collection. Thanks to photographer Jillian Doughty from 22pages photography, we have a whole lotta lovely photos to drool over. Let’s take a look, shall we?


From the listing:

Price: $429,900
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Partial Baths:1
Square Ft: 2,172

This 1960 home exudes mid-century cool. Flow, natural light & connection to outdoors were/are a primary consideration. Main floor for lounging, conversing & eating. Upper floor for sleeping, peace & quiet. Walk-out basement for play, work, and quick access to private yard. Every choice here is a mix of beauty & function; representing the design of the time. Updates: roof, driveway, yard, w/d, water heater, furnace, AC.

retro-wood-panelingWith all the craziness in retro interiors we often show here on the blog, it is nice to see this house — a model of livable perfection — in a more mid century modern, yet still modest style. This house is a breath of fresh air. Its timeless design makes it appeal to even those who have not been bitten by the retro decorating bug. The open floor plan of the main living area feel so modern — and those exposed beam, wood ceilings — wowza.

mid-century-wood-ceilingWall of windows, check. Amazing built-in storage, check. Cool light fixtures, check. This house just might have it all.

retro-galley-kitchenWhat an adorable vintage wall oven — in a sweet, buttery yellow.

retro-modern-kitchenI wish my upper kitchen cabinets had sliding doors like these. Also notice that tile back splash with dark grout.

And as always, there’s more house to see in our slide show — make sure to take a look.

Mega thanks to real estate agent Lance Marrs from Living Room Realty for allowing us to show this property and to Jillian Doughty from 22pages photography for giving us permission to share her photos of the property here on our blog.

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  1. Tim Thompson says:

    with a few modifications of course. it looks as if the garage has been converted at some point. (The carport at the front would have made a garage redundant perhaps.) And the built-ins at the end of the living room are customized for owner, but otherwise, similar enough.

  2. Carole says:

    Beautiful home. Maybe I should go for a ‘tour’ of it before it sells. lol

    I think that Oregonians have a strong connection w/ architecture. We love it not only for what it was, but for what it is. Even when the need to remodel arises, most homes are remodeled in keeping to what the house is supposed to be, not with another style in mind (ie turning a Victorian into a modern, etc).

    Last summer my husband and I toured several Rummer homes. Great experience!

  3. Corraun says:

    “What is it about Portland, Oregon? The city seems to have an unusually large stock of amazing time capsule homes of every style — from amazing 1938 tudors to sleek streamline moderne to compact and friendly midcentury modern gems like the one today. ”

    I have lived in Portland 14 years. I think the best way to respond is Portland is full of people who love retro and who appreciate time capsule homes. When renovating the two homes I have owned I have used your wonderful website to help me put things back to how they were when the houses were built.

  4. Panzyzz says:

    Absolutely gorgeous and Pam is totally correct – PERFECTION! I would move to Oregon just to live there. Lots of space, windows, roofline that I love, and the lighting is fabulous. Thanks for this Pam!

  5. Lisa Compo says:

    I love the wood ceilings and lots of built ins and the light fixtures, but there is something here that looks like they couldn’t make up their mind on a style. The kitchen cabinets seem a bit hodge-podge, but the sliding glass door units are awesome. I like how they decrease in size as they near the countertop. All the natural light and big windows do make it a lovely house overall.

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