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Location: Winter Park, Florida
Built in 1960 for the Kerr family of real estate developers, this block-and-beam midcentury modern in Winter Park, Florida, features elements of the Sarasota School of Architecture and Japanese design.
Taking cues from a traditional Japanese home, the 3,651-square-foot residence arranges itself around a courtyard garden boasting mature plants and a koi pond, while sliding glass doors from nearly every room (there are four bedrooms and three and a half baths) open directly onto it.
As for the interiors, which appear to have been updated recently, a fluid floorplan begins with a “serpentine” sunken living room characterized by a floating copper fireplace, then flows into a formal dining space and into an updated kitchen, and finally into a spacious family room—all placed to take in views of the courtyard.
The master suite is also positioned to maximize indoor-outdoor living, with sliders opening onto a deck. Three steps lead up to the bathroom and an open atrium garden shower topped by a skylight. Another suite, plus a guest bedroom, and another one clad in wood paneling currently being used as an office round out the private quarters.
The master bedroom and family room were added in the early ’70s by noted local architects Helman, Hurley, Charvat, and Peacock, with updates made over the years. A refresh, combined with the restoration of original details, would bring this midcentury find back to its glory days. Located on over half an acre at 409 Balmoral Road, the property is offered at $895,000.
Courtesy of Kelly Price & Company