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.

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:

  1. Ms. FMV says:

    IDK if there is an official name for this sort of decor. Properly we could call it something like 1970s Neo Colonial. I’ve nicknamed it “Cheers Style.” Looks like the set of Cheers. In this case, Cheers meets Partridge Family.

  2. Jay says:

    WAH! Where’s the avocado green? I like how eveyone is relating to the interiors. It’s obvious that If I want a large cool house, 50s – 70s; I have to move to the PA hinterlands and away from Phila. The $ buys more house and ground.

  3. hannah says:

    PAM!!! OMG!! That’s the EXACT same kitchen table set my parents (and many others, I’m sure) had from 1965-ish until the last time I saw it at my dads house for his funeral. That would be 2001. THAT, is what I keep looking for on CL for our kitchen. Even though ‘early american’ is not my bag….it’s what I think would go with the house.

    LOVE THE plaid carpet!!!!!

    1. Robin, NV says:

      My grandma had the same table. She even had wallpaper in basically the same colors, only the flowers were more daisy-like.

    2. Ada says:

      Don’t know how close you are to East Tennessee, but I see LOADS of these sets for sale on the Tri Cities CL and local fb selling sites constantly…and they’re usually crazy cheap!

  4. Trouble says:

    I feel 10 again. Wow. Yes, this is typical of the furnishings I was around. Traditional with the then-modern palette. I appreciate this house.

  5. gsciencechick says:

    No one has mentioned the SIX-car garage! Wow. I would be in heaven. Yes, me, not DH.

    Love the family room with the orange couches and den especially.

    My family had the colonial/early American dining furniture, and sorry, I am still not a fan of this style.

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