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In Search of a Dream Mid-Century Modern Home

My husband recently started a new job in Tulsa, Oklahoma which is about 50 miles away from our current home. Although we will not be able to complete the move until our daughter finishes high school in May, we are ready to look for our (more likely “my”) dream mid-century modern ranch style home in the Tulsa area.

We must have:

Three bedrooms
Two bathrooms
A large backyard for our dogs
Two living areas (a formal living room and a dog room, aka family room)
A garage or carport

Of course, I’d love a house with original features intact, but that’s hard to come by. I’d rather buy a fixer upper than a “move in ready” house with brand new things/updates (that are not period appropriate or not my taste) installed by a previous owner.

There are quite few neighborhoods feature nice mid-century modern ranch style homes in Tulsa. Among all, Lortondale is definitely my favorite. Lortondale is a mid-century modern neighborhood built between 1954 and 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As of this writing, there are six houses up for sale in Lortondale – all in our price range. Unfortunately, none of these houses are “the one” for us (Don’t get me wrong. These are all great houses – just not a perfect fit for us). Lortondale has its great website filled with its history and pictures – you should check it out!

One of My Favorite Lortondale Houses

Another neighborhood I like is Wedgwood neighboorhood my friend Jennie lives (By the way, Jennie has the coolest house in Wedgwood. Her house will be featured in upcoming Atomic Ranch hardcover book).

Jennie's House

I have been driving around to see the houses I like. This one is for sale at $109,900 in the Redbud neighborhood. I LOVE the way it looks from the outside, but not so much inside… This is one of those “move in ready” houses with not so great updates.

Love this one!

We are not in a hurry to buy a house, so we will keep looking – someday we will find the one!

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “In Search of a Dream Mid-Century Modern Home”

  1. Chris and Corion 30 Sep 2011 at 7:54 am

    That is one great thing about Oklahoma real estate. You can get a pretty amazing house for your money. Good luck on your search for the perfect MCM home!

  2. Nicholeon 03 Oct 2011 at 7:54 pm

    If you like ranch styles & split levels, you should check out Patrick Henry and the little wedge left in our neighborhood – Max Campbell.

  3. Nicholeon 03 Oct 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Oh and we are a 3 kids family with way to much stuff for Lortondale. I agree they are cute homes, but we need at least 1800 square feet minimum 🙂 And a garage. We live just south of Promenade Mall and have a really neat bike trail and quick access to retail, highway and hospitals.

    I’d also check the neighborhoods near LaFortune park, specifically Sungate.

    I moved here to Tulsa from OKC 7 years ago and love it!

  4. adminon 03 Oct 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks, Chris and Cori!

  5. adminon 03 Oct 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you for the tips, Nichole! I’ve been looking all over Tulsa for my dream MCM house. Your tips are very helpful 🙂

  6. Cory Spackmanon 27 Dec 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Hi There,

    I ran across this page today, quite randomly. I’m also dreaming of a MCM home, but in Northern Cali. For me, the MCM home should be surrounded in lush gardens/nature, such that I can bring some of that beauty into the house, perfectly framed through floor to ceiling windows. I like the exterior looks of the last home on this page — seems like it has some real gardening potential for my dream MCM home.

  7. Jayon 27 Sep 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that the “one of my favorite Lortondale houses” is on the market as of today. It is mine. We love it, but are being transferred to OKC. If you are in the market shoot me an email: ttownjay@icloud.com

  8. adminon 29 Sep 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Jay – I’m no longer in the market – I live in Lortondale now, but I don’t think we’ve met…

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