My Aunt's house, a MCM classic

sushipup1July 25, 2014

I want to share this with people who will appreciate it. My aunt and uncle built this house in the early/mid 50's and I recall it well from our visits when I was young,

The restoration looks nice (except that room with the lights on the ceiling!). It looks like the downstairs is almost an in-law unit, and that galley kitchen wasn't there, just a bar in the family room. The site slopes down from the wall where the piano (same place that Aunt Marie had her piano!), the DR and the breakfast area of the kitchen is, which is a couple of feet below grade, and then the other side of the LR opens onto a lovely deck.

(I don't recall the area under the deck, perhaps it was an addition?)

I was just poking around and found this when it was on the market a couple of years ago, and my cousins were happy to see the pictures. Brought back lots of happy memories for all of us.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Aunt's house

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Patricia43

It looks like, save the beautiful upgrades, one that I knew as a child.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 5:25PM
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Fun2BHere

Almost any house with that many bookshelves will draw me in. This seems like a very livable version of MCM. I didn't quite understand the two kitchens or the room with tons of lights on the ceiling, though. Are the two kitchens back to back?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 5:52PM
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emmarene

I loved it, thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 5:53PM
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sushipup1

The galley kitchen wasn't there before, but I assume it's downstairs off the family room. Perhaps an in-law arrangement or people who did massive entertaining?

I have no explanation for the room with the lights....

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 6:00PM
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palimpsest

I like it a lot.

Are the dining room and kitchen eat-in area backed up to a bunch of rocks? It's kind artistic to have the windows facing the rock.

The room with all the light bulbs is interesting, it looks like it's some sort of high 1980s interpretation of something. It may be hard to get bulbs for that soon.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 6:41PM
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tomatofreak

Love the house and the beautiful site even more.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 7:07PM
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gsciencechick

Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 8:34PM
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cyn427

Swooning here. Love the house! Wish I could find one like it here. Also, thanks for linking to the listing. I always like to see where places are and what the market is!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 8:37PM
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arkansas_girl

I just love it! I love that era built homes.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 8:43PM
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robo (z6a)

I. LOVE. IT.

I was getting kind of a Japanese feel before I read about the architect. Stunning! That dining room, that rock wall, that everything.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 9:08PM
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sjhockeyfan325

Wow!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 9:46PM
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blfenton

I had trouble leaving the living room.

I love this house.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 9:58PM
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rockybird

I absolutely love this home!. It's beautiful!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 10:11PM
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jakabedy

It's lovely.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:10AM
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sushipup1

The wall to the left is a little below grade, just a couple of feet, and then there is a retaining wall in stone 3 or 4 feet behind that. Then it drops off to that lovely deck.

The architect, Yamasaki, also did the World Trade Center, He designed another house for my aunt and uncle but they decided that they didn't like that lot, and so commissioned this one.

I was so pleased to see how much looks original, like the wall of suspended cabinets from DR to piano. The kitchen looks good, SubZero and Thermadore were in stainless way back then (for those who think it's just a current fad!).

My aunt was a fan of everything from Cranbrook, which is just down the street, and the house was filled with Saarinen goodies and other wonderful furnishings.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 1:14AM
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graywings123

Lovely! That half round table is cool!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:02AM
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robo (z6a)

"The architect, Yamasaki, also did the World Trade Center, He designed another house for my aunt and uncle but they decided that they didn't like that lot, and so commissioned this one."

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 9:43AM
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luckygal

MCM has never been my favorite style altho this house could change that! It's really, really nice. TFS

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:32AM
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jill302

Love, love, love! Even the kitchen and I have a hard time finding MCM homes with a decent kitchen.

Reminds me of my great-aunt's home that my dad inherited and sold back when I was in my early 20s, I could not afford to buy the house. I remember crying when the house was sold, my Dad has only recently has come to regret selling the home. It was also a custom home, designed by my great-aunt and on a wonderful piece of property.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:09PM
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