A modern house built in 1955 in Glasgow, Kentucky was recently listed for sale by owner on Craigslist. It is a solid example of classic mid-century design, by an architect named Jack West who is known for his work in Sarasota, Florida. The home has 1,850 square feet, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The asking price is $225,000.
According to the owners, this is the first time the house has been for sale since it was built in 1955. They call it an, “All original home with updates in the kitchen and baths,” situated on a, “Large wooded lot on quiet street in a beautiful neighborhood.” The house features an open floor plan with glass
walls on two sides and slate floors. The property also has over-sized two car detached garage.
The architect, Jack West, has an impressive body of design work, including several schools in Sarasota and the Sarasota City Hall. He worked with renowned architect Paul Rudolph, as part of the Sarasota School of Architecture.
After featuring a Richard Neutra designed home in Shreveport, Louisiana as our “House of the Week,” it seemed fitting to showcase a few of his other designs. His design approach placed considerable value on actually living in the dwelling. Therefore, he included many built-ins and visualized the spaces already furnished. The venerable architect often selected furniture for his clients that complemented his house designs, resulting in the optimal cohesive final product. Wise clients accepted this advice, and ceded control to him in that category. With the appropriate furnishings and decor, his houses are pure modern masterpieces. Here are three of the best.
1. The Kaufmann House
The Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California
The “House of the Week” is typically in Nashville, TN, but this week the featured property is so special it deserves our attention all the way in Shreveport, Louisiana. It is a rare offering of a home designed by the distinguished Richard Neutra, who is my favorite architect. Part of what makes it so rare is the geographic location. The vast majority of Neutra’s residential works are located in California, where his modern style is an ideal fit. Other than one home in Iowa and one in Texas, few known Neutra products are found outside of the west, other than a handful of commercial designs such as an auditorium, library, and chemical building. This Shreveport home is a wildly unique opportunity for a Neutra fan to purchase one of his houses east of the Mississippi River. The price of $597,298 is the second component of rarity. Compared to Neutra’s Kaufmann House, Singleton House, and Staller House which have all been for sale with price tags over $10,000,000 the Shreveport house is significantly more accessible.
The Neutra Shreveport house is a sprawling 5,137 square feet, with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. Due to it’s size, the asking price is only $116 per square foot. The listing agent, Lauren West with Keller Williams, says it is, “Not only a home, but a WORK OF
Living in an old grain silo doesn’t exactly sound very sleek or stylish. But architect Christoph Kaiser transformed a Kansas farm silo he bought online into a unique custom home that showcases inventive use of space and incredibly beautiful materials. He lives in the home with his wife in Phoenix, AZ. It is comprised of 190 square feet of living space, and has an additional sleeping loft. Ten inch thick spray foam insulation was applied between the shell of the silo and the finished interior walls, resulting in a tight, efficient dwelling. The majority of the interior wood is walnut that Kaiser purchased from Craigslist for $350. After much thoughtful planning and labor to finish the silo, it appears the Kaisers will be reaping a harvest of comfortable living for years to come.
All photos by Mark Lipczynski.
The featured house of the week is 1709 Tyne Boulevard Nashville, TN 37215. It is a three bedroom, three and a half bathroom modern style dwelling that was built in 1989. The listing agent, Barbara Moutenot with Village Real Estate Services, says the house has a, “flowing floorplan with spacious rooms and soaring ceilings, truly one of a kind.” Situated on 5.2 acres of wooded land in the Forest Hills neighborhood, the property’s list price is $1,850,000. It has over 4600 square feet of living area and a two car garage. Ms. Moutenot says that it has, “stunning views of downtown and nature.” The winding driveway turns off of Tyne Blvd. and leads up to the home, perched on a hill where downtown Nashville is visible about eight miles away.
Our featured House of the Week is 1212 Laurel Street #1605, Nashville, TN in the structure named Twelve Twelve. Although it is technically a condo and not a house, the prime location in The Gulch and lush green rooftop may be enough to make some buyers forget they wanted a yard. The newly constructed building contains, “286 finely finished residences enclosed in 23 stories of glass,” according to its website. However, many of the units sold quickly, and only a few dozen remain available. #1605 is a two bedroom two bath unit with 1,207 square feet, priced at $581,000, which comes out to $481 per
The featured house this week is 5854 Fredricksburg Drive, Nashville, TN 37215. View the full MLS listing here, and additional photos and a video tour here. I’ll go ahead and disclose that this is a property that I own, as my family enjoyed many great memories in the seven years we lived here. But now this modern retreat is fully renovated and ready for new owners. It was designed by a local architect in 1969, and construction was completed in 1971. My family purchased it from the original owners in 2007. It had been meticulously maintained and retained all originality, right down to the avacado cooktop and range hood.