At first glance this might be mistaken for the project of a mid century-mad renovator — the details are just that precise. There’s poodle wallpaper in a pink-tiled bathroom, a knotty pine covered rumpus room complete with a built-in bar and a dining room adorned with a scenic wallpaper.
The time capsule on the market on 18 Coolidge Road is located in Amsterdam, N.Y. While the name of the Montgomery County town might evoke visions of stepped gables and canals, this residence is distinctly of the 20th century.
According to the listing, the house dates to 1955, which tracks stylistically and corresponds to a Sanborn map that shows the lot vacant until at least 1950. The original owners, who ran the locally popular Joe’s Market for over 60 years, pop up in the city directory at the address by at least 1957.
The house is still owned by the same family, perhaps explaining why so many of the original design touches survive. This includes the exterior that incorporates, if the listing is to be believed, marble sent over from Italy. The house is vaguely Mediterranean in style, faced with the pink-tinged stone and topped with a green tile roof, with the added expected style elements of the era, including picture windows and a prominently placed garage. There’s a central entrance complete with original iron railings and a deer-adorned storm door.
Inside is the real treat for those who love the era. The house was clearly well cared for, so while a few condition issues can be glimpsed they appear relatively minor compared to the intact vintage charm. It starts with the living room, which has a stone fireplace to match the exterior with built-in bookshelves and scalloped trim on either side. The wall-to-wall carpet could use a tightening, or perhaps removal with hope for a wood floor underneath.
The dining room beyond has a pink-tinged Colonial Revival inspired scenic wallpaper, properly placed above the dado, or chair rail, to prevent furniture from scarring the paper.
The kitchen looks straight out of modern kitchen design books and pamphlets of the time like “Sparkling Kitchens for Modern Homemakers” of 1954. There are acres of wood cabinets, a ceramic sink with corner knick-knack shelves above, more scalloped trim and a linoleum floor that looks similar to a number of popular Armstrong styles of the era.
There are four bedrooms, three on the main level and one upstairs. In what looks like the largest of the bedrooms there’s damask wallpaper and a leafy carpet. Amsterdam was home to Mohawk Carpet Mills from the 1870s until the 1960s, so the owners would have had some locally made options.
Three of the four baths are shown and each one is packed with detail in a different color. There’s a blue tiled bath with fixtures and accessories to match, one in pink tile with poodle-themed wallpaper and another of gray tile with walls adorned with seahorses and mermaids.
Downstairs is the amazing paneled family play area with a brick fireplace and full kitchen with ceramic sink and snazzy red countertops. The red continues in the built-in bar which also has a stainless steel sink, display shelves and plenty of cabinets to store all sorts of drink-mixing paraphernalia. The floors are even ornamented with cocktails to really enforce the theme. Those floors will need some attention as it looks like a significant number of tiles are missing.
There’s plenty of yard space, front and back, with shrubbery, a patio, and stone walls and paths.
The house is listed with Jamie Sittner of Oxford Property Group USA for $199,900.
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