Here’s a home design and architecture trend where Charlotte isn’t embarrassing us: The cute, revamped, painted 1950s-era ranch house.
As a relatively young (history-wise) and suburban city, Charlotte has a high volume of 1950s ranches.
These ranches are typically one story, about 1,000-1,500 square feet, originally laid out as two or three bedrooms and a single bath.
Thousands of middle class families lived in them, and with their solid brick construction, they’ve lasted nearly 70s years.
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Along the way, the look and styling of the brick ranch became a little uncool. Dated. Frumpy. But a trend has taken hold in the city, and I love it.
For the past few years, it’s become more and more common to see brick ranches freshened up with a familiar combination:
- A coat of exterior paint in gray, ivory or off-white.
- A playful front door in punchy, bright shades of colors including yellow and aqua.
- New wood shutters that have a farmhouse or storybook flair.
- An opened-up kitchen, almost always in sleek grey.
I don’t know how long this trend will last, but it’s a great look – fun and fresh – and the perfect bit of modern flair without causing harm (or needing a lot of money) revamping these trusty workhorses.
I used to live in a 1953 brick ranch in Commonwealth Park, and when I worried about older home wear and tear, I can’t tell you how many times contractors brushed off those concerns with a weary headshake, assuring me the house was built much better than what they were seeing in new construction.
Here are six examples of ranch houses on the market within city limits nailing the cute painted revamp – and selling fast.
Pro tip: Use Google Maps’ time travel powers to see what some of these homes looked like before.
Best in class: 3428 Airlie Street
- List price: $264,900 (update: the home now has a pending offer)
- Specs: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,030 sq. ft.
- Built: 1952
George Dwight of Dwight Brokerage (704-661-6545) has the listing. Photos via Zillow.
2618 Portland Avenue
- List price: $889,900
- Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,553 sq. ft.
- Built: 1953
Ashley Pizzo of CottinghamChalk Hayes Realtors (704-364-4400) has the listing. Photos via CottinghamChalk Hayes.
5214 Seacroft Road
- List price: $339,900 (update: under contract)
- Specs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,639 sq. ft.
- Built: 1958
Jonathan Hayes of Helen Adams Realty has the listing. Photos via Helen Adams.
5201 Charing Place
- List price: $329,000
- Specs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,988 sq. ft.
- Built: 1968
EG Real Estate Consultants (704-333-2260) has the listing. Photos via EG Real Estate.
6219 Colchester Place
- List price: $339,000 (update: under contract)
- Specs: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1,942 sq. ft.
- Built: 1963
Keith Rumbley of Everlamb Residential has the listing. Photos via Charlotte Regional Realtor Association.
1114 Urban Place
- List price: $370,000
- Specs: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, 1,300 sq. ft.
- Built: 1971
My TownHome has the listing. Photos via My TownHome.
Feature photo via CottinghamChalk Hayes Realtors.