Redwood paneling: check. Plenty of floor-to-ceiling glass: check. A sleek, original mid-century kitchen featured in a 1966 issue of Better Homes & Garden: check. This two-bed, two-bath Hilshire Village home listed for $890,000 is enough to satisfy any mod-lover's fantasy.

At just over 2,000 square feet, the one-owner Guinea Drive abode was built on a verdant 15,700-square-foot lot in 1964, designed by Rice architect Tom McKittrick as a personal residence for his family. It has all the trappings of a classic MCM space, and many of the original architectural details remain intact—like interior "floating" brick walls, poured terrazzo, floor-to-ceiling glass ("outside-in" was a cornerstone concept of the design period), sliding partitions, and more. An additional guest house with a two-story main room, loft space (with spiral stair access), and full bath, added in 1972, can function as a home office or artist studio.

Originally built with three bedrooms, the home saw a single wall removal to create dual master suites. The open-concept main living area is equipped with sliding partitions for optional separation. That space includes a formal dining area, study, built-in hidden computer desk, and eat-in kitchen—the latter preserved in the aforementioned BH&G spread. That 1966 photo, included in the HAR listing, shows a bright yellow and orange color scheme; today, the space is sleek and modern in a gray and white palette with the 3-by-6-foot skylight the definitive star of the show. There's yet another over the shower area of the original master bath, which also boasts redwood walls and original cabinetry and hardware for the mid-century purist.

Outdoor space abounds on this giant lot, including courtyards and patios adjacent to giant glass sliders, continuing the indoor/outdoor concept so central to modernist design. All told, it's a charming throwback, and, at under a million, something of a bargain compared to other comparable properties. It should come as no surprise, then, that it appears under pending contract after just a week on the market.

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