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Old 11-07-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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Hi everyone! What I really desire is a city like Chicago, but not Chicago !! I am a native Chicagoan, lover of architecture, history and good Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives type food. I now live in suburban Atlanta, prior to Atlanta lived in Arizona.

I never knew how much I would miss running to a nearby food place to grab a bite of GOOD food; the casual ease of deciding with my hubby which breakfast place to go to, and I don't mean an I-Hop; SIDEWALKS, with people actually using them; access to public transit, though I drive; and thinking a "long drive" is 20 miles!!!

Chicago is such a beautiful city, full of nooks and crannies to explore, bustling. BUT there is a very rough underbelly which is well known: the crime, the segregation, the weather, the horrible schools - so I need a Chicago substitute.

Prefer mild 4 seasons climate, though I know that Houston, and the Palm Springs desert area have lots of MCM neighborhoods. Can be near-in suburbs with a pattern of overall safety and strong sense of community, which typically translates to good schools.

I guess by the very nature of a MCM home, the area will most likely be walkable due to the time period. I've looked in cities that had their heydays of building in the 50's, but need zipcode or neighborhood name recommendations.

Thanks
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:49 PM
 
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Palm Springs, CA has the best-preserved mid-century architecture in the country.

For a larger city, try Los Angeles.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Palm Springs, CA has the best-preserved mid-century architecture in the country.

For a larger city, try Los Angeles.
When I think of mid-century modern, these are the first cities that come to mind. The Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim Hills is the quintessential neighborhood for them. Isn't that where the Brady Bunch house is?
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Forget asking people's opinions. I bet city data has info on which cities grew the fastest between 1950 and 1970, and those cities ought to have the most homes from that era. Simple.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:30 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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The older Philadelphia suburbs have a ton of MCM. Do you like split levels?
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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The older Philadelphia suburbs have a ton of MCM. Do you like split levels?
I was thinking of Philly, Baltimore or maybe a place like Richmond. If the weather aspect was relaxed, there are probably quite a few Midwestern and interior Northeastern areas that would fit.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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I also think Phoenix, Arizona when I think of midcentury modern homes.- The ones that I have seen in the Phoenix, Scottsdale area are gorgeous.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:55 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. Bryson: Yes I like split levels!!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I was thinking of Philly, Baltimore or maybe a place like Richmond. If the weather aspect was relaxed, there are probably quite a few Midwestern and interior Northeastern areas that would fit.
From what I have seen, Washington, Baltimore and particularly Richmond tended more to colonial in that era although of course there is some MCM in each city. I forgot about Long Island, they have a lot in Nassau County but the cost of housing, like the cost of living is sky high there.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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When I think of mid-century modern, these are the first cities that come to mind. The Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim Hills is the quintessential neighborhood for them. Isn't that where the Brady Bunch house is?
The BB house is in the San Fernando Valley. That region of L.A. has tons of residences with a similar style:

http://laist.com/attachments/la_zach/zrowhouses.jpg
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