True mid-century moderns are rare in Charlotte, NC. There are a hand full, here and there, but there are really not a lot. Especially if you want to be near town, and if you have a "budget". So when buyers say they want a true MCM - I tell them they better be ready to pull the trigger when they see one. Buyers: Pull that Trigger!
One of Charlotte's fine examples of a true custom built MCM architecture just hit the market. 5601 Riviere, is located in the Forest Heights neighborhood... also known as Sherwood Forest. This home was built designed by local architect Alan Ingram in 1960 for Norman and Paula Musler. They lived in the home until 2003 when it was purchased by Debra and Wesley Moore. (Translation: This two owner home...hasn't been mucked with.)
5601 Riviere is a fantastic example of mid-century modern style. From the moment you pull around the bend and see it's low slung lines against the landscape you can feel it pull you in. The entrance has open rafters that frame the double doors and slate entry patio.
Inside the vaulted ceilings draw you in to the "fab" style. Walking around the glass topped partition wall you are wowed by a large living room with floor to ceiling windows, the long bench original iron work railing up elevated formal dining level. The current owners opened the kitchen up to this space when they remodeled. New flat paneled cabinets have been added to the kitchen but the owners kept the original layout. Outside the cooking triangle there is a row of cabinets for all your entertaining wares. Plus the original dumb waiter to get those pots of fondue down to the game room!
There are four bedrooms and three baths on the main level. The master has dual closets and the master bath was updated with new cabinets and countertops but the original tile, mirror and medicine cabinets were left. (because they are so cool).
Between the two largest bedrooms there is a Jack and Jill bath. This was totally remodeled with contemporary fixtures and tile in keeping with the MCM style.
There are four bedrooms and three baths on the main level. The master has three closets and the master bath was updated with new cabinets and countertops but the original tile, mirror and medicine cabinets were left. (because they are so cool).
Between the two largest bedrooms there is a Jack and Jill bath. This was totally remodeled with contemporary fixtures in keeping with the MCM style.
My favorite feature might be this staircase. The solid wood treads float on straight iron work. They reach from the kitchen level down to the family room. They just don't make staircases like that any more. The downstairs family or game room is cozy. One wall has the original built in bookshelves along with an electric fireplace. (So 60's!) Large sliding glass doors lead out to the terrace and large wooded lot.
The current owners did a lot of "behind the walls" renovating. They removed the original tar and gravel roof that had start to give up the fight. Then had insulation and new sheathing installed. This was a great improvement to the utility bills. They also put in an on demand water heater and new high efficiency HVAC system.
If you are looking for a true original Mid-Century Modern home in Charlotte NC with just the right amount of updating - this may be the one you want to move fast for. Contact Savvy + Co. for a showing: 704-560-4604.
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