This one-of-a-kind mid-century modern home has a whiff of prairie style about it. Some savvy shoppers will see through the clutter and make it their own.
Today’s one-of-a-kind, modern house for sale in Wallingford is sure to sell, simply because of its uniqueness.
But if it sells fast, it will sell despite what you see in these pictures, which serve as a classic example of how not to show a house.
And on top of that, part of what appears in the listing is why every real estate listing contains the line “The information is believed to be reliable but not guaranteed.”
I’ll get to why that’s the case here in a moment. But first, let’s look at this truly unique modern Wallingford home for sale.
The listing agent describes it as a ‘European style’ house, and there is definitely a lot of Bauhaus influence in it. But in the choice of building materials, rooflines and angles, it feels more like a cross between two fundamentally American styles – Mid-Century Modern and Prairie Style.
Both influences permeate its ground floor, which consists of a large open main living space, two (or three) bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room. Most of the rooms on this floor and the one above have a distinctive wooden lattice ceiling.
The living room has a full height stucco and stone fireplace surrounded by full height windows as a focal point.
Behind this, a living room currently equipped with a dining table flows harmoniously from the living room.
The formal dining room is beyond the living room. Together, these three spaces make hosting a great dinner party easy.
The kitchen connects the living room and the dining room. Note the presence of two refrigerators. It’s one of two full kitchens in this house, which is configured in such a way that its basement can serve as an apartment for the in-laws.
The living room is to the right of the main entrance. This room is to his left. It is currently used as a family room but could also serve as a master bedroom.
The other two bedrooms on this floor are smaller. I’m not sure which one the listing agent calls the master bedroom, but from its decor, I’d venture to guess it’s not this one.
But this other seems to be the smallest of the three.
The listing also states that the ground floor contains “two bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs, including a spacious master suite with a huge master bath.” None of the bathrooms shown in the ground floor photos are what I would call spacious, although one could be if one got rid of all the toiletries that cluttered the view .
Passing the living room and dining room is a large side terrace with sliding doors opening to both.
And behind the terrace is a wooded backyard equipped with a trampoline.
Two other bedrooms and a full bathroom make up the second floor. There must be a staircase leading up to it somewhere, but it’s not clear from the pictures.
Perhaps it is a continuation of the wooden spiral staircase leading to the ground floor. It lands in a large second living room with a stone fireplace and exposed beams. It appears to be currently being used as an additional bedroom.
The ground floor also has a laundry room and a second full kitchen, which appears to be currently serving as an annex to the laundry room.
And it has its own bedroom and full bathroom. In other words, the ground floor could be home to your aging parents – it has its own separate wheelchair-accessible entrance – or your adult children who have graduated from college but aren’t quite ready to spread their wings yet. and fly away.
There is also a bomb shelter on the lower level which is currently used as storage space. If that sounds like a weird amenity, consider that this house was built in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The house also has a detached three-car garage which has been converted into three offices as well as conference rooms and storage. You can use them as a home office or studio, or turn the whole thing into a garage.
You might also notice that the kitchen and bathrooms haven’t had a major makeover since this house was built, with the possible exception of the downstairs kitchen. They’re certainly usable as is, but you might want to think about increasing their appeal if you ever plan to sell. Also, the suspended ceiling in the downstairs bedroom could use some repairs.
Now that you’ve seen all of that, it’s time to move on to the “deemed reliable but not guaranteed” part. You may have noticed all the 60 degree angles inside and outside the house. Here is the main floor plan displayed on the listing:
All of these angles have been rendered as 90 degree chamfered corners or notches. But even the notches on the outside have 30 or 60 degree angles. And none of the rooms is delimited by its walls or partitions. This is not a floor plan; it is a basic diagram.
But at least there was enough information for me to understand the relationship between the spaces pictured in the listing. Which means it should be good enough for you.
Nevertheless, if you find this modern house for sale in Wallingford appealing, I recommend that you immediately contact the listing agent or your own agent to arrange a viewing. This may be one of those rare finds that sells despite being listed.
THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS
SQUARE FEET: 3,516
SELLING PRICE: $570,000
OTHER THINGS: This house also has a connection for a backup gas generator, but the generator currently connected is old and needs to be replaced. On a square foot basis, this home is a bargain, especially considering it’s located in a highly rated school district.
100 Brent Dr., Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086 [Qiaoying Li | Philly Real Estate via Zillow]