Mid-Century Modern

Updated May 19, 2022

Recent Sales

Mid-Century Modern is in a class by itself — not old by historic standards, but historic in the innovation and aesthetic breakthrough that it brought to home design. Mid-Century Modern homes are found throughout the 12 counties of the Triad, though they aren’t as plentiful in the Triad as in the Triangle, Charlotte and the mountains.

The authoritative source for information on Mid-Century Modern homes in North Carolina is North Carolina Modernist Houses.

Featured Listing: An Edward Lowenstein-Designed Home in Pleasant Garden, $789,000

5925 Westdale Acres Drive, Pleasant Garden, Guilford County
The JoAnne and Wayne Davis House

  • $789,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,793 square feet (per county), 3.1 acres
  • Price/square foot: $208
  • Built in 1959
  • Listed May 13, 2022
  • Last sale: $620,000, December 2021
  • Note: Designed by Edward Lowenstein
    • Listing: “A true work of art, this home is a must see for anyone, especially those with a love for mid-century modern architecture & the master architect who brought it to life.”
    • The listing shows 4,156 square feet.
    • The house was built by Herman Wayne Davis (1926-2013) and Joanne Blackwelder Davis. They bought the property in 1957 and owned it for 63 years. Wayne received flight training during World War II and afterward attended N.C. State University, where he graduated with a degree in engineering. He co-founded Founders furniture company in Pleasant Garden in the 1950s; it eventually was sold to Thomasville.

Current MCM Listings

5525 Williams Road, Lewisville, Forsyth County
sale pending May 10, 2022

  • $1.25 million
  • 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, 4,153 square feet, 33 acres
  • Price/square foot: $301
  • Built in 1972
  • Listed March 1, 2022
  • Last sale: Online records are oddly unhelpful in identifying it.
  • Note: The listing shows 6,199 square feet.
    • Listing: “…screening room with original geometric wallpaper, paneled library lined with bookcases and a fireplace, spacious main level primary bedroom with fireplace inglenook, private guest suite on main plus a full finished walkout basement with three large bedrooms, office and large playroom. There is also an in-ground swimming pool with bath house and cabana and tennis court.”

205 Chadwick Drive, Jamestown, Guilford County

  • $849,999 (originally $867,000)
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,314 square feet, 2.88 acres
  • Price/square foot: $256
  • Built in 1978
  • Listed April 8, 2022
  • Last sale: $550,000, December 2019
  • Note: Architect unknown, according to N.C. Modernist, who would know.

5925 Westdale Acres Drive, Pleasant Garden, Guilford County
The JoAnne and Wayne Davis House

  • $789,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,793 square feet (per county), 3.1 acres
  • Price/square foot: $208
  • Built in 1959
  • Listed May 13, 2022
  • Last sale: $620,000, December 2021
  • Note: Designed by Edward Lowenstein
    • Listing: “A true work of art, this home is a must see for anyone, especially those with a love for mid-century modern architecture & the master architect who brought it to life.”
    • The listing shows 4,156 square feet.
    • The house was built by Herman Wayne Davis (1926-2013) and Joanne Blackwelder Davis. They bought the property in 1957 and owned it for 63 years. Wayne received flight training during World War II and afterward attended N.C. State University, where he graduated with a degree in engineering. He co-founded Founders furniture company in Pleasant Garden in the 1950s; it eventually was sold to Thomasville.

3307 Gaston Road, Sedgefield, Guilford County
The Herbert and Nancy Downs Smith House
also known as Commencement House III

  • $765,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4,088 square feet, 1.6 acres (figures per county)
  • Price/square foot: $187
  • Built in 1965
  • Listed April 5, 2022
  • Last sale: $359,000, October 2009
  • Neighborhood: Sedgefield
  • Note: One of Edward Lowenstein‘s “Commencement Houses,” the three homes designed by Lowenstein and his students when he taught at the Women’s College (which had become UNCG by the time this one, the third, was built).
    • The entrance hall has a 17-foot high wall of windows. There are large windows throughout the house, an open staircase and minimal ornamentation. At the back, a second-floor deck provides a view of the Sedgefield Country Club golf course. The house sits well back from the street in a forested landscape. The kitchen is modern but maintains its strikingly 1950s look.
    • Herbert L. Smith Jr. was general manager of Cummins Diesel Carolina. Nancy was with WUNC-TV. “Nancy Downs, hostess for the WUNC-TV show Potpourri, had covered the 1958 Commencement House and had her eyes on being the next Commencement House client,” N.C. Modernist says. The Smiths owned the house until 1986.

4228 Starmount Drive, Greensboro
The Frank and Bertha Holliday House

  • $728,000 (originally $749,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,031 square feet, 0.57 acre
  • Price/square foot: $240
  • Built in 1952
  • Listed April 6, 2022
  • Last sale: $390,000, May 2021
  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
  • Note: The house has a bedroom with an en suite bathroom and exterior door that could be used an in-law suite.
    • The original owners were Frank Robertson Holliday Jr. (1922-1990) and Bertha Anthony “Bert” Holliday (1926-1917). They bought the property in 1951. Although county records show the home’s date as 1952, they weren’t listed as living on Starmount Drive until 1956. Frank was a graduate of N.C. State University and served as an Army captain in World War II. He was president of Holliday Manufacturing Company and secretary-treasurer of F.R. Holliday and Company, plumbers, where he worked with his father and uncle Earle Holliday.
    • Frank died of asbestos-related lung cancer in 1990. Bert sold the house in 1996.

179 Dr. Floyd Scott Lane, Burlington
listing withdrawn July 21, 2020
relisted November 24, 2020

  • $599,000 (originally $650,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,214 square feet, 6.04 acres
  • Price/square foot: $142
  • Built in 1955
  • Listed January 24, 2020
  • Last sale: November 1948, no price recorded on deed
  • Note: From realtor.com, Midcentury Modern Must-Sees: 11 Meticulously Maintained Gems on Sale Now — “Burlington beauty: Another time capsule, this home sits on 6 acres less than an hour outside Durham. Built in 1955, this brick ranch could use a few updates. However, many vintage details are in great condition—from the wood floors to the light fixtures. The six-bedroom home includes a huge basement. When the weather is warm, guests can enjoy the greenhouse and tennis court.”

555 Manning Wood Drive, Winston-Salem
sale pending December 7-9, 2021
sale pending January 28 to February 18, 2022
sale pending March 14, 2022

  • $384,900
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,862 square feet, 25.6 acres
  • Price/square foot: $207
  • Built in 1957
  • Listed October 4, 2021
  • Last sale: $155,000, September 2004 (sale included a total of 38 acres)
  • Listing: “House sits on a bluff” overlooking a pond with woods on the far side.
    • The address was formerly 4719 Jenkins Road, and the property still shows up on Google Maps with that address.

186 Partridge Lane, Elkin, Surry County
sale pending April 7, 2022

  • $369,000 (originally $389,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,410 square feet, 0.75 acre
  • Price/square foot: $108
  • Built in 1974
  • Listed March 10, 2022
  • Last sale: $189,000, December 2011
  • Listing: “Basement has finished apartment area.”

5275 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem

  • $285,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,483 square feet, 0.44 acre
  • Price/square foot: $192
  • Built in 1977
  • Listed April 29, 0222
  • Last sale: $40,500, January 1989

108 Jackson Road, Mount Airy, Surry County
The Joe and Eleanor Powell House
Blog post — An Affordable Mid-Century Classic in Mount Airy with a Turquoise Kitchen Unspoiled by Time, $229,900

  • $229,900 (originally $239,900)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,086 square feet, 0.55 acre
  • Price/square foot: $110
  • Built in 1954 (per county records)
  • Listed January 15, 2022
  • Last sale: $1,650, March 1955
  • Note: Although county property records give the date as 1954, the price listed on the 1955 deed suggests the house had not yet been built.
    • The property is being sold by the heirs of the original owners.
    • Joe Pete Powell (1926-1979) and Eleanor Greenwood Powell (1930-2021) were married in 1949. Joe was in the restaurant business before joining Piedmont Aviation in Winston-Salem. He was wholesale distribution manager at the time of his death from a heart attack at age 52.
    • One of the most intact examples of mid-century kitchen glory that you’re likely ever to see:

1602 E. Cone Boulevard, Greensboro
The Edwin and Elizabeth Tate House
sale pending February 25 to April 8, 2022
sale pending April 19 to May 3, 2022
sale pending May 9, 2022

  • $179,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,203 square feet, 0.22 acre
  • Price/square foot: $150
  • Built in 1957
  • Listed February 18, 2022
  • Last sale: $80,000, August 2021
  • Neighborhood: O. Henry Oaks
  • Note: Out-of-town owner
    • The original owners were Edwin Cicero Tate (1932-2011) and Marian Elizabeth Holloway Tate (1934-1987). Edwin was a service technician with Burroughs Corp.

1111 Green Street, Reidsville, Rockingham County
sale pending April 21, 2022

  • $167,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,433 square feet, 0.33 acre
  • Price/square foot: $117
  • Built in 1960
  • Listed April 15, 2022
  • Last sale: $65,000, April 2014