Mid-Century Modern

Updated September 18, 2020

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.

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2716 Bartram Road, Winston-Salem
The Maya Angelou House/The Isadore and Rachel Meschan House
Blog post — The Maya Angelou House in Winston-Salem: A Literary Giant’s Modern Mansion, $2.395 Million

  • $2.395 million
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 2 half-bathrooms, 7,450 square feet, 1.22 acres
  • Price/square foot: $321
  • Built in 1960
  • Listed March 20, 2020
  • Last sale: $500,000, June 2016
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
  • Note: Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou bought the house in 1994 and lived there until her death in 2014. She was appointed to be the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in 1982.
    • The property includes a detached 1200 square-foot guest house with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms.
    • Garages for five cars
    • Gated lot
    • Landscaped by artist Chin Chin Tan of Winston-Salem and Singapore
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30 Kemp Road East, Greensboro

  • $1.9 million (originally $2.2 million)
  • 5 bedrooms, 6 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
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1808 Worsham Place, Greensboro

  • $1.175 million
  • 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 7,225 square feet, 2.07 acres
  • Price/square foot: $163
  • Built in 1972
  • Listed April 23, 2020
  • Last sale: $13,650, May 1964
  • Neighborhood: New Irving Park
  • Note: The property includes a pool, guest house and gazebo.
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853 Buttonwood Drive, Winston-Salem

  • $789,000 (originally $825,500)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3,053 square feet, 1.77 acres
  • Price/square foot: $258
  • Built in 1981
  • Listed March 13, 2020
  • Last sale: $480,000, February 2008
  • Neighborhood: Sherwood Forest
  • Note: The property includes an Asian style landscape, two-level Japanese tea house, greenhouse/four-season sun room off the master bedroom.
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412 Emerywood Drive, High Point
The Gibson House
contract pending September 5, 2020

  • $775,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,249 square feet, 0.63 acre
  • Price/square foot: $182
  • Built in 1955
  • Listed September 2, 2020
  • Last sale: $425,000, July 2014
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood
  • Note: The property has an in-ground pool.
    • Listing: “The great room has bi-fold doors w/motorized screens which allow it to become add’l outdoor living space.”
    • “Landscaping is integrated into the site, and foundation plantings have been incorporated into the design of the house to maximize privacy. Most of the concrete on the site was tinted green to to minimize its visual impact.” (The Architecture of High Point, North Carolina, by native son and renowned preservationist Benjamin Briggs)
    • The house was built for Geneva and Sloan Gibson, owners of the Gibson Ice Cream company.
    • “Sloan Gibson makes ice cream—and how! Other plants of similar character produce ice cream, frozen sherbets, chocolate milk and what have you. This is solely an ice cream makery and it turns out the stuff at the rate of 7,500 gallons a day. It goes to army camps, drug stores, roadside stands and elsewhere but a whale of a lot is served across the counter and on the tables of the ‘gold room’ at the plant. Parking space is provided for a hundred or more cars and uniform curb service attendants are at hand.” (Statesville Record Landmark, May 10, 1947, via the wonderful Rural North Carolina History blog)
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179 Dr. Floyd Scott Lane, Burlington

  • $630,000 (originally $650,000)
  • 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,214 square feet, 6.04 acres
  • Price/square foot: $150
  • Built in 1955
  • Listed January 24, 2020
  • Last sale: November 1948, no price recorded on deed
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402 Shadow Valley Drive, High Point

  • $599,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,996 square feet, 3.69 acres
  • Price/square foot: $150
  • Built in 1956
  • Listed March 18, 2020
  • Last sale: $340,000, January 1992
  • Note: The house is owned by an LLC belonging to Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams.
    • The property is in Davidson County although it’s just northwest of downtown High Point.
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509 Mendenhall Road, Jamestown
contract pending August 4-20, 2020
contract pending September 6, 2020
no longer under contract September 16, 2020

  • $539,000 (originally $549,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,842 square feet, 0.83 acre
  • Price/square foot: $111
  • Built in 1959
  • Listed May 14, 2020
  • Last sale: $206,500, July 2004
  • Note: Located on High Point Lake
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2323 N. Elm Street, Greensboro
contract pending September 10, 2020

  • $495,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,869 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $128
  • Built in 1962
  • Listed November 19, 2019
  • Last sale: $123,500, June 1975
  • Neighborhood: Irving Park
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1624 S. Marblehead Road, Lewisville, Forsyth County
contract pending April 13-18, 2020
contract pending June 2-23, 2020
contract pending July 25 to August 7, 2020
contract pending August 18, 2020

  • $438,700 (originally priced at $475,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4,476 square feet, 1.8 acres
  • Price/square foot: $98
  • Built in 1978
  • Listed November 1, 2019
  • Last sale: $423,000, October 2017
  • Note: For sale by owner
    • Previous listing said the house is an “Open Pacific Northwest design with Modernist features.”
    • The house was sold in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.

3405 Wynnewood Drive, Greensboro
contract pending September 14, 2020

  • $399,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 2,940 square feet, 0.51 acre
  • Price/square foot: $136
  • Built in 1982
  • Listed September 10, 2020
  • Last sale: $290, December 1987
  • Neighborhood: New Irving Park

1403 Emerywood Drive, High Point
The William F. and Beverly Freeman, Jr. House
contract pending September 9, 2020

  • $395,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 3,151 square feet, 0.6 acre
  • Price/square foot: $125
  • Built in 1956
  • Listed September 4, 2020
  • Last sale: $224,000, August 2006
  • Neighborhood: Emerywood
  • Note: Designed by William Freeman as his own house.
    • The current owner is architect Peter H. Freeman, the Freemans’ son, who conducted a complete restoration. Many Modernist features had been lost in a 1970s renovation.

264 Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem
listing removed October 10, 2019; relisted June 22, 2020
contract pending July 6-August 4, 2020
contract pending September 3, 2020

  • $389,900 (originally $439,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 2,341 square feet, 0.74 acre
  • Price/square foot: $167
  • Built in 1955
  • Listed August 30, 2019
  • Last sale: $232,000, February 2015
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista
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3353 Buena Vista Road, Winston-Salem
contract pending September 18, 2020

  • $379,000 (originally $350,000, then $565,000)
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,395 square feet, 0.47 acre
  • Price/square foot: $158
  • Built in 1957
  • Listed August 12, 2020
  • Last sale: $199,000, July 2009
  • Neighborhood: Buena Vista

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1142 Westover Terrace, Asheboro, Randolph County
contract pending August 17, 2020

  • $289,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,978 square feet, 0.72 acre
  • Price/square foot: $147
  • Built in 1964
  • Listed August 14, 2020
  • Last sale: $242,000, April 2014
  • Neighborhood: Westridge
  • Note: Designed by J. Hyatt Hammond

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1058 Teague Road, Winston-Salem
The Austin D. and Alberta C. Parker House

  • $279,900 (originally $319,900)
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,381 square feet, 1.68 acres
  • Price/square foot: $83
  • Built in 1941
  • Listed August 9, 2020
  • Last sale: The property has been in the Parker family since at least 1941.
  • Listing: “unique Caribbean style, custom built home in a lovely country setting”
    • This house may stretch the definition of Mid-Century Modern. It looks like a precursor to MCM. Description on N.C. Modernist: “Parker sketched the designs for this and the next house on a paper bag while sailing back to the United States after one of his trips to Cuba. He hired Fogle Brothers to build two unusual but not really Modernist houses, one for himself and one for his son, Mark Parker.” It’s still owned by the Parkers’ heirs.

3517 Bentbrook Drive, High Point
The Joe L. Fryhover House
contract pending September 8, 2020

  • $189,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,386 square feet, 1 acre
  • Price/square foot: $137
  • Built in 1963
  • Listed September 5, 2020
  • Last sale: $115,000, December 2018
  • Note: The first owner of the house was Joe L. Fryhover, voice instructor and choir director at High Point College.