As a real estate agent, I have the opportunity to work with buyers who are looking for their next new home in the Carolinas.  As we head in to 2015, I have noticed an increased interest in Mid Century Modern style homes.  Is retro mania, brought on by shows like Mad Men and good old-fashioned nostalgia driving a return to the midcentury modern style?  In Charlotte the Oakhurst community offers a new development called Moderna. Moderna-1Moderna is located just off of Commonwealth Avenue and is currently offering 26 elegant and modern single-family homes with 8 floor plans and 13 facades priced from $439,000 to $499,000. Sizes range from 2100 to more than 2700 square feet, with 3 and 4 bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 baths.  These plans feature 10ft ceilings, floating staircases in two-story vaulted entries with custom metal railings in a very modern style.  Moderna is a new neighborhood that offers the look and feel of mid century modern style.  Currently Moderna has one newly built home under contract with three spec homes available for purchase.

The midcentury modern style is characterized by flat planes, large glass windows and open space.  Homes featuring this style were built from 1945 to the 1980s. There are many older neighborhoods in the Charlotte area that offer the mid century modern style including Providence Plantation, Raintree, Coachman Ridge, and Cotswold to name a few or search here for a full search of Mid Century Modern homes offered in Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Some of the key elements that you will find in the MCM homes include:

  • Flat planes. Flat roofs are common, though modern ranch-style houses had gable roofs.
  • Large windows. Sliding-glass doors and other expansive panes of glass allow light to enter rooms from multiple angles.
  • Changes in elevation. A mid-century modern might have partial walls, or cabinets of varying heights to create different depths in the space.
  • Integration with nature. Rooms have multiple outdoor views.
  • Open floor plans: Homes have a single-room feel with great sight lines.
  • A melding of indoors and out: Flooring, ceilings, beams and walls run straight from interiors to outdoor living space blending the two.

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