This new listing is what retro dreams are made of. Don't take our word for it—just look at the baby-pink alcove, orange wallpaper, and brick fireplace (and partial wall) in this circa-1957 time capsule.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home clocks in at just over 1,800 square-feet and is going for—wait for it—just under $220,000. An over-the-top luxury mansion it is not, but a dream home nonetheless for anyone who appreciates mid-century modern architecture and vintage, colorful vibes.
This place has both in spades. And located in the Glenbrook Valley area—one of our favorites, as noted in our 2018 Top Neighborhoods issue—it's in good company. This little Hobby-area district is big on character and a veritable treasure trove of meticulously maintained mid-century modern design, chock-full of flat-top ranches with wood paneling, exposed brick, and pastel-colored tiles so beloved in the era (and making a major comeback in today's interiors) at price points particularly suited for first-time buyers.
Before you accuse us of bias, we're not the only ones who love Glenbrook: It was also named a top 'hood by This Old House in 2013, and the only Texas spot to earn the accolade. It's actually Houston's largest historic district, and one of the largest post-WWII historic districts anywhere. Noteworthy residents include fashion designer Onyii Brown, artist and bar owner Robin Berwick, and Galveston Arts Center curator Dennis Nance, among other quirky, artsy types drawn to the funky character of the area.
Want to move in? This little charmer boasts an open layout ideal for entertaining with a spacious front living area, hardwood floors, a sunny den featuring vaulted ceilings and a skylight, corner gas-log fireplace, and sliding doors to a covered patio and fenced-in backyard beyond. The original kitchen—with a vintage cooktop—has plentiful cabinet space and room for an island, while a vintage light fixture and bay window are standout features of the dining room.
Three sizable bedrooms feature original hardwoods, and both full baths have vintage tile. And while the home retains its mid-century cred, it has been brought into 2020 with electrical, hot water heater, and other updates.