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August 26, 2018

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Lustron in Sidney, Nebraska

By RetroRuth

Thanks to reader Katy who tagged me in this excellent post on Facebook! It’s a Lustron! For sale! I know that’s a lot of exclamation points, but in my defense I love Lustrons.


This home is located at 1145 22nd Avenue, Sidney, Nebraska. I’m not sure if it’s still for sale or not. It actually went off the market at the end of June, but some sites still have it listed as for sale. But I know we are all looky-loos, so I thought I would post this anyway. In any case, this home has three bedrooms and one bathroom and is approximately 1200 square feet. You can see the listing on Zillow here.


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Living Room


Dining Area





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Man, I love Lustrons. Before we bought our time capsule, I had never had metal cabinets or built-ins. Now, I can’t get enough metal cabinets. And I love the fact that allllll the walls in these are metal, too.

What do you think? Too much metal? Or just right?


This post is sponsored by Real Estate Broker Adrian Kinney, Denver’s Mid-Century Modern Expert! If you want to learn more about the mid-mod scene in Denver, you can visit Adrian’s site here. Thank you, Adrian!

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13 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Lustron in Sidney, Nebraska

  1. Cheryl Reply

    August 26, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Ugly! Is this a house trailer?

  2. Julie Reply

    August 26, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Love Lustron houses! Replace the flooring and get rid of that “sing dance love” thing and I could move right in. 🙂

  3. Dan Reply

    August 26, 2018 at 10:32 am

    It takes a certain mindset to live in a Lustron. They are not maintenance free – you have to watch for rusting on the exterior – and they are not very energy efficient. (Granted, few homes of that era were). And you have to love the house as it is – no knocking out walls here.
    I could see one as a guest house or vacation house, but don’t think I’d enjoy one as my full time home.

  4. BobinAlabama Reply

    August 26, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Can you say, “shiny”?

  5. Jean Salomone Reply

    August 26, 2018 at 10:43 am

    We drive past one of these Lustron homes frequently in Syracuse New York into the DeWitt suburb. I have always wondered what it would look like inside, in its original condition. Thanks for letting me know!

  6. The Atomic Mom Reply

    August 26, 2018 at 11:20 am

    We have 5 Lustrons here in Los Alamos, NM. They are not in very good shape however. I do love them though. Such an interesting part of American housing history.

  7. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    August 27, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I’d live in that in a heartbeat!

  8. libbyontheprairie Reply

    August 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    AMAZING! The history museum in Columbus Ohio had an exhibit all about a Lustron house and you got to go through the house and touch everything! It was set up just as a 1950’s Lustron would have been! It was incredible! What a gem! Take out the carpet and take off that awful decal from the living room wall and enjoy!

  9. Jennifer Ranta Reply

    August 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    My Mom grew up in this very house! She, her brother and my grandparents moved into this house when it was brand new, in approximately 1949. I spent many many childhood days in this house and indeed into my early thirties! Grandma lived here until she was nearly 90; for more than fifty years, when she moved to Wyoming. I’m sorry to see that one of the huge elm trees in the front yard is gone. LOVE it or LEAVE it, there’s really nothing like it. I LOVED IT! It always felt special! The first of the bedroom photos was my Mom’s room. You would have LOVED some of the amazing mid-mod furniture my grandma had! Wish I still had some of it! Would you like a photo or two from back in the day?!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      August 31, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      That is so cool, Jennifer! We would absolutely love to see photos. You can send them to me at ruth@nopatternrequired.com or through our Facebook page. Thank you!

      • Jennifer Ranta Reply

        September 1, 2018 at 11:42 pm

        I will do that! I love your website!

    • RUSSEL D. BLOME Reply

      October 14, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      I know that house! One of my all-time favorites. The original occupants were my aunt and uncle, and, of course, my cousins. The elms came from our ranch near Bridgeport.

  10. Alex Reply

    August 30, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I wasn’t familiar with Lustron but it turns out I had seen them somewhere… Anybody play Fallout 4? They used these for Sanctuary. Pretty neat to see an actual “before” version!

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