Mid-Century Modern

Updated September 21, 2021

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. Its continued popularity confirms that the history of home building didn’t end when front porches and nine-over-nine windows disappeared from new homes.

Mid-Century homes aren’t as plentiful in the Triad as in the Triangle, Charlotte and the mountains, which makes the relative few here all the more remarkable.

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

Featured Listing: A Smaller Mid-Century Classic in Greensboro, $220,000

1905 W. Cone Boulevard, Greensboro
The James and Agnes Kerr House
contract pending September 20, 2021

  • $220,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,510 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $146
  • Built in 1961
  • Listed September 16, 2021
  • Last sale: $139,500, November 2017
  • Neighborhood: Dellwood Park
  • Note: Not owner-occupied
    • N.C. Modernist: “Built by John R. Taylor Company, which built most of the block. Likely designed by John R. Taylor as he designed most of the firm’s houses. Sold back in 1964 to the Taylor Company.”
    • The original owners were James J. and Agnes C. Kerr. James was a sales representative for Gulf Oil.

Current MCM Listings

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30 Kemp Road East, Greensboro
listing withdrawn December 2, 2020
relisted August 20, 2021

  • $1.9 million (originally $2.2 million)
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 half-bathrooms, 6,645 square feet, 0.61 acre
  • Price/square foot: $286
  • Built in 2017
  • Listed October 29, 2019
  • Last sale: $370,000, July 2015 (lot only)
  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
  • Note: Designed by Adam Sebastian of STITCH Design Group and built by Gary Jobe
    • On Starmount Country Club Golf Course

5195 Williams Road, Lewisville, Forsyth County
listing withdrawn September 17, 2021

  • $1.1 million
  • 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5,341 square feet (per county), 4.08 acres
  • Price/square foot: $206
  • Built in 1975
  • Listed July 14, 2021
  • Last sale: $697,500, October 2019
  • Note: The for-sale listing shows the square footage as 7,800.
    • The property includes a swimming pool and tennis court.

3303 Kettering Place, Greensboro
listing withdrawn August 22, 2019; relisted November 14, 2019
contract pending April 29 to May 7, 2021
contract pending August 22, 2021

  • $925,000 (originally listed at $1.175 million)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 6,277 square feet, 0.79 acre
  • Price/square foot: $147
  • Built in 1985
  • Listed March 20, 2019
  • Last sale: $1,054,000, January 2007
  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
  • Listing: Built by Bea Melton, who built a number of Mid-Century Modern homes in the Triad.

3380 Sledd Court, Winston-Salem
The Howard W. and Anne Kesler Shields House
listing withdrawn August 10, 2021; relisted August 13, 2021
contract pending August 25, 2021

  • $675,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,787 square feet, 0.98 acre
  • Price/square foot: $242
  • Built in 1969
  • Listed August 9, 2021
  • Last sale: The house hasn’t been sold since it was built.
  • Note: The owners bought the land from Wake Forest University in 1967. The university received it from the Mary Babcock Reynolds Foundation as part of a 32-acre tract owned by Charles H. Babcock.
    • N.C. Modernist: “This flat-roofed, brick and concrete house was built by William Burton and designed by George Colvin of Colvin Hammill & Walter. Landscape design by Dick Bell.
    • “Dr. Shields taught Physics at Wake Forest University for over 40 years. Anne was an accomplished artist with an MFA from the Woman’s College of UNCG, later served on the inaugural board of what became SECCA.”

1007 W. Davis Avenue, Burlington, Alamance County
The W.T. Cheatham House
contract pending September 11, 2021

  • $650,000 (originally $735,000)
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 5,185 square feet, 0.97 acre
  • Price/square foot: $125
  • Built in 1923
  • Listed April 8, 2021
  • Last sale: $262,000, February 2001
  • Neighborhood: West Davis-Fountain Place Historic District
  • Note: An impressive example of the International style of design, relatively rare in the region.
    • Listing: The property includes a two-room guest house with attached workshop and playhouse.
      • The interior features wall-to-ceiling built-in cabinets and shelves in library, beveled-glass pocket doors between the library and dining room, heavy wrought iron front doors and a whole-house generator.
      • District NRHP nomination: The House was built by Edwin C. Holt, a grandson of Edwin M. Holt and founder of several local cotton mills, for his daughter and son-in-law, W. T. Cheatham, who was also involved in the local textile industry. “Its elegant design, which might best be described as ”Classical-Mediterranean”, renders the structure one of the most unusual houses in Burlington. Salient features of the house are its flat roofs, stuccoed elevations, and two-story core bracketed by one-story wings with turned balustrades. Tuscan columns support the porch recessed between the wings.”

2937 Buena Vista Road, Winston-Salem

  • $629,900 (originally $649,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,676 square feet, 0.62 acre
  • Price/square foot: $171
  • Built in 1968
  • Listed August 13, 2021
  • Last sale: $385,000, October 2012
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: Owned by an LLC that also owns a million-dollar mansion on Reynolds Drive and an office building.

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

815 Conway Court, Winston-Salem
contract pending August 30, 2021

  • $479,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 2,767 square feet, 0.53 acre
  • Price/square foot: $173
  • Built in 1959
  • Listed August 25, 2021
  • Last sale: $316,000, July 2017
  • Neighborhood: Sherwood Forest

511 Hayworth Circle, High Point
contract pending September 3, 2021

  • $479,900 (originally $495,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,853 square feet, 0.38 acre
  • Price/square foot: $125
  • Built in 1956
  • Listed July 8, 2021
  • Last sale: $140,000, November 2020
  • Note: A relatively rare Mid-Century Modern split-level

529 Brookwood Drive, Elkin, Surry County
contract pending July 26, 2021

  • $349,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,300 square feet, 1.7 acres
  • Price/square foot: $152
  • Built in 1966
  • Listed July 21, 2021
  • Last sale: $140,000, May 2016
  • Listing: “Furniture is negotiable.”
    • The house can’t be seen from the street, so driving by is no fun.
    • It’s too bad more isn’t known about this house, because it’s really remarkable. But even the authoritative N.C. Modernist website lists it as “architect unknown.”
    • Lacking anything else to say about the house, it’s worth noting that Elkin (“the best little town in NC“) seems to be an increasingly interesting place. The historic Reeves Theatre and Cafe downtown hosts concerts regularly, twice a month featuring the wonderful Martha Bassett. Elkin is in the Yadkin Valley wine region, so there are wineries to visit. Also a couple breweries, hiking trails and an interesting downtown. And more.

311 S. Edgewood Road, Eden, Rockingham County

  • $250,000 (originally $280,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,200 square feet, 0.93 acre
  • Price/square foot: $114
  • Built in 1977
  • Listed July 22, 2021
  • Last sale: $46,000, January 2016

1604 E. Cone Boulevard, Greensboro
contract pending August 11, 2021

  • $150,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,206 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $124
  • Built in 1957
  • Listed August 6, 2021
  • Last sale: $84,000, December 2019