Warm and beautiful 1962 mid-century modern brick ranch time capsule house — Norfolk, Virginia

retro-room-dividerTour-a-Time-CapsuleSnaps to reader Andrew, who let us know about this 1962 Norfolk, Virginia time capsule home, listed for sale by realtor Mick ShawThe home retains most of its original details, including a fabulous mid-century modern room divider/planter, an amazing built-in Nutone entertainment system, original lighting, and two sets of sparkle gold laminate counter tops — one white, one pink. Thanks to some great photography courtesy of Tom Benvenuto, real estate agent and architectural photographer in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we can all admire this home’s classic mid-century charm.

mid century modern ranch houseAbove: The house is lovely on the outside… but wait ’til you get inside…

mid-century-room-dividerYou’ve gotta love that slate flooring in the entryway and those original pendant light fixtures, but the real showpiece of the space is this unusual mid-century modern room divider. Not only does the divider add pattern and interest to the home’s entry, it also is a planter with a floor to ceiling shelf detail.


From the listing:

  • Price: $175,000
  • Year built: 1962
  • Square footage: 1,973
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5

Stunning mid century modern brick ranch with an incredible retro personality. Very unique architecture and gardens. Cathedral ceilings, huge windows, new roof-carport and double patio on wood lot.

built-in-nutone-retroThe home’s main living space boasts a huge brick fireplace and a super cool built in Nutone radio/intercom system.

nutone-intercom-systemCould those doors be for a built-in record player and record storage? Looks like there might be even a speaker built into the fireplace.

vintage-blue-bathroomA blue and white vintage bathroom with a mosaic floor tile pattern we’ve never seen before – nice!… Hall Mack integrated toothbrush holder and what looks to be a sleek laminate vanity that appears to be original.

pink-vintage-bathroomDon’t worry, there’s a pink bathroom too — one that has a pink sparkle laminate counter top.

mid-century-front-doorThe home’s exterior  landscaping details like the unusual circular cement raised garden bed near the front door. I’m already trying to figure out how to construct one of these at my house.

mid-century-brick-ranchWhat a beautiful — and livable — mid-century house. Clearly loved, and maintained by its owners over the years. 🙂

Mega thanks to Realtor Mick Shaw for allowing us to feature this home and to real estate agent and architectural photographer Tom Benvenuto for supplying us with a photo tour of the property.

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  1. Catalina says:

    I’m the new proud owner of this beauty! We tried to keep everything as is, except the kitchen was remodeled by the previous owners, which made the house even more beautiful.

    1. Felicia Alexander says:

      Congratulations, Catalina! I’m delighted to learn this wonderful house will retain its midcentury charm for years to come.

  2. Felicia Alexander says:

    What a treasure! I’m an enormous fan of MCM dividing screens, and this one is a beauty. The den with the Nutone system built into the wood paneling next to the fireplace is lovely. The bathrooms, the original light fixtures (especially the ones in the foyer, which complement the screen so beautifully), the combination of variety and flow from room to room–everything about this house is simply exquisite. I hope whoever bought it has the wisdom to preserve its midcentury character.

  3. Leslie Davison Sutton says:

    So glad to see that these classic Mid Century homes are still out there intact. As Americans we so carelessly discard old things for the latest trend and lose our cultural heritage and historic objects.
    I hope the new owner respects the original character of this timeless

  4. RBB says:

    My family’s house in NJ had that exact NuTone system. A split Colonial built in 1962. Each room had a two-way speaker–the idea was that you could play music or use them to monitor your kids. We had a fold-down turntable. It was there with the house when we sold in it 2006. Great stuff!

  5. Kay says:

    Oh Melinda have an open house!! We will all bring you wonderful midcentury housewarming gifts. lol I don’t think too many of us could make it.

    Please update us on any projects you do.

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