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Midcentury gem on 73 acres asks $1.6M

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The right restoration could yield big results

Photos by Erik Olsen

Fans of midcentury modern architecture have no shortage of potential homes to buy, but not many of them are on extensive plots of land. This four-bedroom, four-bath home in the mountains of North Carolina marks an exception.

Designed in 1949 by Holland Brady of the architecture firm Schweikher and Elting, the 2,948-square-foot main house sits on a 73-acre horse farm surrounded by rolling hills. The home was featured in Architectural Record (page 122-126) in 1952 with an extensive description of its attributes.

Overhanging roofs and long horizontal lines help organize the design, and the home is shaped in a wide V with the living room at the center. A distinct fireplace with angled bricks adds texture and takes center stage in the living room, and all of the windows are floor-to-ceiling to take advantage of the panorama. A large terrace on either side offers indoor-outdoor living, including views onto the sculptured hedge bushes in the yard.

Other original period features include wood ceilings, built-in shelves, and wooden floors. The listing also includes a six-stall barn, established pastures, and two guest houses. And while the main house lacks the shine and polish from its Architectural Record heyday, a bit of work could make this place shine.

If you’re ready to take on the restoration, Long Lane Farm is on the market now for $1,600,000.

The V-shaped house features a large terrace on either side of the main living room.
A distinctive fireplace adds texture while floor-to-ceiling sliding doors welcome you to the outdoors.
Original built-in bookcases are featured in several rooms.
Much of the home needs work, but it could be stunning with the right restoration.
A long kitchen takes advantage of the mountain views.
A bedroom features the same type of brick fireplace as the living room.