Mid-Century Modern

Updated January 14, 2020

Can a house be both historic and modern? If it’s Mid-Century Modern, yes. Greensboro and Guilford County have a surprising variety mid-century classics, some designed by renowned architects like Edward Lowenstein and others from plan books, some costing millions of dollars and others affordable for first-time home buyers.

The authoritative source for information on Mid-Century Modern homes in North Carolina is North Carolina Modernist Houses.

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1808 Worsham Place, Greensboro
contract pending December 7, 2020

  • $1.025 million (originally $1.175 million)
  • 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 7,225 square feet, 2.07 acres
  • Price/square foot: $142
  • Built in 1972
  • Listed April 23, 2020
  • Last sale: $13,650, May 1964
  • Neighborhood: New Irving Park
  • Note: The property includes a pool, guest house and gazebo.

117 W. Keeling Road
The Thomas Edgar Sikes Jr. House

  • $720,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 2,244 square feet, 0.44 acre
  • Price/square foot: $321
  • Built in 1958
  • Listed January 12, 2021
  • Last sale: $295,000, February 2020
  • Neighborhood: Hamilton Lakes
  • Note: Designed by Jaroslav Jan Kabatnik (1907-1995), who worked with Edward Lowenstein and later with Edward Gulledge, who built 117 W. Keeling. Born in Bohemia, he is said to have been a member of the Czech Olympic team in the 1936 Olympics. He also served with the Czech army in World War II. After the Communist coup in 1948, he went from a refugee camp to Morocco, France, Chicago and, by 1953, Greensboro.

3932 Starmount Drive
The Herman and Edyth Davidson House
contract pending November 21 to December 14, 2020
contract pending January 14, 2021

  • $639,900
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 3,560 square feet, 0.81 acre
  • Price/square foot: $180
  • Built in 1956
  • Listed November 14, 2020
  • Last sale: $565,000 May 2015
  • Neighborhood: Starmount Forest
  • Note: An unusual collaboration — the architect was modernist Edward Lowenstein; the interior designer was traditionalist Otto Zenke.
    • Herman Davidson (1904-1980) was president of the Davidson Supply Company, which sold auto accessories at 317 S. Greene Street. After he died, Edyth (1914-2006) owned the house until 2005.
509 mendenhall road jamestown

509 Mendenhall Road, Jamestown
contract pending August 4-20, 2020
contract pending September 6-16, 2020; listing expired November 13, 2020
contract pending January 6, 2021

  • $539,000
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,842 square feet, 0.83 acre
  • Price/square foot: $111
  • Built in 1959
  • Listed May 14, 2020
  • Last sale: $206,500, July 2004
  • Note: Located on High Point Lake

4926 Starmount Drive
The Walter and Alice Glynn House
contract pending December 11, 2020

  • $265,000
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,953 square feet, 0.43 acre
  • Price/square foot: $136
  • Built in 1958
  • Listed November 1, 2020
  • Last sale: $152,500, September 2004
  • Note: Not owner-occupied

2002 Whitman Road

  • $149,950 (originally $144,950)
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,221 square feet
  • Price/square foot: $123
  • Built in 1958
  • Listed November 28, 2020
  • Last sale: $96,000, November 8, 2020
  • Neighborhood: O. Henry Oaks
  • Note: The house underwent an extremely quick renovation — three weeks between being sold and being listed again.