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Swanky midcentury with modern updates asks $3.8M

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A 200-person patio boasts panoramic views

Photos by Jed Pearson with Mouve Media

Some buyers may love a midcentury time capsule, but midcentury modern style can look just an impressive with a few updates. Take this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath on the hills above Salt Lake City, Utah. Designed in 1960 by architect Robert Fowler, the 3,599-square-foot house was remodeled and transformed to maximize the home’s midcentury bones with modern amenities.

The front of the home features long horizontal lines and a three-car garage. The back of the house is dramatically different: A giant wall of glass and overhanging roof creates a large patio with views to the city below and the surrounding mountains. The main living room and dining area features a floating wire staircase, painted cedar board and batten, and a bluestone fireplace that can be seen from either side of the room.

Throughout the home the remodel used walnut paneling, Brazilian cherry treads, and Douglas Fir ceilings that compliment granite or terrazzo flooring. Bright colors are highlighted in multiple rooms; the kitchen features Ferrari red accents and Carrara marble countertops, the bedroom is a cheery yellow, and other accent walls match the owner’s art collection.

Outside, architect and landscape designer Kenneth Pollard—who was responsible for the updating of the home—took advantage of the home’s sloping site to build a multi-level garden and courtyard. From the kitchen, you step outside and journey down a flight of stairs, past the cantilevered deck and to a courtyard and path of sycamores. The path travels down bluestone pavers alternating with floating stairs to a 30-year-old Japanese maple and two elephant sculptures. Other outdoor perks include a fire pit and a patio large enough to fit 200 guests.

Love what you see? 800 East Northcrest Drive is on the market now for $3,750,000.