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January 13, 2019

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Bay City, Michigan

By RetroRuth


This house is located at 2323 Nurmi Drive, Bay City, Michigan. It has four bedrooms and five bathrooms and is approximately 5500 square feet. It was built in 1956 and the asking price in $600,000. This home is being listed by Travis Fader from Modern Realty (Yay!) and you can see the listing on Zillow here. (And check out the awesome video walkthrough here!) From the listing:

MID-MOD ON NURMI! Custom built in 1956, the William Defoe house is a shining example of Mid Century Modern architecture. Designed by architect Glenn Beach, this 5451 sqft, 4 bed, 5 bath home features clean geometric lines, multiple floor levels, an emphasis on function and livability and extensive use of natural materials. Beach also employed entire walls of glass visually blurring the distinction between indoors and out. The living room, formal dining area and sun room make wonderful places to entertain while overlooking the sunken deck and beautiful back yard area. A kitchen forms the hub of the main level being centered between the cozy family room and formal dining area. The bedroom wing features a study, laundry room, master suite, two bedrooms, and full bath. In the lower level is found a large rec. room, bedroom, and two baths. The location, original owners, and MCM style make this home a significant part of Bay City’s history.


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Living Room

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Dining Room




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Family Room



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Lower Level


So, what do you think? I am in love with all the windows in this one. If you restore the bathrooms and the kitchen, it would be a totally gorgeous mid-century space. I could totally be happy here.


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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5 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Bay City, Michigan

  1. Dan Reply

    January 13, 2019 at 8:43 am

    An absolutely stunning and, with the flat roof and extensive glass, I would think an impractical house for snowy Michigan. The FLW influence is obvious, including the mitered glass window corners, a technique first used on Fallingwater.

  2. dkzody Reply

    January 13, 2019 at 11:44 am

    the house is swoon-worthy, but I would want it in a warmer climate. The kitchen does nothing for me, but the public rooms are ready for entertaining in a high style.

  3. Jean Salomone Reply

    January 13, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Wow! The entrance way feels like the mid century entrance of the Family Affair apartment, but the knob is not in the middle of the door. Love the swanky aesthetic of mid century!

  4. BobinAlabama Reply

    January 14, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Wow! This home has been remarkably cared for. I wouldn’t change a thing (except maybe those period-inappropriate countertops in the kitchen).

  5. Steve Reply

    January 15, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Ruth, you always find the most stunning MCM’s to be found in Michigan! In the listing I was pleased to find the baths in their nearly original state, with apparently intact vanities- a great bonus, since the cabinetry in this home is extraordinary (except perhaps for that kitchen). I tend to believe all of the mirrored built in wardrobes were once wood-faced, since that looks more 1986 than 1956 to me. That,plus some of the tile updates in kitchen and baths, would be all I would need to change in this MCM treasure.

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