Mid-century modern home revival in Madison

Posted by Samantha Haas on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 5:38am.

Just about 150 years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright was born right here in Wisconsin. He went on to become a renowned architect, and many of his unique homes and buildings can be found in Madison. His belief that structures should be designed in harmony with the environment influenced other architects to adopt a "modern" style after World War II.

Many of these mid-century modern homes were built from the 1940s-60s, with an emphasis on being open and functional. They can often be identified by their flatter roofs, asymmetrical exterior and large windows that make nature the focal point.

The mid-century modern style has gained popularity in the housing market in recent years, and there are quite a few scattered throughout the Madison area - especially on the west side. But "For Sale" signs can be hard to come by, which is part of what makes our newest listing at 5813 Anchorage Avenue so special.

5813 Anchorage Avenue

At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac set on the border of the Faircrest and Crestwood neighborhoods on Madison's west side is a beautiful mid-century modern home at 5813 Anchorage Avenue. The unassuming ranch (with a pop of color from its orange door) is set back from the road with plenty of greenspace.

The home was built in 1959 and features hardwood floors, a fireplace, south-facing 3-season porch and a partial wall between the dining and living room to give the space an open feel.

The updated and efficient galley kitchen also features a large window that overlooks the porch and peaceful backyard.

Two bedrooms and a spacious bathroom branch off of the hallway, which features rectangular windows and is the perfect spot to hang artwork.

Sharing a lot line with a Frank Lloyd Wright home, this property is just a short walk from Stephens Elementary School and the expansive Owen Conservation Park.

The nearly 100-acre park features 3.4 miles of trails that wind through prairies and oak savannas. Be sure to check out the flowers in bloom, which attract bees, birds and butterflies, and the hilltop view of Madison's west side.

To learn more about this home and other listed mid-century properties, click here.

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