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Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ah, the Midwest, the land of extremely affordable (relatively speaking, that is) midcentury modern homes, where covetable period properties can go for an asking price of under $200,000, like this 1950s home with a “scotch and music” room.
Another home by the same architect, John Randal McDonald, is now on the market in Milwaukee, with an even more palatable price of $115,900—which wouldn’t even buy you a fraction of a parking space in some places in Manhattan.
Built circa 1956 and updated since then, the efficiently arranged 1,517-square-foot residence features a low-profile, flat-roofed brick construction that recalls Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. There are three bedrooms and one bathroom, and an open-plan great room with dining area lined with brick walls and paneled ceilings, with clerestory windows and a large hearth anchoring the space.
An updated kitchen flows from there, with the private quarters set along an adjacent hallway. Outside, a spacious backyard and patio round out the property, which boasts a passive solar design and radiant-heated floors.
Run, don’t walk, to 4003 West Kiley Avenue, which, to reiterate, is asking $115,900. For that price, you may have enough to redo some of the updates (in the kitchen and bathroom, especially) to make them more period-appropriate.