10 MID-CENTURY MODERN HOMES IN CLEVELAND YOU CAN BUY RIGHT NOW
If you keep up with architecture related news in the Great Lakes region, you might have heard that Ohio-born architect Robert Metcalf’s longtime home hit the market in Ann Arbor, Michigan this month for $749,900. The three bedroom, two bath split-level not only features the open floor plan, large windows, and flat lines typical of mid-century modern homes, but also exemplifies Metcalf’s insistence on incorporating the highest quality materials and functional designs.
However, you don’t have to leave Cleveland to find a perfect mid-century modern home; Metcalf and other prominent architects designed similar homes throughout the Midwest and other states in the 1950s and ‘60s. Before you commit to trading one Great Lake for another in pursuit of retro living and angular flair, check out 10 mid-century modern homes you can buy right now, all under Cleveland’s own Lake Erie’s coast.
WHAT YOU’LL LOVE ABOUT A MID-CENTURY MODERN HOME
While modern architecture gained popularity in the 1950s, the style retains its appeal to this day as it prioritizes simplicity, nature, and flexibility. Moving away from purely decorative features in favor of simpler forms, modern designs incorporate sleek lines and visible structure system. You’ll love the clean look of these geometrical frames and functional designs that add visual interest without clutter.
Modern homes tend to complement their natural setting rather than fight against it, often by incorporating unconventional level design—split level homes are quite common, as are lofted areas and walk out basements—which allow a home to take advantage of sloped land without leveling the plot. In addition to unique floor plans, modern designs feature large, often floor-to-ceiling or full wall windows, which welcome the exterior landscape into the interior living space, not to mention natural light.
Mid-century modern also homes regularly include open floor plans, allowing a more inviting, integrated living space as well as increased design flexibility as you can choose how to inhabit your home.
From an immaculately updated Hunting Valley home with everything needed to entertain to a modest fixer-upper with promising potential, you might just fall in love with a modern home in Northeast Ohio
Surrounded by manicured gardens on an expansive five acres, this contemporary Daisy Hill home makes it exciting to entertain. Upon entry, the slate floored-foyer steps down into an expansive family room featuring exposed brick columns and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the back patios and gardens. Above, the vaulted ceiling features cutout windows and points to a second-story catwalk that leads to three bedrooms, each with an attached full bath.
The first floor master suite features bamboo floors, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and corner wall-to-ceiling windows that lead out to a peaceful private patio, not to mention the fully mirrored private dressing room. Additionally, a sophisticated dining room, spacious kitchen, and lower level media room with a fireplace and an attached kitchen make this sophisticated Hunting Valley home perfect for parties of all sizes.
Designed by Cleveland’s own Ernst Payer, this Shaker home was built with, not on, the 1.5 acre grounds, with open spaces within and large windows throughout this 1958 construction. The marble-floored foyer steps down into the living room featuring a fireplace, intricate paneling and a wall of windows with a view of the backyard.
The eat-in kitchen has been fully updated with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and the banquet-sized dining room leads into a comfortable family room. You’ll find four bedrooms up either of two staircases, including a master suite with an attached terrace and spa bath. The grounds include a private, spacious patio and a separate greenhouse, so you can enjoy nature all year round.
Built in 1954 and designed by E. Keith Haag, this Summit County ranch style home sits on over nine acres bordering Blossom Music Center. The open dining room and living rooms feature a brick accent wall, plus a glass wall with a sliding door that goes out to the scenic grounds, just one of many smooth transitions from inside to outside.
In the back family room, geometric cutout windows top a brick accent wall around the prominent sandstone hearth fireplace, illuminating the wall-to-wall built-in storage and a wall of glass that leads into the porch. The master bedroom suite also features a wall of built-in storage, a luxurious bath, walk-in closets and a glass wall overlooking the courtyard.
As the sculpted exterior courtyards and screened-in porch maintain the coherence of the interior design, the transition from interior to exterior feels completely seamless in this artful home, a perfect mix of functional design and serene scenery.
The striking framework of this Pepper Pike split level attests to its original 1959 construction, and the original spirit has been preserved after being tastefully expanded to nearly 4,000 square feet.
Exposed beams reinforce the scale of the vaulted-ceiling living room, which is further complemented by the floor-to-ceiling brick hearth, and meticulously maintained plank hardwood floors.
The walkout lower level includes a family room, workshop and a window-lined studio or playroom, which looks out over the elevated deck, brick patio, and the private backyard, just part of the 1.25 acre lot.
Designed by local legend Jack Bialosky and built in 1956, this Shaker Boulevard four bedroom still features 4,000 square feet of living space and many of the original architectural details, like the sleek, slate-floored foyer, open plan living room, dining room and kitchen, exposed brick, built-in shelves, and geometric wrought iron detailing throughout. The vaulted ceiling over the living area frames an expansive wall over windows looking out over the in-ground pool and backyard that leads down to the Shaker Heights Country Club.
This four bedroom contemporary ranch style home features an open floor plan dining room and step-down living room with exposed brick, a vaulted ceiling, and a wall of windows that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding forest. The eat-in kitchen also allows views of nature, and the main-floor master suite has an attached balcony. Finally, the finished basement provides a recreation room, a family room with a stone hearth fireplace and direct access to the large, private patio.
A four bedroom Bungalow with a rare floor plan, this contemporary Beachwood home includes a large parquet floored foyer and a unique lofted living room with a stone fireplace. These striking features are magnified by a mirrored accent wall and vaulted ceilings with skylights and contrasting exposed beams. Including two first and two second floor bedrooms, a first floor sunroom, and charming intricacies throughout, this is truly a one-of-a-kind home.
Tucked between a golf course and a nature, this contemporary split-level was originally built in 1956 and has since been extended to over 3,000 square feet. Don’t let its wooded exterior fool you, this three bedroom, five bath home features the key characteristics of modern residential architecture: a mix of differently elevated living spaces, flat lines, and, of course, large, prominent windows that frame the wooded surroundings as the centerpiece in each room.
With its three fireplaces, ample deck and patio space, and the scenic view of the wooded lot and nature preserve, this rustic home has the atmosphere of a peaceful retreat while still providing convenient access to downtown Oberlin and the college campus.
This 1957 ranch style home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac on a desirable street near the metro parks, a perfect location for a family. Listed for sale as-is, this three bedroom could be a great opportunity to revitalize the retro features and add in some more contemporary conveniences. With a vaulted-ceiling living room, a decorative fireplace between the kitchen and living room, and a huge wall of windows overlooking the back deck, this home has an open floor plan perfect for cultivating an integrated interior design.
Surrounded by sculpted grounds and located just one block from popular Coventry attractions, this three bedroom townhouse includes the open concept floor plan, floor to ceiling windows, and functional design elements that epitomize mid-century modern style. You’ll find well-maintained materials throughout, like the original tile floors, exposed brick accent walls and fireplace, and vaulted cedar ceilings. Plus, this home includes access to Mornington Lane amenities such as a heated pool and a club house.