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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
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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 >

Charles Goodman-designed apartment in River Park

My New Listing: Unit in River Park by Charles Goodman

Here is my latest listing in the Charles Goodman-designed River Park in Southwest DC. It is a renovated 1 bed/1 bath unit in the mid-century modern enclave’s high-rise building in walking distance to Metro. (Photos by Tod Connell.) You can see a quick walk through video here.

The 6th floor, West-facing apartment with tree-top views has an updated kitchen, reglazed bathroom and custom bedroom closet and electronic shades.

The unit has been freshly painted and features modernist FLOR carpeting. The finished balcony area, marked by the Charles Goodman’s unique aluminum decorative panels, provides extra interior space. The coop fee includes utilities, taxes, maintenance and the underlying mortgage.

Walk to Metro
River Park is located just down the block from Waterfront Metro Station, Safeway and Starbucks and minutes from the redeveloped Wharf, booming Navy Yard area, Nationals Park and Audi Field. River Park is a gated community on 11 park-like acres with swimming pool, tot lot and gym. Parking is available.

As part of Southwest Washington’s urban renewal efforts in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Charles Goodman’s firm designed River Park, a cooperative housing project of townhomes and an apartment-style block built by the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation as a way to showcase aluminum as a building material. River Park has been highlighted by the likes of The Washington Post, which in addition to calling it “unmistakable,” wrote that “to live under a barrel roof in Southwest is to live in a building of some historical import.”
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Market Reflections Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

I hope everyone and their families are healthy and safe during this very frightening and difficult time as we all navigate this global coronavirus health crisis together. As valued clients and subscribers, I want you to know that I continue working with my clients who have current contracts, scheduled closings or who are planning to buy and sell in the coming weeks and months ahead.
While the crisis has quickly upended markets, it is important to take stock of your current needs and plans to determine your best course of action.
During the past week, we still have seen activity with some homes going under contract within days. Obviously, this is a snapshot and can change. Before the outbreak, the market saw extremely low inventory and low interest rates. Prime properties were going within days or not even making it to the open market. In the markets I track, I am still seeing this type of activity.
The government is taking extraordinary measures to bring down borrowing costs, including mortgage rates. While rates are volatile now, experts and economists are expecting the efforts to bring down long-term rates to historic lows.
See this excerpt below from a recent Housing Wire article by Kathleen Howley:

“But for the mortgage market, the [Quantitative Easing] program and the pledge to reinvest [Mortgage backed securities] runoff was the big news because it will increase competition for agency bonds. When demand goes up, yields go down, and that usually translates into lower mortgage rates.
“The Fed is creating liquidity and Read More >

Mid-century modern top producer

Bethesda Magazine: Top Producer Recognition

I am honored to be recognized as a Top Producer by Bethesda Magazine.
“Residential real estate is big business in Montgomery County and Upper Northwest D.C. (ZIP codes 20015 and 20016),” says the magazine in its latest issue. “Last year, 7,388 single-family homes were sold in those areas for a total of $7.9 billion. Not surprisingly, Montgomery County has a large number of real estate agents who live here—8,470 agents, according to the Maryland Real Estate Commission. But not all real estate agents are created equal. A small percentage of the agents sell a large percentage of the homes.”
Thank you to my wonderful 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 how the market is looking as we face the unprecedented coronavirus.

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Tickets on Sale: Hollin Hills Tour 2020

The 2020 Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour has been postponed. In light of the recent developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic we have made the determination to postpone the 2020 Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour. The welfare and safety of our community and all participants is our primary concern.
We will continue to monitor the situation and work to establish and communicate a new date as the situation resolves. All tickets will be honored on the new date.
 Thank you for your continued support.
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It’s almost Tour Time in Hollin Hills. On Saturday, May 2, 2020, the Civic Association of Hollin Hills will host the 2020 Hollin Hills House + Garden Tour. The biennial tour is the largest mid-century modern home and garden tour on the East Coast. This self-guided walking tour will showcase stunning examples of mid-century modern architecture, landscaping and interior design throughout this unique neighborhood listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. I am proud once again to be a sponsor of the tour. You can buy your tickets here.
The Hollin Hills Historic District is a residential neighborhood set within a 326-acre wooded landscape of Fairfax County, Virginia. Hollin Hills was developed as one of the first post-World War II planned communities in the Washington, D.C. area. It is one of the few consisting entirely of modern architecture using natural topography and landscaping as an Read More >

Mid-century modern home in Ashton, Maryland.

My New Listing: Custom Mid-Century Modern in Ashton – $495K

Here is my latest mid-century modern listing. I will be holding an Open House on Sunday, Feb 9 from 1 to 4 pm. The house is priced at$495K. The custom 1964 mid-century modern by Charles F. Dettor, AIA, is set on 2 private acres in the idyllic Ashton Pond. The centerpieces of the house are the dramatic curving, open-tread stairwell made of walnut imported from Germany and the upper level with soaring ceilings and full-length skylight. (Photos by Todd Connell.)

The 3 bed/2.5 bath brick home featuring a side-gable design has a total estimated square footage of more than 2,400 with an additional 605 square feet in the two-car garage that is connected to the house via a breezeway.

Before branching off on his own, Dettor worked earlier in his career for the renown Charles M. Goodman and helped design the Officers Club at Andrews Air Force Base.

The three-level house is entered on the middle level, which includes the expansive living room, a bedroom and full bathroom. The living room features bamboo flooring, brick walls and large end-wall fireplace with slate surround. The mid-century vibe is complete with built-in wet bar, storage cabinets and shelving nook for your vintage finds.

The airy and bright upper level with the expansive skylight includes two bedrooms and full bathroom with double sinks. The master bedroom is marked by a large transom window over the door. All the bedrooms have two closets and brand-new carpeting.

The lower, walk-out level includes the kitchen and dining Read More >

Goodman Rental

Goodman Rental in Hammond Wood

Check out this opportunity to rent a tricked-out Charles Goodman-designed mid-century modern in Hammond Wood. It is available now through March 31, 2020. Rent is $3,250 per month including utilities and furnished (house and studio) or $2,400 per month unfurnished not including utilities (house only). Email admin@cookarchitecture.com if interested. (Photos by John Cole.)

Live in a secluded 2-bedroom, 1-bath mid-century modern compound for a short term rental. This “cabin like” home is located in North Kensignton/Wheaton in the Hammond Wood neighborhood, a small enclave of Charles Goodman designed homes from 1950, and included in the National Register of Historic Places. The home is close to NIH, Water Reed Naval Hospital and Bethesda (all within several miles).

Situated 5 miles to the DC border, and less than 1 mile from the Metro (Wheaton), this house has been completely renovated by Cook Architecture during the last five years. The house includes a designer kitchen, complete with high end appliances, Poggenpohl cabinetry, open walnut shelves, and silestone countertops.

There are wood floors in the kitchen and radiant heated large stone floors in the living/dining area. The bedrooms have cork flooring, the bathroom is very well appointed with glass doors, nice fixtures, and full walls of tile.

There is a wood burning fireplace and floor to ceiling glass that looks south into the garden and patio area. The home is furnished with Danish, Eames and other mid-century furniture and is currently furnished, has fully equipped kitchen, towels, and linens.

The yard is enclosed with tall fences, mature trees, two Read More >

Farnsworth House

Modern Snapshot: Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

Radiant floor heat never felt so good. I had finally made the pilgrimage to Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House on the Fox River in Plano, Illinois, 47 miles west of Chicago. It was only November but the Chicago area was hit with winter-like cold and I was not prepared.

As our small tour group walked from the visitor center to the house, we took in the crisp air and view of the river, which has flooded the house several times. As we approached the glass house, the tour guide stopped us and gave his overview of the house, which was finished in 1951 and the subject of bitter lawsuits between Mies and his client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Finally, he saw me shivering to death and we finally were allowed to enter the shrine but not before we took off our shoes as we approached the door. With all that glass, you feel as if you are outside even when indoors but the radiant feet on my sock-clad feet was enveloping. Warmed up, I was able to take in the view of the river from inside and appreciate the simple yet complex work by the Bauhaus master. Here are few images to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Call Modern Capital founder and Realtor Michael Shapiro for your mid-century real estate needs.
301-503-6171
michael@moderncapitaldc.com

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