Friday, September 18, 2020

Mid Century Modern Magic on Lynbrook Drive

Address: 1141 Lynbrook Drive
Neighborhood: Cotswold
List Price: $1,090,000
Listing Agent: Charles Major

Whether you are a Mid-Century Modern (MCM) enthusiast, local history buff or appreciate a home with tons of style and glamour, the masterpiece at 1141 Lynbrook Drive checks all the boxes - twice. Lovingly restored by Susan and Gus van Soestbergen, the home has all the hallmarks of the MCM style with its geometric shapes, clean lines and expansive windows.

Guests are in for a special treat when they enter the courtyard and cross over a small bridge to the custom built front door. First impressions of the open space reveal slate floors, high ceilings and a modern staircase. “These include design features which allow the home to open up, and unfold to visitors whom enter and are invited into the space,” Gus told Urban Home Charlotte magazine.

Ready for an adventure? Step inside. 

MCM: A Primer

At the center of mid-century modern design (MCM for short), are uncluttered lines, minimal ornamentation and contrasting materials. MCM is sleek without being fussy; the cool kid who doesn’t have to try.

The MCM movement got its start in Germany from Bauhaus architects and designers who migrated to America after World War II. MCM flourished for several decades, predominantly in the post-war suburbs of the 1950s. Interiors often boast wood elements merged with modern materials like metal, glass, vinyl, plywood, Plexiglass and Lucite. 

Historical Beginnings

The Lynbrook home was originally designed and built in 1960 for the Mann Family - owners of Mann Travel. London-born Alan Ingram was hired as the architect and built the home in the popular MCM style. Ingram moved to North Carolina in 1956 and you can see his over 50 years of influence in other Charlotte homes as well as industrial properties and retirement facilities.

A Bright Future

The Lynbrook home is now ready for the next generation of owners to add their special touches. Although steeped in history, this five bedroom, four bath gem reflects what today’s buyer wants with fun and creative spaces around every corner.

This home offers so many ways to enjoy the day (and the view) with tons of windows to let in the light, including a wall of glass in the master suite overlooking the pool. Explore the outdoor oasis with Koi pond, trails, large trees and beautiful wide open spaces.  

Inside you’ll find a renovated kitchen with stainless fridge, five-burner Wolf cooktop, quartz countertops and more. Year round entertainment is made easy in the screened living area and summer kitchen with built-in grill, or head to the large sunken living room with vaulted ceilings that opens to the stunning dining area. 

Grab your fab swimsuit, book and shades and make your way to the outdoor heated and cooled salt-water pool and jacuzzi for a luxurious afternoon alone or with friends.

The list of wow goes on and on. Take a tour of this masterpiece during the Open House this Saturday, September 19th from 1 - 4 pm or schedule a private showing with the listing agent, Charles Major and make this home your own.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Modern Architectural Masterpiece in Dilworth

Address: 1124 Dilworth Crescent Row
Neighborhood: Dilworth
List Price: $1,290,000
Listing Agent: Charles Major
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a work of art? Dreams become reality when you tour this huge, end unit luxurious townhome in the heart of Dilworth. With over 3,880 square feet of amazing – your stylish home designed by Scott Carpenter Interiors will be the talk of the town.
The wow factor starts with the statement-making Poul Henningsen Artichoke pendant light in the dining area – and that’s just the beginning! Architecture and art come together with a suspended staircase that spirals an impressive three levels, bright and welcoming entrance foyer, hardwood floors, exotic stone surfaces, intricate tile designs and large terrace overlooking a tree lined street in one of Charlotte’s most popular neighborhoods.  
The deep blue art gallery wall on the main level will stop you in your tracks and offers a unique opportunity to display treasures, collectables and memories, and fuse them into your personal style in a meaningful way.
You will fall for the sleek colored cabinets that highlight the clean look and feel of the beautiful and fully equipped kitchen that boasts a gas cooktop, built-in subzero refrigerator with glass door, double WiFi-connect ovens and GE Profile appliances. 
There’s plenty of space to spread out and enjoy all the beauty this home has to offer with four bedrooms, four and half baths and three car garage. Each bathroom is a true masterpiece and will have your guests talking! 
The entertainment spaces are equally ready to impress with an airy and open great room, dining area and linear gas fireplace. No detail has been overlooked – right down to the modern ceiling fans!
This townhome is big on outside space! Grab your drink and head to the over sized patio with travertine tile, built-in stainless grill, huge open gas fireplace and fountain. The iron side gate offers easy access for guests to enter from Dilworth Road. Set the mood for any gathering with surround sound installed by Custom House Technology. 
The special touches and pampering continue in the master bedroom with barrel ceiling and french doors that lead to a balcony with a view of Uptown. You’ll appreciate the dual mirrors and sinks, onyx countertops, steam shower, undercounter outlets and pendant lighting by Ralph Lauren! Custom built-in cabinetry in the master closet means having all the space you need for things you love. 
Don’t miss the opportunity to live your best life surrounded by beauty and inspiration. Be delighted by this impressive townhome in one of the Queen City’s best addresses. 

Take a 3D Tour of this home here:

Monday, September 16, 2019

One of Charlotte’s most stunning midcentury modern homes is for sale

UPDATE: This modern home is still for sale! List Price: $699,000

Potential! That’s what Emily and Hunt saw when they first opened the doors to 5322 Finsbury Place in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood. “At that time, the house was 100% carpeted, the kitchen needed a total overhaul and the curb appeal was lacking,” says the couple. “But we saw the high ceilings, wood beams, the Malm fireplace and started to get excited.”

Living their design dream
Emily and Hunt are midcentury modern enthusiasts and were looking for a place to live their design dream.

Timing was everything when the 3,171-square foot ranch on Finsbury went up for sale just as a buyer expressed interest in their home. They jumped at the chance to stay in Sherwood Forest, where they had lived since 2000, and got excited about restoring the home to MCM perfection. “We love the simple genius of the architecture, the clean lines, the high ceilings and open floor plans. We both knew we wanted to live in one of these special homes one day,” they add.

With loving care, stylish touches and modern updates, the home was transformed into a true MCM masterpiece with glossy white kitchen, sustainable bamboo flors, floor to ceiling windows and an amazing outdoor space in the private backyard.

Their hard work earned them an invitation to participate in the 2017 Mad About Modern home tour, and the home was appropriately labeled the Fun House. “That is how everyone describes our house, and how we feel about it too.”
Ready to live your MCM dream?

Now 5322 Finsbury Place is ready for its next homeowners to live their MCM dream. The four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath house is being listed by the king and queen of mid-century modern real estate in Charlotte — Mike and Rhonda Gibbons of Savvy + Co. Real Estate.

They’ve been helping Charlotte’s contemporary and midcentury modern enthusiasts buy and sell homes for years! “The coolest thing about this ranch is, from the street, you’d never know there are vaulted ceilings everywhere. In the den, the kitchen, the master bedroom and the extra large playroom — big enough for ping-pong and a wide screen TV,” says Mike.

Go mad Thursday, Sept. 19
What would a midcentury modern home be with a little fun? Tour this amazing home, and find out if the MCM lifestyle is for you, at the Preview Party + Soiree on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. Visit to sign up to receive your invite.
“We truly hope the new owners will have fun in Sherwood Forest and our house as much as we have.” says Emily and Hunt.

And, if you can’t get enough MCM (and really, who can?), mark your calendar for Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the 2019 Mad About Modern Tour.
Have questions about this stunning home or where to find another MCM home in the area? Contact Mike and Rhonda Gibbons today. They are both mad for modern and ready to find your next fab, totally rad pad!

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

One of CLT’s most unique MCM homes is on the market


That is a common reaction from people who have been inside this jaw-dropping mid-century modern home in south Charlotte.
It’s hard to imagine that this straight-from-the-movie-set property was, at one time, rundown and in need of considerable renovations, if not a complete teardown. But that’s how it began, say the homeowners. Once purchased, the couple decided to renovate the home and bring out its true potential.

They enlisted the help of a general contractor who specializes in the restoration of modern and mid-century homes. It took a year to complete, and the results are nothing short of spectacular.
Lucky for potential buyers, the couple decided to move to Uptown for a more urban lifestyle. They turned to Rhonda + Mike Gibbons with  Savvy + Co. Real Estate to sell the home and are ready to work with buyers who want the chance to live in one of the Queen City’s most unique homes!

“What I love best about this home is as soon as you walk in the door you feel good,” Mike Gibbons, listing agent of the property, said. “The warm wood, calming simplicity of design, easy transition from room to room and the expansive floor to ceiling windows make you feel as if you are one with nature and more importantly one with the home.”
The yearlong renovation included the addition of a two-car carport and concrete driveway that parks 15 cars, extensive privacy landscaping and a Japanese Zen style garden. Inside, the Hans Krug kitchen includes two large kitchen islands, a wine fridge that stores 120 bottles, hardwood floors, custom-built closets, smart home engineering and the list goes on and on.
With renovations complete, the home stacks some serious star power! It has been featured in local, national and international publications and used for commercial photo shoots.

Additionally, it won a 2015 mention in Kitchen & Bath Business, was highlighted in Atomic Ranch Magazine and named the featured home in the 2015 Mad About Modern Home tour. Not impressed? This house has a nine foot shower — what?
The outside of this 1.2 acre home on a corner lot is equally dreamy. There’s an extra large covered porch with a party pool. Why do you need a party pool? With deepest point at only six feet, guests can gently wade into the water without spilling their drink. Genius! The amenities continue with two waterfall features, a fireplace, fire pit and four maintenance-free grass strips with hardscaping.

“This home will make you smile,” Gibbons said. “Whether you’re a fan of modern architecture, love simple elegant design or just like to feel truly at peace in your surroundings you will love this home.”
Mid-century modern homes are alive and well in Charlotte, and the team at Savvy + Co. Real Estate knows what defines MCM and where to find these gems. Want to see this home and find your WOW? Give them a call.

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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