Sounds weird, but I love seeing houses that haven’t been updated much over the years. It’s like stepping back in time! Click the links for each one to see the listings:
1. “High Elvis” in Iowa
The reader who sent me this listing in Des Moines referred to the decorating style as “High Elvis.” The house was built in 1955 and it looks like a lot of the original decor remains intact, including miles of red carpet.
This 3-bedroom house was built in 1976 and really takes me back to my childhood. That kitchen wallpaper is similar to what we had in ours and I think every house in my neighborhood had that same round table and chairs. We weren’t cool enough for plaid carpet, though!
This mid-century ranch still has most of its original features, including a sunken living room with built-in sofas flanking a massive stone fireplace. The kitchen was updated, but I’d love to see what it looked like in the ’50s.
The show Property Envy on Bravo featured this groovy 3-bedroom ranch that sits on a golf course across from Frank Sinatra’s former home. It was built in 1969 and has a mix of late ’60s-early ’70s decor. The current owners removed all the “updates” that had been done to it over the years, including a more modern kitchen, to take it back to its original look.
Gotta love the original built-in leather sectional, the wallpaper that matches the vinyl floors, and the two-story tall freestanding fireplace in this ski chalet. The knight in a suit of armor standing guard in the bathroom would have to go, though. It would freak me out seeing him lurking behind me every morning in the mirror!
Got a favorite? If you could live in a house from any era, which would it be?