Mid-Century Modern on a budget? It can be done!
Clinging tightly to our wallets, we spotted eight of these architectural gems on the market, all priced under $300,000. They feature classic open floor plans, built-ins, and lots of glass to blur the line between indoors and out. Their price range is a minor miracle when you consider what these homes could command on the coasts.
This category of forward-thinking abodes with innovative designs is in high demand today. Some of the places we found have been updated a bit, while preserving original elements such as wood paneling and exposed beams.
So grab a highball and join us as we tour affordable Mid-Century Modern options across the country. At these prices, they won’t last long.
Price: $193,500 Modern mentionables: Modern in Kansas? Yes! The iconic details of this two-bedroom home from 1956 include enormous sliding glass doors and windows, a stone fireplace, built-in shelves, and hardwood floors. You’ll go bananas for the period furnishings and updated kitchen.
Price: $179,900 Modern mentionables: This rustic residence stole our hearts when we spotted the living room. Open to the second floor, it features a soaring ceiling, walls of glass, a stone floor, and built-in bookshelves. The room flows into the dining room and an updated kitchen. In addition to a main-floor master suite, there’s also a loft family room. The home’s large windows open to the patio and dining area outside.
Price: $185,000 Modern mentionables: This 7-acre spread comes with a main house and a guesthouse. The custom-built house features two fireplaces, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen, and light-filled “hearth room” with sliding doors leading to the patio and pool.
Little Rock, AR
Price: $205,000 Modern mentionables: Built in 1957, this four-bedroom home features original exposed wood beams, an open kitchen, wood ceilings, and sliding glass doors that open to the outside. Prepare to budget for a few updates to the kitchen and baths.
Grand Rapids, MI
Price: $164,000 Modern mentionables: Measuring a whopping 2,500 square feet, this home from 1959 contains offers a few original features for those who appreciate a retro look. It’s being sold as is, bu the price leaves plenty of room in your wallet for a little sprucing up. The layout includes a living and dining space, and a spacious kitchen with a den. You can enjoy a sunroom, along with original built-ins, knotty pine paneling, and terrazzo flooring in the kitchen, plus colorful tile in the bathrooms.
Price: $299,900 Modern mentionables: Hello, Iowa! This swanky number from 1954 features a great room with a high ceiling, two walls of glass, redwood paneling, and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. The still-mod interior includes a dining area and an open kitchen, highlighted by concrete countertops and a built-in coffee bar. The four-bed, three-bath layout includes a finished basement with a second living room and bath.
Des Moines, IA
Price: $295,900 Modern mentionables: In Northern California right off Highway 5, you’ll find this red-hot vintage number in Red Bluff. Original features include walls of glass, a brick fireplace, and wood floors. Those details dovetail with modern updates such as a new kitchen, breakfast nook that opens to the backyard, and two-car garage with a man cave.
Red Bluff, CA
Price: $299,000 Modern mentionables: NOLA never disappoints. Consider this renovated modern masterpiece. The custom-built home was designed by Warren J. Nolan in 1963. It’s centered around a courtyard with a fountain, which can be viewed from the floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly all the rooms in the house. The kitchen has been redone with granite countertops, and finishes include exposed ceiling beams and brick walls. Outside there’s a patio area with built-in barbecue, a porch swing, and a grassy yard.