Oh, just you wait.

Sometimes, you buy a house and it’s older — nay, vintage — but someone has lovingly and thoughtfully updated it. Sometimes, you buy that house and someone has wiped all semblance of its past out and you might not even know what it year it was born in if you didn’t look at the listing.

And sometimes, like last week’s Wednesday WTF, it’s a complete time capsule, seemingly kept hermetically sealed in pristine condition from whatever era it happened until the family it belongs to decided to list it.

Guess what?

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I am dying over these pics. The San Francisco Globe published these amazing photos of an untouched 1956 PINK kitchen filled with vintage GE appliances that have never been used! The home’s owner, furniture designer Nathan Chandler, bought the home in 2010 and posted the photos on FLICKR to sell the vintage kitchen. It’s unclear why the prior owners had the home essentially sealed. Though it has allegedly sold, I was so tempted to buy a cottage in Briarwood that I’ve had my eyes on and install this kitchen!


I am told this is one of the most unusual homes in Plano. 5212 Blackhawk Drive, Plano, marketed by Sandy Donsky. (Not Scott Vann as I noted earlier, however, he is the brilliant agent who brought the home to my attention!) Custom built in 1989, it is a one owner home with significant upgrades — do not let that ordinary exterior fool you! You get 3549 square feet, five giant bedrooms, four and a half baths, formals, patio, three car garage, huge yard. There is no pool but plenty of room for one. I think the interiors are so lovely, and so different from most of the homes of this baby’s vintage. Here are some of the extras:

  • Pecan hardwood floors. The most beautiful floors I’ve ever seen.
  • Gourmet kitchen.
  • Six-burner Viking gas range.
  • Thermador double ovens.
  • Granite counter tops.
  • Master bathroom recently updated.
  • Carerra marble.
  • Garden tub
  • Master Suite down stairs
  • Guest bedroom downstairs could also be an office.
  • Large room upstairs with its own full bath and walk in closet could be used as a second master, game room, or media room.
  • Backyard large enough to have a pool installed and still have green space left over.
  • Cabana half bath on the back patio.
  • Great location on Old Shepherd Place

The asking price is $519,500.  HOA dues $500 a year. Really interesting to compare this with last Friday’s home.