Forever plaid: A 1978 Pennsylvania time capsule house

pinch pleat drapesTour-a-Time-CapsuleOur realtor friend Jeffrey Hogue is at it again — sharing his photos of yet another awe-inducing retro time capsule listing with the appreciative Retro Renovation tribe. This time, the home is a warm and inviting 1978 ranch in the forest, located in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania. This groovy time capsule is filled to the brim with cozy wood paneling, vintage wallpaper, pinch pleat draperies and yes — even a fantastic plaid wall-to-wall carpeting. (See our stories about where to find plaid carpet today, here.)  Let’s take a look at this woodsy, retro retreat, shall we?


retro-plaid-carpetFrom the listing:

  • Price: $239,900
  • Square feet: 2,282
  • Year built: 1978
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5

Country rancher on private lot located in Maidencreek Township, Berks County, PA. Total square footage listed includes 782 square feet of living space in finished walkout basement. More features coming soon. Until then, enjoy the great home photos.

  • 2 Full Baths & 1 Powder Room
  • 36 x 8 Wood Deck
  • Concrete Patio
  • 24 x 24 Detached Two-Car Garage
  • 15.9 x 28.0 Basement Garage/Workshop
  • 39.7 x 21.10 Three-Car Garage With Openers
  • 2,282 Square Feet of Living Space. Includes 782 sq ft in finished basement. Home hand measured.

retro-wood-panelled-kitchenThe kitchen is loaded with modern country charm. Durable-looking plank wood cabinets (plank style cabinet doors are one of Pam’s favorites — a pretty timeless style, she says), along with a wood paneled soffit, a range hood with decorative scalloping, and exposed beams really make this kitchen special. With a layout that must be fabulous for cooking and entertaining, how could you not love this space?

vintage-flower-wallpaperTo complement all of the wood tones, the homeowners added a flowery vintage wallpaper in warm orange, gold and green. Ah, the 70s! Check out that built-in desk and storage area, very handy.

retro-wall-muralHey, a wallpaper mural hiding behind the bed in this bedroom! The tropical island subject matter of the mural is likely a welcome visual vacation during dreary winter days.

mid-century-ranch-exteriorThe home’s garage doors are treated with the same siding as the house, only used on a diagonal. This siding treatment really helps the doors to blend in with the home’s exterior instead of taking too much attention away from the entry — a smart design feature for a home with six garages.

Mega thanks to realtor Jeffrey Hogue for again sending us such a splendid set of photos from this amazing time capsule home in Shoemakersville, PA.

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  1. John says:

    LLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEE the plaid carpet! LOVE unfortunatley it will probably be the first thing to go. unfortunate… because I do love it so.

  2. Richard says:

    My family TOTALLY had the groovy wallpaper going on in full force during the 1970s and into the early 80s. And it was shiny, silver reflective mylar, baby! Foyers, Kitchens and Bathrooms…even the bathroom ceiling: totally super! This place looks more like the family’s decor choices swayed to the “traditional” side (rather than chic contemporary late 70s), but very true to the period nonetheless! Priceless.

  3. Malissa says:

    HOLY CRAP! This is in my county! I’m so used to seeing west coast properties featured on here it blew my mind to see one close to home! Very cool find and LOVE the plaid carpet!

  4. ToddC says:

    This is a great house – some may say that this is not mid century but the home plan likely is. Think about it, in 1978 the plan for that house likely would have been developed in a house plan book in the 1960’s or 1970’s. Just like if you were building a house today, the plany may be a late 1990’s or early 2000’s plan.

    The front of the house has a great, slow slung late 60’s ranch and it’s a style that endured in the east and northeast well into the late 70’s and 80’s. Sure, some of the pieces are based in more mid century design (that mural in the bedroom is very 50’s and 60’s to me) but the colors in this house are very 70’s.

    Also notice that the garage looks like it may have been expanded from an original two car…. the driveway was expanded to the right of what looks like the downspout for the gutter. You can see the original curve to the drive leading to the two car garage.

    I bet the floorplan is very “executive home” and was higher end for 1978 with a living room, family room… liklely a first floor laundry etc.

  5. Catherine says:

    I think this house is just lovely. 70s is not really my style, but I do really like this house. I even like the plaid carpeting and matching drapes! The color scheme is very cohesive and the decor thoughtfully planned. Someone put a lot of care into building this home for their family. I think the family that purchases this home will enjoy living there!

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