Drone Tour of Charles Goodman’s Highland Hills

With so many of this year’s typical home tour events cancelled, Modern Richmond put together a brief, socially-distanced drone tour of the Charles Goodman’s Highland Hills. This mid-century modern neighborhood is located in Central Virginia.
For five years beginning in 1953, Washington’s own modernist Goodman served as a consulting architect for Lafayette, Ind.-based National Homes. At the time, National Homes was the country’s largest prefab home manufacturer.
Located in Bon Air in Chesterfield County, the 80 or so homes in Highland Hills were developed in the mid-50s by National Homes and featured the designs of Goodman. Highland Hills is the only neighborhood in central Virginia exclusively consisting of mid-century homes.
Looks like Modern Richmond plans to do a fuller drone tour of Charles Goodman’s Highland Hills this coming spring. Can’t wait to see.

Modern Richmond Drone Tour – Highland Hills from Modern Richmond on Vimeo.

Charles Wagner-designed mid-century modern in Moyaone Reserve.

Demand for Mid-Century Modern Homes Strong

UrbanTurf writes about the continuing demand for mid-century modern homes in the Washington area despite Mad Men being off the air for the past five years.
“Mad Men concluded its television run in 2015 and it seemed like people’s infatuation with mid-century modern design went with it,” writes Nena Perry-Brown. “However, interest in the DC area’s mid-century housing market remains high.”
Read the full article here and explore some of the mid-century modern neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C. area.

Chloethiel Woodard Smith-designed mid-century modern in Chevy Chase

Under Contract: Custom Chloethiel Woodard Smith in Somerset

My listing for this custom mid-century modern in Somerset in Chevy Chase by renowned female modernist architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith went under contract in a week with multiple offers. It was listed for $1.385 million.
Smith’s 1950 “upside-down” house design  in the coveted neighborhood of Somerset is unlike any other.
The primary bedroom has walls of glass and looks out to parkland. Photos by Tod Connell.
The house features floor-to-ceiling windows and views from all rooms of the ever-changing landscape of adjacent parkland. Watching the deer, foxes, owls, chipmunks, and array of songbirds, you’ll almost forget you’re walking distance to Friendship Heights metro and Whole Foods. Located a block from Somerset Elementary and the Somerset town pool, this 6-bedroom, 2.5 bath nearly 2,700 square-foot gem was completely renovated while retaining its original mid-century vibe.
The entrance retains the original mid-century materials.
The upper level foyer is flooded with light. The main bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows facing the park and an adjacent bedroom/study has a brick fireplace.

Two additional bedrooms on this level are located in a separate wing. Two sparkling new bathrooms feature high-efficiency plumbing, lovely marble and glass tilework, and a modern soaking tub.
After descending the elegant wood-paneled stairway you are immediately struck by the expansive view of the perennial garden and forest from all directions. The large living room features windows on three sides and opens to an expansive slate and brick patio.

The original owners, Washington Post Business Editor, Hobart Rowan, and his family Read More >

Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern in Hammond Wood.

Just Listed: Goodman in Hammond Wood – $499,750

Rare opportunity to purchase an expanded Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern in Hammond Wood on deep .28 acre lot. I just listed this 3 bed/1.5 bath Goodman with 2030 total square feet on two levels. The house is set off street and has a nice flat front yard/patio area. This home is being sold as-is and needs renovation. Here is the MLS listing. Contact Michael for more images and details.
The 1951 Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern is conveniently located in Hammond Wood, a National Register of Historic Places-Designated neighborhood of 58 homes nestled in a tract of heavily wooded, rolling land.
Owners of property listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation are eligible to receive a credit for documented expenses for exterior maintenance, restoration or preservation work. The tax credit is applied towards County real property taxes.
The National Register in its designation said, “Hammond Wood conveys the best of Goodman’s architectural legacy, showcasing his insistence on experimentation, adaptation of European and American modern ideas, and close collaboration with builders. The neighborhood reflects Goodman’s contribution to Contemporary architecture through his ever-evolving floor plans; the use of new and used materials in combination; an abundance of technical innovations; an exuberance in the employment of the window wall; and a spare, yet elegant structural expressionism.”
Featured in the May 1952 issue of Progressive Architecture, Hammond Wood is located just north of Kensington and just over a mile from the Wheaton Metro (Red Line). A Ride On bus stop is just Read More >

Top Agent Modern Luxury Awards

Modern Luxury DC Top Agent Recognition

I am honored to be named a Top Agent in the inaugural Modern Luxury DC Real Estate Awards. Thank you to all of my clients, DC magazine and the team at Compass DMV.
I bring a personal passion for mid-century modern design and architecture and market directly to buyers seeking mid-century modern, modern and contemporary homes.
Since 2009, I have sold more than $100 million in modern real estate, and have been recognized by the Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine, DC Magazine and other publications as a Top Agent and the go-to source for mid-century modern real estate in the D.C. area.
Contact me today if you are looking to buy or sell a mid-century modern home in the DC area.

Hollin Hills sign

Docomomo DC Virtual Tour of Hollin Hills – Oct. 10

With the biennial Hollin Hills House and Garden Tour postponed from this past spring until next year, you can get a fix of the mid-century modern neighborhood during Docomomo DC’s Virtual Tour Day on October 10 at 2 pm. The event will feature an introduction to the neighborhood, designed by architect Charles Goodman for developer Robert Davenport and constructed between 1949 and 1971.  Participants will also view video tours of the ALCOA “Care-Free” Home—one of only 24 built nationwide and currently undergoing renovation. Another tour will explore a two-story atrium house constructed of prefabricated panels. Docomomo DC Board member John Burns, FAIA, also will discuss Goodman’s other work in the Washington area. This event provides AIA credit (1 CEU). You can register for the event here.
Docomomo US/DC is dedicated to increasing public awareness, appreciation and protection of Modern architecture, landscapes, neighborhoods and sites in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia. Through education, public programs, documentation and advocacy, Docomomo US/DC works to ensure that the rich legacy of the Modern Movement in the greater Washington, DC area is preserved for future generations. The chapter partners with local and regional organizations, universities and governmental entities to advance its mission.

Washingtonian Top Agent

Washingtonian Magazine Top Agent Recognition

I am honored to be recognized once again as a Washingtonian Magazine Top Agent. Thank you to all of my clients, family and friends who have supported Modern Capital for the past 14 years. Please reach out if you are thinking of buying or selling a mid-century modern home. Happy to meet and discuss today’s modern real estate market.

Eames lounge chair

Furnishing a Mid-Century Modern Home: Inspiration & Sourcing

A guest post on sourcing mid-century modern furniture from our partner, ATTIC.
Nothing completes a beautiful mid-century home like furniture and decor drawn from the same aesthetic. The simple, sleek lines of MCM furniture pair up perfectly with the modern, open and airy feel that make mid-century homes the gems that they are. The following post provides some inspiration, whether you’re just starting or continuing to furnish your home. We’ll focus on two spaces: dining rooms and living rooms.

We’re also going to introduce you to ATTIC, a one-of-kind resource that will help you find the best mid-century furniture from stores of the DC and Baltimore regions. After all, who wants to buy a “forever” piece of furniture without ever seeing or touching it? ATTIC makes that process so much easier. ATTIC is now available in cities throughout the country, but is owned and operated by a small team based right here in Washington, D.C. Its mission is simple — to make it easier for consumers to shop from small, local businesses.
Dinner is Served, In Style
Whether it’s with family or friends, the importance of meal time transcends culture. As such, dining rooms and breakfast nooks are often visual focal points in modern homes. And with pieces like those pictured here, it’s no wonder why. Rectangular, round, “boat-shaped”…small, grand, or expandable…mid-century dining tables come in a vast array of options. Likewise, some of the most famous furniture designs in history are those for mid-century dining chairs.

Rosewood Dining Table
Modern Mobler

Walnut Dining Set
Peg Leg Vintage

Teak Read More >

Charles Wagner-designed mid-century modern in Moyaone Reserve.

Sold: Historic Charles Wagner Design in Moyaone Reserve

This historic Charles Wagner Design in Moyaone Reserve is a mid-century modern-inspired 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home with studio space on 5 acres. Wagner was a noted modernist, who worked with Charles Goodman and Louis Kahn. The property, known as the Odell House, is designated as a historic property by the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT). We received multiple offers and sold it before it went on the market. (Photos by Tod Connell.)

“The Odell House is significant as the penultimate late-Midcentury-Modern residential work of Charles F. Wagner, Jr. in the Moyaone Reserve,” the MHT says in its designation. “Wagner is linked both to the colony’s early days (he was close friends with Alice and Henry Ferguson of Hard Bargain Farm) and the postwar reimagining of the area as an environmental preserve for family life. The Ferguson’s “enduring legacy of conservation and community”1 was expanded by Wagner and his colleagues after World War II. The persistence and desirability of Wagner’s aesthetic can be seen in the 18 total houses designed by him and built in Accokeek from 1946-1978. The Odell House’s significance is enhanced by its intact setting and materials and is further significant as an example of how Wagner’s aesthetic evolved to accommodate trends in Modern design and residential construction.”

This home features high ceilings, exposed metal I-beams, warm Maple floors, skylights, and walls of glass on two sides. 36-inch stainless Vulcan gas range. The seller has invested in many new updates including a shingle Read More >

Renovated mid-century modern home in Falls Church.

Sold: Cook Architecture Reno in Falls Church – $990K

This 1960 Andre Bodor-developed mid-century modern backing to Holmes Run Valley Stream Park is the latest renovation by Michael Cook, AIA, and the team at award-winning Cook Architecture. It was featured by Kathy Orton as “House of the Week” in the Washington Post.  It was listed for $949,000 and sold for $990,000. (Photos are by John Cole.)

Bodor was the last developer of nearby Holmes Run Acres in Falls Church. He built close to 20 homes in the late 1950s. He then bought a piece of cul-de-sac land in between Holmes Run Acres and the small mid-century modern neighborhood of Raymondale. Bodor eventually built 11 homes on Sheffield Court. The legal name of this small enclave is very literal: Bodors Addition to Raymondale.
The 5 bed/3 bathroom home is 2,700 square feet and sits on a .34 acre lot. The walls of glass on the back of the house allow for direct views of the stream.

The Cook Architecture team expanded the house, finishing off part of the carport to create an expansive and open living-dining-kitchen area, which features the original wood beamed Douglas fir ceilings, new exposed steel beam, refinished hardwood oak floors and large brick fireplace. The ceilings are a design element carried over from residences in Holmes Run Acres.

The dramatic kitchen features Poggenpohl cabinetry from Germany, Miele suite of appliances, including 36-inch gas cooktop, and 10-foot island made of ash wood and mahogany. Countertops are Caesarstone and the backsplash is Heath, the Read More >

Call Modern Capital founder and Realtor Michael Shapiro for your mid-century real estate needs.

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