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A modern take on midcentury style asks $3.2M

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Can a 19-car garage and midcentury modern design coexist?

Photos by John Unrue, courtesy of Miranda Cady, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

From time capsule homes to vintage thrift finds, it’s easy to love the style of the 1950s and 1960s. But is it possible to build new takes on midcentury modern design, whether it’s a prefab kit home or a high-end luxury home?

Take this five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath contemporary in Winter Park, Florida. The sprawling home measures 8,910 square feet and was built in 2013, two factors that may seem antithetical to midcentury modern design. Still, the home’s midcentury inspiration is clear, including an open floor plan that’s built around an enviable central courtyard with a light and airy feel.

The front facade features a mix of stone and glass, with geometric circles of landscaping widening out from the entry door. Inside, tall glass windows provide plenty of light and all of the bedrooms feature views out onto the courtyard and pool.

Other top-notch amenities include white porcelain glass tile throughout, automatic roll-down hurricane shutters, and wood-paneled ceilings. Beyond the size of the house, where the listing might falter in its midcentury authenticity, however, is the 19-car garage—that’s about as anti-Usonian as it gets.

Still, even if the central courtyard and long horizontal lines aren’t enough to sell the home’s midcentury inspiration, it is a breathe of fresh air in a Florida market dominated with tiled-roof Mediterraneans. If it looks like a fit for you, 511 West Canton Avenue is on the market now for $3,200,000.

An aerial view of the home’s party-ready courtyard.
Wood-paneled ceilings, long horizontal lines, and large windows point to the home’s midcentury inspiration.
The kitchen uses pops of wood to break up the all-white design.
Each bedroom boasts views onto the courtyard, a common feature in midcentury homes.
The outdoor pool as seen from one of the home’s six bedrooms.
Lounging areas in the central courtyard.
The long 19-car garage features 20-foot ceilings.