Better Homes & Gardens ‘1958 Idea House of the Year’ by Omer Mithun

1958 midcentury idea housetime capsuleBack in the day, actual house plans were widely promoted in the nation’s largest shelter magazines. Today: A time capsule house for sale that was originally featured in Better Homes & Gardens as one of Six Idea Homes of the Year for 1958. And yes, it’s quite a beauty — inside and out!

This beautiful home — a 1960 time capsule home listed for sale in Keene, Texas is fresh on the market from our Retro Realtor friend Ed Murchison. And look at that price: Just $95,000.

We love this one: Despite its modest size, this home lives large — boasting floor-to-ceiling picture windows in the living room that look out over a huge patio — creating a feeling of spaciousness and a blurred line between indoors and out. And, the interior finishes — they look so well made, like they were built just yesterday!

better-homes-and-gardens-idea-homes-of-the-year2Ed actually had the 1958 Better Homes & Gardens magazine cover to share with us. This house for sale is the model directly under the magazine’s masthead.

From the property listing:

  • Price: $95,000
  • Year built: 1960
  • Square footage: 1,466
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2

A rare opportunity to own a 1958 Idea Home of the Year!!!  Built in 1960 from Omer Mithun plans, as presented in the 1958, September issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  This gem of a little house packs lots of architectural interest into its smart, compact design.  Set on a large lot, the home opens out to a generous patio and side yard…a perfect place for entertaining.  Step through the front door and into the living room featuring vaulted ceilings exposed beams, cozy fireplace and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows affording views out to the patio and lawn.  The kitchen retains the original cabinets with a cool floating upper storage cabinet.  The dining room,  just off the kitchen also features a wall of sliding glass providing easy access for outdoor dining.  There is spacious master bedroom with its own bath plus two additional bedrooms and a second bath.  The carport has been conveyed to a game room or would make a perfect home office.  What a great piece of Mid-century Modern history in the quiet, small town of Keene which is a quick 45 minute drive from Fort Worth thanks to the new Chisholm Trail Parkway.

1958 midcentury idea house

This particular model Idea Home was the smallest one of the bunch at 1,218 sq. ft., but you’d never know it because of the smart layout, handy storage and the large windows, which help to let in the outdoors — and loads of light. In addition, prior owners of the home converted the carport into a finished living space, adding 248 sq. ft. to the home.

1958 midcentury idea houseYou can see how large the living area feels because of the wall of windows as soon as you enter the home.

1958 midcentury idea houseIn a warm climate like Texas, I bet a nice large patio like this would see a lot of use almost year round.

1958 midcentury idea house1958 midcentury idea houseThe home is full of lovely midcentury design elements — like the exposed beams that pass through the clerestory windows in the main living room — wow! And how about that gorgeous fireplace!

1958 midcentury idea houseThe home’s kitchen and dining area is also very open, light and bright. Notice the supersized picture window over the sink. Don’t you just love those floating, sliding door cabinets? And the wood used in the cabinets themselves — gorgeous, still today. 

1958 midcentury idea houseThe tall pony wall (should we call a “tall pony wall” a “horse wall”?) between the kitchen and dining area is nice — anyone working in the kitchen can hear and see what’s going on in the dining room, but when the family sits down to dinner, they don’t have to see the mess made from cooking.

Note, it looks like this house got some decorating updates in the 1980s — the window treatments all have telltale shades of peachy-mauve. Even so, we’d be tempted to keep them a long long time — like the rest of this house, they appear high quality — very expensive to replicate today. If they are goodies: Love the curtains you get!

1958 midcentury idea house

bathroom floor
Wilson House pink bathroom — see our complete story here

Of course, there’s even a pink bathroom! This laminate really reminds of the pink laminate used in The Wilson House. Considering Wilsonart was based in Texas, we bet it’s the same.

Mega thanks to Realtor Ed Murchison for sharing this property with us and for Shoot2Sell Photography for giving us permission to feature these photos.

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  1. lee says:

    No mention yet of the early, way-ahead-of-its-time induction cooktop! Also like the laundry machines right in the kitchen area.

    These look almost like 50 year old photos taken when the house was new.

  2. Donn Reese says:

    We have wall-to-wall carpet in our 1961 Storybook Ranch except for a storage closet where there is brown/tan VCT type tile. As I have done work around the house I’ve had occasion to pull back corners of the carpet and see the same tile everywhere so it appears the entire house was originally done that way. The carpet is not from the 1960s so I don’t know when the oringal owners first carpeted.

  3. pam kueber says:

    In 1971, my parents built a split level ranch. I adored it! That’s the house where I was able to decorate my own bedroom. It was a total groove pad.

  4. Leslie says:

    @roseana auten
    I am in the process of buying a home very similar to this one about an hour north of Dallas. My realtor said the windows aren’t code but would be “grandfathered” in to pass inspection. Can’t imagine they’d make you re-place them!

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