Mid-Century Modern Homes for ‘American Dream Builders’ Fans

Two teams of designers and home builders renovated mid-century modern homes in this week’s episode of NBC’s home renovation reality show, American Dream Builders. The sleek architectural style, which is marked by a low-pitched roof and post-and-beam construction, first appeared in the 1940s and continued through the mid-1960s. Today, mid-century architecture and design is as popular as ever, with the “Mad Men”-style aesthetic filling furniture stores across the country.

For episode 2, Team Red was led by Lukas Machnik and Andrew Flesher oversaw Team Blue’s efforts. In the end, both homes’ Zestimate® home values increased by almost $150,000. While the Zestimate is not a substitute for an appraisal, it’s a great starting point for determining a home’s value.

Check out these classic mid-century homes for sale across the U.S. Click on the links below to see each home’s Zestimate, square footage, local school data and more.

Gulfport, FL

800 61st St S, Gulfport, FL
For sale: $224,900

Gulfport, FL
Just outside St Petersburg, this Gulfport home was built in 1957. The interior has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, vaulted beamed ceilings and a large back deck. The kitchen was updated last year wtih granite countertops, marble backsplash, new wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Phoenix, AZ

3702 E Paradise Dr, Phoenix, AZ
For sale: $319,500

Phoenix, AZ
Built in the “Haver style” defined by mid-century architect Ralph Haver, this Phoenix home retains it’s architectural roots. The interior has been renovated with “luxury finishes and a timeless palette,” according to the listing description. Highlights include porcelain tile flooring, flat-panel cabinetry, quartz countertops, a soaking tub and replastered pool.

Palm Springs, CA

688 E Spencer Dr, Palm Springs, CA
For sale: $539,000

Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs is known for having the largest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the country. George Alexander of the Alexander Construction Company is responsible for several built in the late 50′s and ’60s. He collaborated on homes, including this one, with architect William Krisel. The design the pair came up with is ideal for Palm Springs with a poolside patio and lots of windows for soaking in the desert sun.

Falls Church, VA

3015 Pine Spring Rd, Falls Church, VA
For sale: $599,900

Falls Church, VA
About 20 minutes from downtown D.C., this post-and-beam construction shows off several mid-century details including cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a brick fireplace. The home has 3 bedrooms, but the library could easily be converted to a fourth bedroom.

East Hampton, NY

(undisclosed address), East Hampton, NY
For sale: $1.195 million

East Hampton, NY
This East Hampton home sits on 100 feet of prime waterfront property overlooking Gardiners Bay. The mid-century style, open floorplan includes 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and a large deck. Ownership includes membership privileges in the Lion Head Beach Association.


Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design. Read more of her work here.

Source: http://www.zillow.com/blog/episode-2-homes-147382/


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