No, you’re not having deja vu. You have seen this Disney Streets midcentury modern before.
Your first introduction may have been in 1954, when this George Halfin-designed, atomic-era house was featured in the 1954 Parade of Homes. After that, it’s been on and off the market several times, featured in D Magazine, CultureMap, and more. And just as many times as it’s been featured, the price has been changed. Back in 2010, 11023 Pinocchio was listed for $379,900. In 2014, it was on the market for $450,000.
And today, the home — unstaged and bare save for some plants in the sunroom — is marketed by Rogers Healy & Associates Realtor Brittany Hughes for …
wait for it …
Now, it’s true: some people are willing to pay a premium for midcentury modern homes, especially those with the trademark details of the era, such as angled windows and cabinets, vaulted and angled ceilings, and clerestory windows. This home has all of that, plus a pink bathroom.
And we do know that this home looks fabulous when staged. When it was sold in 2014, it was full to the brim with furniture that really showed off the 2,523-square-foot home. So why is it not staged now? Because, since it was sold in 2015, it has been leased as a rental property.
According to the listing agent, the home has a new tenant, and more photos will be taken soon as the accent walls have been repainted. Hughes says the home is perfect for a buyer who wants to put their personal touch on it.
The home has three bedrooms, two baths (with original tile and cabinetry!), an attached one-car carport, and sits on a 106-foot-wide lot. It’s easy to fall in love with the built-ins in the living room and the cabinetry throughout, as it really speaks to the period of the home. Hughes said that there aren’t any midcentury modern homes like this one on the market in the area, and there’s quite a bit of demand for them.
“Everyone wants a midcentury modern right now,” she said, adding that the price is in line with what homes in the area are selling for.
However, without furniture and accessories, potential buyers might not see the charm, says stager Karen Eubank.
“The house has a tremendous amount of potential that I think the vast majority of buyers won’t see because, frankly no one has time, much less energy to visualize a house as a home — especially when you have a highly stylized home. It’s the sort of place that you want to attract a hip, young buyer to, but think about that — hip young buyers are both working their tails off. They have zero time to paint, carpet, lay flooring, re-tile, landscape, and they simply don’t want to,” Eubank said. “For the first time in history we have a buyer base that is ready, willing, and able to wait for that perfect home. They have money and they don’t mind staying put or renting until they find the dream home.”
Of course, Hughes noted that there’s a tenant now, and that the property has had a little freshening up since these photos. And don’t let the fact that there’s a renter dissuade you — Hughes said that the current occupant is fine with vacating after closing.
Still, we are in love with these details, which are so rare to find in midcentury moderns. What’s truly wonderful is that new appliances, counters, and other fixtures have been updated while leaving the charming atomic-era details in place. We love the kitchen, which has those fun angled corner windows that make you feel like you’re having pancakes on a ship’s bow!
And those fun angles are carried over into the cabinetry in the hall bath, too. We love the original tile in the bathrooms, and a fun shower curtain and some accessories could really show off the classic appeal of the pink bathroom!
Also lovely is this sunroom, which is fully enclosed. It’s a great spot for mosquito-free Tiki parties, plus you have a wonderful spot to stay warm and get some sun during the winter. Imagine some cool and curvy chaises or even some modern wicker sectionals and grab a book or a cocktail!
The listing agent, Brittney Hughes, says that this is just the place for someone to buy and put their own stamp on, so vision is a must. We hope that whoever buys this home will fall for the midcentury modern details throughout this Disney Streets cutie just as we have.
Are you that visionary buyer?