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A 1974 double A-frame time capsule house: Twice the fun!

double a frame houseTour-a-Time-CapsuleIs it true what they say: “Double the A-Frame, Double the fun?” In the case of this 1974 A-Frame home for sale in Charlestown, Indiana — full of colorful, eclectic design, we declare it must be true. This single-owner, custom-built, charming stone-clad home has loads of character, two retro fireplaces, and large windows that let in views of the gorgeous nature surrounding it. Won’t you c’mon in and check it out? 

double a frame houseFrom the property listing:

  • Price: $300,000
  • Year built: 1974
  • Square footage: 3,400+
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 full

ONE OWNER CUSTOM, ONE OF A KIND, PRICED BELOW RECENT APPRAISAL, 2 MASTER SUITES, secluded contemporary eclectic unique double A FRAME on 4.955 ACRES, 3400+ finished sq. ft., 4-5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, spiral staircases, lighted 28’x 15′ attic storage, new water heater, 4+ car garage, floating fireplace, c/b two separate living quarters (great for guests, teenagers, caretaker, in-laws). All appliances remain, including 2 stack washer/dryer units in master suites. Mature walnut & poplar trees are like a savings account. Sit on the extensive decking and watch wildlife stroll by. Even have your own chickens, goats or horses. You must see to appreciate. Listing agent will be present for all showings. Cannot see from entrance. Please respect owner’s privacy, no drive-bys please.

1970s a frame houseImmediately upon entering, you are greeted with interesting architectural spaces, patterns and colors. Pam is krazee, she says, for the krazee floor tile and, well, everything! 

1970s a frame houseThere are multiple spiral staircases. We are confused about where the one shown above goes to — a basement?

1970s a frame house 1970s a frame houseThe home’s main living space has amazing floor-to-ceiling windows that open out onto a deck and — oh my word: Look at that round floating fireplace! We are totally digging those color-blocked walls, too.

1970s a frame houseCheck out these awesome rustic wall sconces!

1970s a frame houseThe kitchen and dining area have an A-frame of their own. We’re thinking that this second spiral staircase goes up to a sleeping loft.

1970s a frame houseLove that warm, wood paneling, hung both horizontally and vertically.

1970s a frame house 1970s a frame houseOne of the bathrooms even has a yellow tub and matching tile — set on the angled wall. And dig the leopard print wallpaper. The only thing that this house is missing is our favorite 1970s Kohler sunken soaker tub!

1970s a frame houseThis upstairs bedroom has a fun surprise…

1970s a frame house

An orange retro cone shaped fireplace! Also of note, the colorful shag carpeting and mirrored wall tiles — we are reminded of Todd and Jackie’s Groovy Getaway — that creative pair went all-out to create a similar look — and here we have it now, in Time Capsule form!

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  1. Scott says:

    I’ve never seen a double. There’s alot to process inside but the perfect symmetry of exterior makes all my OCD circuits happy.

    Lamps and light fixtures of the 70s with all their rich colors are fantastic. Its a bit of a cheat, but I’ve mixed several in with my mostly 1960s furniture and they blend perfectly.

  2. Katie B. says:

    I love this. You can tell someone decorated this place with only things they really liked. I have always adored A-frames since I was a child. If I ever get a vacation property, I want an A-frame tiny house!

  3. Allison says:

    Oh, golly, we built an A-frame house in 1977. And when I say built, I mean every single solitary nail driven, every board cut, every outlet wired, every sq ft of cement mixed, every yard of drainfield ditch dug was done by the labor of hubby, myself, and the occasional friend… with nary a “professional” in sight. *sigh* What energy we had.

    A-frames was considered an easy DIY style of construction, but they make uncomfortable houses.

    But they do look cool in magazine illustrations!

  4. Nina462 says:

    the phrase is “there is a fine line between tasteful and tacky”. Feel free to use it, I say it all the time!

  5. Deanne says:

    I don’t know why – but my first thought was “Awww, it’s the Fisher Price A-frame house in real life!” The middle part looks like it should just open right up! Put a handle on top and you have a play toy for the jolly green giant! Love it.

  6. Carolyn says:

    As a teenager then, I don’t remember a whole lot of the 1970’s except the weird stuff: matching white shoes and belt for your polyester leisure suit and Quiana knit shirt (OK, I like the Quiana knits, so soft!) open to…there and the creepy mustache.
    I agree that those who hate MCM think of the ’70’s first (odd, since it’s pretty much at the end of Mid-Century!) but this house, oh, THIS house – they sure did it right! What an entrance! That tile and then how they continued the hues throughout the house. The fireplaces – fondue and apres ski, anyone? This is how you do shag carpets!
    Oh, to come along with the prospective buyers who appreciate this and what the expressions on their faces.
    Look at the picture of the chair with the red pillow – could that be where that stairs goes down to?

  7. Marilyn says:

    This house, for me is a little overwhelming with so many angles and colors. I never was particularly excited with the 70’s decor…too mis-mash…..I am sure others will love it…..

  8. SuzyB says:

    OMG! If this house was in my neighborhood (in Canada), I would buy it in a heart beat and not change a thing! My girls would have SO many places to play hide and seek!

  9. Stephanie O says:

    I agree with SuzyB: this wonderful, whimsical house makes my heart SING! The light from those spectacular windows, the cubby space, the funkadelic detailing … what a happy vibe this place gives off!

  10. judy mcfarlane says:

    Thank you so much for allowing us a glimpse into these well preserved time capsules. What a feast for the eyes.

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