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Famed midcentury modern ‘Sputnik house’ hits market for $359K

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A sputnik light fixture hangs on the front porch

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Whether you love a renovated midcentury modern or prefer a time capsule from the 1950s, fans of the style never tire of gawking at real estate. Take this three-bedroom, three-bath residence in Houston, Texas. Sitting on a spacious 11,694-square-foot lot, the 1957 home makes a statement from the street thanks to a peaked overhanging roof at the entryway, pink Roman brick, and Cypress trim.

Dangling from the large wooden beam on the patio is a spuknik lamp, the perfect accent to the teal front door and its gleaming chinoiserie plate. The captivating light fixture is an original feature of the house, designed by builder Donald Stotler. Stotler was so enthralled with the launch of the Sputnik space launch—which was also in 1957—that he commissioned a Sputnik light fixture, earning the home the nickname “the Sputnik house.”

Inside, period details abound, from the brick wall accents to the terrazzo floors. A combo den and breakfast area features vaulted beamed ceilings and an impressive brick fireplace, while the open kitchen boasts a moveable counter, chinoiserie hardware, and updated appliances.

Lovers of original 1950s tile work will rejoice at the original baths—one with pristine pink tiling. Throw in other amenities like a large utility room, oversized master bedroom, and a large backyard for entertaining and you have the makings of a 2,334-square-foot midcentury dream house.

Look like the one for you? 8015 Glenforest Court is on the market now for $359,900, and don’t worry, the sputnik light fixture is included in the sale.

The famous sputnik light feature, a large orb with extruding spokes lit up on the ends.
A brick fireplace takes center stage in the beamed living room.
Another sputnik light hangs in the dining room.
The kitchen remains true to the period style.
An untouched bathroom is pretty in pink.
A large yard provides plenty of space for entertaining.