These Vintage Houses Are True Time Capsules of Another Era
Not everyone is looking for a new house. In fact, many people are looking at old houses for sale as a unique place to live or a source of design inspiration.
These vintage houses are true time capsules. They have changed little since they were built and are a true window into the past.
The Ennis House in Los Angeles, California
The Ennis House in Los Angeles was built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924. It is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is a state and city cultural monument.
You might recognize its unique look. The famous house has been featured on television and in movies, including "Blade Runner."
The home is made from 27,000 interlocking granite blocks designed by Wright.
Overlooking Los Angeles
The house almost didn't survive. It suffered significant structural damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
A Proper Restoration
In 2011, supermarket billionaire and preservationist Ron Burkle bought it for $4.5 million with the promise of renovation.
And it remains a work of art. The home has over 6,000 square feet of living space, which includes a detached guesthouse.
Cozy in Concrete
The Ennis House is the largest of four concrete-block houses that Wright built in Los Angeles. Much of its furniture was also designed by the architect.
A Vision Restored
After restoration, the house was up for sale again in 2018 for $23 million.
Unlike Other Houses
The Ennis House is unlike other Frank Lloyd Wright homes in that it's bright with high ceilings. Most of his creations are low and dark inside.
The home sold in 2019 for $18 million. It used to host tours, but they have been temporarily suspended.
A Mid-Century Modern in Hamburg, New York
This house in New York State has been in the same family since it was built in 1953.
A Unique Look at the Past
Because of this, its interiors have not changed much since.
A Retro Color Palate
According to the owner, everything is original, down to the avocado carpets.
A Jaw-Dropping Fireplace
The house was designed with Frank Lloyd Wright in mind and includes built-ins and bleached mahogany everywhere.
A Classic Bathroom
The home is for sale for $669,000, which is about $400,000 more than houses in the area.
Built to Last
The 3,479-square-foot home’s interior is made from concrete and steel.
Room to Cook
The kitchen floor is made from imported Italian marble.
Cabinet Space Galore
The cherrywood cabinets were made from trees grown on the property.
Brass Railings Throughout
The home was used to entertain, both inside and out.
It sits on a 3.34-acres perch and even has a private lake with a dock.
The family room features flagstone floors, cypress and large windows.
A Swinging 1960s Pad in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Marlin Umberger, an esteemed builder in the Hershey area, created this home in 1959.
The sunburst design on the door is very indicative of the time period.
The Little Details
Umberger was also a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and designed the mid-century modern ranch with him in mind.
Room to Spread Out
The open living room features, high ceilings, built-in speakers, and large windows.
Open and Airy
The wall of windows gives warmth to the large space.
The Charming Kitchen
The home's kitchen is fully equipped and has plenty of counter space, and even a built-in desk.
Room to Play
The basement rec room is massive with a brick fireplace, a full bath, and its own bonus room.
This spacious room has vaulted and beamed ceiling and is a perfect writing space.
Retro in Red
It has a bedroom big enough for your round bed.
This is one of two full bathrooms with a decidedly mid-century vibe.
A 1970s Throwback in Minnetonka, Minnesota
This home was built in 1970 by architect Arthur Dickey. It features over 5,500 square feet of living space.
A Bold Entryway
Stained glass frames and bright orange double doors welcome you into the house.
Untouched for Over 50 Years
The home has been cared for by the original owner and has vaulted ceilings, walnut built-ins, stained glass, and a two-sided copper and brick fireplace.
The living room is part of the home's open floor plan.
This Small Kitchen Gets the Job Done
While the kitchen is not very big, there are several cabinets, and the counter space is plentiful.
A Dining Room Filled With Built-Ins
The home boasts five bedrooms, a home office, and five bathrooms.
The Two-Way Fireplace
The second living room looks out on the property's lush greenery.
The bedrooms boast curved walls, high ceilings and built-in storage cabinets.
That '70s Wallpaper
While the house is mostly brick and wood, it does feature some color in its bold wallpaper.
A Place to Entertain
The home also features an indoor pool, sauna and even a dance floor.
A 1980s Desert Home in Indian Wells, California
If you're looking for desert excellence, this timeless classic built in 1989 has it all.
A Pastel Palate
True to the decade, the design scheme is pastel with a little neon thrown in.
A Disco Vibe
Neon and a mirrored ceiling make the main living area look even bigger than it is.
1980s Arcade Style
The previous owners also owned a casino in Las Vegas, and the billiards room reflects that vibe.
A Room With a View
These floor-to-ceiling windows brighten the home and give its color palate contrast.
A secondary party kitchen has the requisite marble and neon.
A Multicolored Marvel
This brightly colored nook is perfect for morning coffee and a view of the desert.
A Place to Get Ready
The glam room has a nail station and hair salon.
An Oval Bathroom
Glass blocks offer privacy in the main bathroom.
Relax in the Indoor Jacuzzi
What desert home would be complete without a jacuzzi? This one has one that is unforgettable.