Saturday, July 21, 2018

Live your Midcentury Modern dream in this groovy home

This post was originally posted on on July 20, 2018.

Mad about Midcentury Modern homes? You aren’t alone. These homes, typically built in the 1950s through 1970s, offer a simple and functional design, open spaces that let the outside in and a ton of style. Think the “I Love Lucy” kitchen, “The Brady Brunch” family room, the “Mad Men” series and “The Big Lebowski.”

What is Midcentury Modern?

So what makes a home MCM? According to Mike and Rhonda Gibbons, Savvy + Co. Real Estate agents and Midcentury Modern home owners and enthusiasts, there are a few key features to look for.

Asymetrical or shallow pitch rooflines and angular archetecural details
Bi-level and/or open living spaces
Big windows that bring the outdoors and nature inside
Fun and whimsical elements like offset brickwork and flower power breeze blocks
Groovy bright colors
Simplicity of design

While a Midcentury Modern home doesn’t need to have all these attributes, anyone can add a splash of MCM to any home with the right paint colors, furnishings and landscaping. Just ask Mike and Rhonda! They say Midcentury Modern is a lifestyle bringing together unique architecture, original art and furniture.

Could this Midcentury Modern home be for you?

Want to live the dream in a circa 1960 Midcentury Modern beauty? This ranch located at 1300 Lynbrook Drive has been expertly updated from floor to ceiling. See it for yourself during a public Open House this Saturday, July 21 from 1-3 p.m.

The original footprint and design elements of this home were kept in tact and blended with modern features including a stunning master suite. You’ll love the attention to detail! Check out the custom built rosewood cabinetry, one of a kind mod design patio railing, cedar plank steps and quirky offset brick fireplace.

Don’t miss the 2018 Mad About Modern Midcentury Modern Home Tour

If you can’t get enough MCM, get your tickets for the 2018 Mad About Modern Midcentury Modern Home Tour September 29 presented by The Charlotte Museum of History. Soak up the awesome vibe and walk away with fab decorating ideas!

Connect with Mike and Rhonda

If you want one of these homes of your very own, contact Savvy + Co. agents Mike and Rhonda Gibbons. They have access to smart search criteria and they can sniff out some good finds and help you negotiate and manage multiple offers.

“Serving on the Mad About Modern Home Tour committee for several years, we have our ear to the ground on everything midcentury modern and that is a real asset for our clients,” says Mike. “We’ve helped several buyers find homes sometimes before they even come on the market! We are happy to share tips on buying a Midcentury Modern home in Charlotte.”

If you want to see more amazing MCM photos, follow Mike on Instagram.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Rare Mid Century Modern Find in Charlotte!

6409 Reddman Road offers over 2,600 sq.ft. on over an acre close to town in hot Coventry Woods!

List Price: $275,000
Three Bedrooms / Three and a Half Baths
Many amazing, mid-century modern original details are still in place such as vaulted beamed ceilings, huge expanses of glass, beautiful real mahogany paneling, oak hardwood flooring, open flowing spaces, light fixtures. This fabulous Charlotte modern home for sale has a large front porch with slate floor that leads into the gracious foyer which features a built-in planter under an expansive window. The foyer leads to the spacious living room as well as the dining area and recently renovated kitchen. 

The living room has a fireplace and the dining room has glass doors that leads to a deck. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, including a refrigerator. The upper level offers three large bedrooms with the master suite offering an ensuite bath and four closets.  Both baths on the bedroom level offer period tile and vanities.  

The lower level has a huge family room, with fireplace with built-ins and exposed brick walls. This level hosts the laundry and a third bath. There is also an one car garage on this level that has been closed in for storage or workshop, a garage door could be added to make it a garage again. There is lots of storage in a basement under the main level as well. The previously mentioned deck overlooks huge fenced rear yard. There is a neighborhood park just a block away and the property is adjacent to a future greenway. 

This is a very unique and special property for the Mid Century Modern Enthusiast!!! For more information contact Shonn Ross at Savvy + Co. Real Estate at (704) 506-6767.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mad for Mod? This Cool Pad Will Have You Doing the Watusi!

This mid century modern split plan is filled with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows front to back in this groovy living space.

The kitchen is FAB with a dual drawer dishwasher, double over and butcher block countertops.

Let the party spill out onto the curved patio and danced backyard.

Lots of gorgeous hardwood floors.

The rad bath was gutted to the studs with cool champaign fixtures and custom niches.

Neat and clean daddy-o. Hip and happenin' hood too! Come see!

1815 Kilborne Drive
List Price: $330,000

Monday, April 10, 2017

Unique and Special Home Based on a MCM Plan on 4+ Acres!

Once in a while life presents an opportunity that is far and few in between, and 1306 Meadowdale Rd is just one of those moments! 4 lush acres of manicured lawns and woods offer privacy and serenity, and hosts one of the coolest homes ever conceived. Based on a Mid-Century Modern house plan, this amazing home was built in 1986 and has been lovingly maintained and updated over the years.

This sprawling ranch basement offers iconic post and beam construction, with walls of glass and  glass doors which harmonize the indoor areas with the outdoor living and entertaining areas. Set back from the street, the central courtyard welcome guests to the light filled foyer of this home. Inside you will find vaulted and beamed ceilings and wood floors which add warmth, to open and flowing light filled spaces. 

From the foyer, look right and into the ample dining room, which steps down two steps into the sunken spacious living room, with a stone fireplace and flanking bookcases. Both rooms lead to a stone terrace over looking a tranquil and stocked pond. From the foyer, look left into the large family room, which also offers a matching stone fireplace  and is open to the convenient and functional kitchen. The kitchen resides behind the foyer, between the family room and dining room and overlooks the rear yard. It features solid wood cabinetry topped by a solid surface counter, and offers a plentitude of counter and cabinet space. Appliances include a 48” smooth surface cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher and trash compactor. 

The Master Retreat is located in it’s own wing, just off of the living and dining room areas. The vaulted sleeping chamber is huge and offers a expansive wall of sliding glass doors to a private sleeping terrace. The renovated master bath invites you in for a spa experience with oversized shower, separate soaking tub and floating vanity with vessel sinks. Nearby is a large walk-in closet.

There are 3 additional bedrooms in another wing off of the family room. Each of these rooms has vaulted ceilings and sliding glass doors to either the pool terrace or a private terrace and are served by a updated hall bath.  Also just off of the family room is the drop zone area, leading to the over-sized double garage and stairs to the lower level. This level makes for a wonderful rec room, media room or man cave, has a large 5th bedroom with another large closet and another full bath.

From the family room, through sliding glass doors is a wonderful private enclosed pool terrace with in-ground swimming pool. A special place to entertain family and friends, to have a summer blast, or a late night romantic swim on a hot summer’s night!


Article by Shonn Ross, Broker, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Connect or disconnect? The choice is yours at this stunning modern home located in the heart of Dilworth!

Today it’s all about being connected. We're connected to our phones, our TVs and even to our thermostats! Modern life can feel pretty overwhelming at times between our family, work and social responsibilities. That’s why simply walking to the park or a favorite restaurant can be rejuvenating!

2005 Lombardy Circle in the heart of Dilworth is about different kinds of connections. How about being connected to your neighborhood, to your friends and most of all to yourself. The great thing about living in a truly walkable neighborhood like Dilworth is you feel connected and unplugged at the same time. 

Living on Lombardy Circle you’re literally a couple minute walk to some of Charlotte's new and best restaurants Kid Cashew - lamb burger is a must (great patio dining too), Lewboski’s bar is legendary (make your own memories here), Babalu try the De Pato (braised duck tacos) and JJ’s Red Hots arguably the best hot dog…anywhere! Oh and shopping too…all just a short stroll from your front door. Oh and don’t forget MayoBird a great healthy and delicious lunch stop!

Afterwards why not stroll around Freedom Park - yes Charlotte’s largest park is literally steps from your front door. There are walking trails, a lake and the park is very dog friendly. And you’ll never have to worry about parking for two of Charlotte’s best traditions Festival in the Park and The Greek Festival!

So you might be thinking well the neighborhood is great but what about the house? The house is the best part of all…Charlotte architect Hal Tribble cleverly designed a home that makes you feel connected to the outdoors and private at the same time. Tribble is one of North Carolina’s top modernist architects. He is responsible for some of North Carolina’s most interesting and innovative residential and commercial properties. NC Modernist has a dedicated page - check it out 

Tribble’s design is genius mixing modern open style with private spaces. The entire second floor is a master living suite with bedroom, bath, study/den and private balcony. Large windows and the balcony allow tons of light in without sacrificing privacy. 

The first floor is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing at the end of your work day. That’s right start the day with coffee and end with a margarita! The main floor is fabulous with open dining and living areas. But the star is the chef’s kitchen with windows all around and a large butcher block island with all the high end appliances you'd expect! You can entertain friends without ever leaving the kitchen and adjacent patio - I know I’ve done it!

So bottom line 2005 Lombardy Circle is all about feeling connected in so many ways. All you have to do is decide how you want to connect or disconnect! The best news is the home is available for sale - call or text Mike Gibbons at Savvy + Co. Real Estate at 704-517-5417.

Article by Mike Gibbons, Broker, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Living tomorrow today. The home of the future is here today and it’s in Charlotte on Rama Road!

With home model names like ReCharge, ReFresh and ReBalance, Chelsea Building Group’s new ReAlta development is unlike anything Charlotte has seen. Located in Charlotte’s newest “it” area MoRa (Monroe Road corridor), ReAlta’s twenty homes (priced in the $475-575k range) combine European design, innovative building materials, unheard of Home Efficiency Ratings Systems (HERS)… Oh and it happens to be Charlotte’s first fully solar community.

Sounds great, right? But what does all of that mean? Well, let me put it in context: The day I toured the model home, solar energy was providing 100%+ of the power needed for the home, and was even sending some back to Duke Energy for a credit to boot! Green is good, and in ReAlta it’s really good. The solar energy systems in the homes are projected to save a ReAlta homeowner thousands of dollars. So while you’re doing good for the environment, you’re also doing good, very good, for you!

Chelsea Building Group has done an amazing job of creating a modern living environment that is both warm and inviting. Whether it’s contemporary, mid-century modern or modern, their homes are all about simplicity and functional design. Homes at ReAlta boast the coolest most sought after design features. Bright open living spaces, extra large windows for more natural light, spa-like bathrooms, and outdoor living spaces that are a seamless connection between the outdoors and indoors, another tenet of modern living. Plenty of room to entertain friends, welcome family, or to just relax at end of a busy day. 

At ReAlta it’s all about being connected. You're not just in your home; your home is part of you! No, it’s not a Vulcan mind meld, but your home does understand you and responds accordingly. With one touch, your home will dim the lights, stream high-resolution music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. How cool is that?? As the team at Chelsea Building Group puts it, “Control4 delivers power and performance on one platform that coordinates the technology in your house into complete experiences—interactions that fit your lifestyle and are easy for your family to enjoy”. 

The Chelsea team also states, ”we believe in making houses that live as well as they look, that are as solid behind the walls as they are beautiful on the outside.”

Ready to see the future, your future… call me at (704) 517-5417 or, and I'll give you a tour of the development. Don't worry, it's OK if you drive your normal terrestrial car!

Article by Mike Gibbons, Broker, Savvy + Co. Real Estate
Photos Courtesy of ReAlta

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wowzers! Sleek, Sexy Post & Beam MCM in Way Cool Burtonwood!

For all your living and entertaining needs!

Nestled on large private lot in Burtonwood, a canopied pocket neighborhood of custom homes on large lots and one of Charlotte’s best kept secrets. This neighborhood is located along the proposed Silver Light Rail Line with two stops very close by. Commuting to Uptown or Mathews will be a breeze! 

This very special home was custom designed and built in 1956 for the Bigg family, owners of the Bigg Camera Business for decades in Charlotte. The current sellers are only the second owners of the home and took great pride in preserving all the mid-century modern details while renovating it. 

The home is set far off from the road offering an expansive front lawn. The low slung profile accented by roman brick, vertical board siding, exposed beams, slate walkway and porch set the tone as you approach the front entrance. Once inside, you are greeted by huge a expanse of glass and vaulted ceilings with exposed beams which grace almost every room in this amazing home. A formal living room with wood burning fireplace is open to the formal dining room with an exposed brick wall. The den, with gas log fireplace, is at the rear of the home and is open to a fabulous, renovated kitchen. A wall of windows highlights the open rail stairs to the lower level.

The kitchen has charcoal modern cabinet fronts with coordinating solid surface counters, stainless steel appliances and a ceramic glass backsplash. The appliances include a 5 burner gas range with hood above, built-in wall oven, dishwasher and side-by-side refrigerator. Added features include an elongated window over the sink area, a breakfast bar, custom pullouts and a pop-up mixer shelf! 

Both the kitchen and dining rooms lead to the light-filled sunroom which makes a great breakfast and reading area, and offers access to the private terrace and hot tub area, plus leads to the double attached carport.

The main level master bedroom has a slider to a private balcony, overlooking the wooded rear yard. It offers a renovated bath with modern tile, frameless glass  shower and floating vanity. There is a walk-in closet, plus another closet. 

A renovated hall bath shines, offering beautiful glass tiles and floating vanity! This bath serves guests as well as the secondary bedrooms on the main level. 

The lower level offers tons of windows in an expansive rec room with a mini-kitchen and access to another terrace and the fenced rear yard. There is also a fourth bedroom and third bath on this level as well as a laundry and storage areas. 

A mid-century modern lovers 2,600+ sf dream home in a urban setting on a private .6+ acre lot long the future Light Rail… all at $350,000. Welcome Home!!!

For more information contact Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent Shonn Ross at