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Snag a Midcentury Time Capsule on Leafy Grounds for $999K

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Location: Spokane, Washington
Price: $999,000

Building Spokane, WA's midcentury jewel, The Ferris House, was no easy feat. According to the home's official website, modernist enthusiasts Mary Jean and Joel E. Ferris III wanted to build a house reflective of their passion on a lot they've carefully selected, but the neighborhood association was vehemently against it. To realize their vision, the couple had to find a new plot of land, located on the four-acre estate of Joel's uncle, to construct their modernist home sans noise and objections. Enlisting Bruce Walker, a local architect who was greatly influenced by SoCal modernists such as Craig Ellwood and Charles Eames, the Ferrises ultimately got a remarkable one-story post-and-beam dream, clad in white stucco and red brick, and surrounded by park-like grounds masterminded by noted American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.

The 1955-built home, now asking just under $1 million, still looks of that era, flaunting its original glass walls, galley kitchen, and built-ins. Winner of an AIA First Honor Award in 1960, the three-bedroom, 2,842-square-foot residence is also listed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places and has been featured in a number of publications over the years, including, more recently, the New York Times and Dwell. With such a rich pedigree, it's hard to believe the home has been sitting unclaimed for almost six months— but then again, the average home price in the area is in the mid-$100,000s.


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