LET CRAIG WAKEFIELD HELP YOU SELL OR PURCHASE
A MODERN HOME
Thank you to all of you watching this site and choosing to work with me this year. I very much appreciate the continuing referrals so many of you send my way.
I am thankful to receive your vote of confidence in the Philadelphia Magazine survey of home buyers and industry experts placing me among the very highest scoring agents in customer satisfaction in the Philadelphia region multiple times over the past years.
Marketing and selling modern architecturally significant homes is a highly specialized area of real estate. My main objective is to help those who see the value in architecture. This website gets thousands of hits a month from people seeking unique modern and mid-century modern homes. I work primarily in the five counties based around Philadelphia, but I have set up a network of other modern specialists throughout the country. Please also feel free to contact Craig if your are outside the Philadelphia region so that I can connect you with the modern specialist in your area.
Currently there is a number of significant mid-century and modern properties on the market, including some by well known architects who designed homes in the area. Two of Louis Kahn's award winning homes are available. There is a fantastic Montgomery and Bishop home close to center city on 3 acres. An incredible renovated steel frame home by Frank Weise among many others listed below. I have researched the modern and mid-century homes available in center city Philadelphia and the surrounding counties and would be glad to work with you to help you purchase a great modern home. Please call Craig Wakefield at 267-973-9567
for listing details on my current listings and pending transactions below
PAUL J. MOSER RESIDENCE
This classic modern home designed and built by Paul J. Moser, with design assistance from Louis Kahn, is for sale in a top Montgomery County school district. Paul Moser was a student of Nakashima and did much of the woodwork in the region's homes designed by Louis Kahn, including the Weiss, Genel, Esherick and Fisher houses. The original custom woodwork remains in the Moser Resididence as seen in the photos below. Please call for more details. FOR SALE Displayed below are some selected homes for sale in the region that are currently listed with other realtors. I would be happy to represent you as your Buyer's Agent in the purchase of one of these properties or any other that meets your needs. Please call Craig for more information 267-973-9567 or email me at email@example.com.
The 1954 Peter Dechert house by Kenneth Day on 2.25 acres in a top school district. LISTING IN CHESTNUT HILL
Impressive designer owned contemporary home in the perfect Chestnut Hill location! This tastefully renovated home is a rare find with spacious one level living offering 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Within walking distance to Chestnut Hill schools, Philadelphia Cricket Club, shops, restaurants, St Martins train station and Fairmount Park. What makes this home special is that it integrates design with functionality, tailored just the right way to become your move in ready home.
PhillyMag.com information for the March 2014 listing of the Pitcairn home designed by Richard Neutra. Sited on 10 acres in Bucks county, the asking price is 6 million.Pitcairn Neutra
listing information from Phillymag.com
LOUIS KAHN HOME The Roche Residence: PENDING
Situated down a private lane set back from the road, this special and spacious 3,378 sq.ft. one-story home with in-ground pool on 3.61 acres designed by world renowned architect LOUIS KAHN is filled with sunshine and striking special features and is set within a private preserve surrounded by continually blooming specimen plants and trees, with a walking trail, hidden grotto and Japanese garden, all perfect for peaceful private reflection or family pleasure. A flagstone walkway leads to the front entrance, which opens to the spacious Living Room with vaulted ceiling, angled wall, custom bookshelves and a full wall of windows providing views of the exciting exterior. A flagstone terrace wrapping around the rear of the house, accessed from the Living and Dining Rooms, overlooks the breathtaking grounds and fenced pool. Easy access to center city.
This breathtaking home designed by Michael Ryan is Rented. The 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home has wonderful minimal details and light filled spaces. It is less than 10 minutes into center city on a beautiful quite block. Please call Craig for details
THE LOUIS KAHN OSER RESIDENCE Sold June 2014
This very significant home was desiged between 1940-1942 by Louis Kahn
for the Oser family. Built to maximize space and light the home has a
very open floor plan. The home was built with local stone and Caifornia
Red Cedar and has large windows with southwest exposure. Kahn designed
many architectural features including the sideboard in the dining room
also the desk and bookcases in the living room. There is a fireplace
surrounded with Mercer tile, new eat in kitchen, original slate window
sills. This is a very rare opportunity to purchase a home of this
architectural importance. it has privacy on the .38 acre lot with a
stream passing in front. The 2452 sq ft home also has and in ground
pool, central air, and a 2 car garage. A significant amount of
information written about this home can be found on the internet.
Please call Craig267-973-9567 for more information or to see this
important modern home. NEW MODERN LISTING IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES WITH HISTORIC DETAILING 365,000
1303 N 4th NOW PENDING!
mix of the convenience and design of new construction combined with
charm and architectural details of a 100 year old residence. The 20
foot extra wide home has large light filled rooms and was redesigned
with a front to back floor open plan. Architectural details such as the
leaded glass doors and inlayed floors were salvaged and restored during
the 2009 full gut renovation of this home. The large, open kitchen has
easy access to a full sized pantry, washer dryer room and renovated
bath. The careful redesign of this home also incorporates 2 full baths
on the 2nd floor including a extra large master bath with double vanity
sinks, restored pre war claw foot soaking tub and large glass shower.
The very generous master has ample large closets with elfa systems.
Sunny second and third bedrooms have walk in closets. There is a sunny
patio off the kitchen. Parking is easy on the street, and with the
home's wonderful location it is an easy walk to SuperFresh, the Piazza,
yoga/pilates studios, gyms, a dog park, public transportation, coffee
shops, great restaurants, and boutique shops. This home really is the
best of new and old and located to enjoy all the neighborhood has to
Sold May 2014
opportunity to purchase an architecturally significant mid-century
modern home in the Philadelphia area in restored condition. This home
designed by Frank Weise in 1951 is an early steel frame home. The steel
support gives the home the appearance of a floating second floor
resting gently upon the glass corners of the lower floor. Frank Weise,
a student of Walter Gropius at Harvard, designed the most unique,
cutting edge, mid-century modern homes in the Philadelphia area. This
home was built for Frank's brother Bernard, and is considered his
finest. The home has an open floor plan with a surround of glass walls
and delicate support structure further enlarging the feel of the
spacious rooms. The structure and all systems of the home have recently
been carefully restored to their former glory, preserving all original
details! The 1960's kitchen by the NYC firm St. Charles Kitchens is a
highlight (this firm was used by leading modern architects such as
Philip Johnson in the Glass House). Ideal serene LOCATION, close to
major roads and train for easy commute to Phila or NYC.
FEB 2014 The Esherick Residence by Louis Kahn 1960. I am very pleased
to have helped to find a fantastic steward for this important home. Dec 2013 SOLD This home designed by Kjell Ingebrigtsen in 1959 is in a top school district, 20 minutes from center city. It is on 3 acres and still has all original details in place.
Off market for winter, Please call Craig for details.
This 1958 home by Paul Rudolph is Sold 2014
Below are sample designs by architect Joel Turkel currently being built in the region
Please call Craig for more details, and options available
Great design in Northern Liberties
Please contact Craig for modern listings in Center City Philadelphia. I have included some exceptional recent modern sales.
Everything below this point has been SOLD or is PENDING.
New to the market September 2013 SOLD
Sold September 2013 This is a classic
mid-century home from 1954, with extensive windows in every. Original wood screens exist along entry hall. The
central fire pit in the living room is also original to the 1954 home.
1956 Coveney by Richard Neutra Sold August 2013 Sold
The 1956 Dudley Spencer House by Frank Lloyd Wright "Laurel" on over 6 acres
Moderne dating form 1931 is sold
new modern renovation designed by Adam Montalbano of MOTO Design,
within 3 historic home fronts. This home is the best of all worlds,
fabulous modern green construction with open floor plan, historic
Philadelphia facade, walkable center city location, modern finishes to
a level rarely seen, rooftop terrace, and a huge attached 2 car
garage! The light-filled wide open floor plan is incredible.
Additional filtered light is brought in though large skylights. The
kitchen and 2.5 baths are state of the art and have striking minimalist
aesthetics. The home has 2 full bedroom suites, a library, and an
additional office. It is perfectly located on the corner of Latimer and
Hutchinson in Washington west's charming, quiet, cobble stoned
neighborhood and is an easy walk to all that center city has to offer.
The garage is one of the largest to be found in center city with room
for 2 cars and extra storage/work space. The interior of the home is
all new construction with all new systems and new roofing. The home
even has radiant heat flooring in the master bath.
Green features, PEX plumbing, closed cell spray insulation, 2 zone HVAC, new windows. Ask about the very low utility bills. SOLD sold 6/2013 Sold 5/2013
The 1958 D'Onofrio Residence www.Mid-CenturyModernPhiladelphia.com
As described by Arthur Tofani in his presentation to the D'Onofrio's
in 1958 " powerful, curving walls of local stone, deeply rooted to the
earth, carrying a wing like roof whose form, the result of long study
of developed forces, permits support at almost any point. Under this
crisply graceful shelter, spaces could be disposed freely. Gone is the
constricting formality of the recent past. Space becomes more an
exciting entity that is allowed to exist purely for the pleasure of
The incredible curving roof of this home is a true one of a kind.
It draws your eye out in every direction and it truly feels as if is
just floating above. The design and fine craftsmanship have resulted in
a very low maintenance roof for the current owners to a level rarely
seen in homes of this period. Light was a careful consideration in
design with morning southeastern light for the bedrooms. All major
rooms of the home have full southern exposure. The setting southwestern
sun can be seen from the living and dining room area.
sold 6/2013Sold 2013
Bucks County designed by Thaddeus Longstreth sold
classic Frank Weise www.1709meadowbrook.com/
2950 sq ft
For more information on Frank Weise
The Sheppard Residence by Frank Weise http://www.philadelphiamid-century.com/
2374 sq ft
Sheppard Residence designed by Frank Weise in 1950 is one of the finest
examples if mid-century modern architecture. When in this home there
is a feeling of floating in the trees, overlooking the 2+ acre
property. It is a similar feeling with the renowned Farnsworth house
outside of Chicago by Miese van der Rohe, and the Glass house by Philip
Johnson in New Cannan. The Sheppard Residence was completed in 1950
one year after the Glass house and one year prior to the Farnesworth.
This home by Weise is significant in the progession of great
mid-century modern architecture of the US.
The unique design makes
incredibly efficient use of the interior space, giving it the feel of a
large modern home of the period. The upstairs has the expansive living
room/ dining room, entry area, 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a bonus
space. Downstairs there is a family room, bath, office and additional
The steel frame home has many wonderful
architectural details such as the floating ceilings, corner glass,
entry area detail, and beautiful stonework. Each of the 4 bedrooms and
the main hall have incredible original built in cabinets. The home is
well situated on the 2+ acres given much privacy and a wonderful view
down to the stream.The home is on the market for the first time and has
all original details preserved, even the original colors on the kitchen
cabinets and exterior.
This home sold in the summer of 2012 on over 2 acres in a wonderful setting close to Philadelphia for 560,000.
sold May 2012
Amazing opportunity to own a stunning classic, 10 min to center city!m The Carner House by Frank Weise. Please call Craig for more Details www.carnerhouse.com
blend: Stark modern exterior and light-filled warm interior. Rare
opportunity to live in a significant early mid-century modern
property close to center city and Fairmount Park. The Carner House was
designed by Frank
Weise in 1951. His training under Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer is
evident. Weise continued to design the most unique and cutting edge
modern homes in the region. The incredible living room, featuring
soaring ceilings and glass walls on 2 sides, includes beautiful
original woodwork and a large fireplace. The home was featured on a
recent tour of significant mid-century properties of the region. The
signed Isamu Noguchi light fixtures are included. GREAT LOCATION! this
home is under 10 minutes to center city and close to transportation. The
bedroom home has been meticulously maintained. The extensive gardens
were developed over the 45 years the Carners lived in the home, with
additions by the current owner. The home has been updated with central
air, new roof, and is in excellent condition.
This home designed by George Nakashima with incredible built ins throughout SOLD
Below are more home sales that I has been involved with recently, Let me help you find a home like one of these!
This home combined an interior redesign by architect Wesley Wei
with a very traditional stone exterior
This one sold quickly in just a few weeks for 475,000
Sold Levy House 1960 by Frank Boyer, 10 min drive to center city, under 500,000
Sold in Lower Merion by George Smith
Irwin Stein 1960 in Delaware County Sold 450,000
I am also glad to work with you to find a more traditional home that can be transformed to a dramatic light filled space, that combines classic architectural details with modern interiors and furnishings. Recent buyers working with me purchased this home in the Chestnut Hill Section of Philadelphia and plan a modern renovation.
Robert McElroy's homes are known for their open plans and treetop views.www.lowermerionmodern.com/
Irwin Stein's Eisenman Residence has a strong Japanese influence.
Contact Craig Wakefield to Represent You to List, Market and Sell Your Home
Craig will market your home through traditional resources as well as through focused marketing geared toward buyers looking for mid-century and modern homes. My listings have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Modernism Magazine, Atomic Ranch Magazine and in articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer. I will photograph your home and feature it in the Philadelphia Inquirer and on this website and will further market your home through additional advertising directed toward buyers interested in modern homes. My site is linked to hundreds of sites searched by lovers of modern architecture.
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I work to connect those who want to build new modern homes with developers and land in the area. Please contact me if you would like to build a cutting-edge modern home, have land that could be developed for such a project, or are a builder wanting to be involved in such a project.
Index to MODERN HOMES PHILADELPHIA History Pages
Overview of Philadelphia Area Mid-Century Modern Residential Architecture
(below on this page) Photo overview followed by brief written overview of Philadelphia mid-century architects . Time Line
of area modern homes from 1930's to today Mid-Century Modern Homes
Architects Who Designed Mid-Century Modern Homes in the Philadelphia Region photographs of the regional homes designed by each architect are included
Mid-Century Modern Homes Grouped byLocation / County
New Jersey (near Philadelphia) Center City Philadelphia Mid-Century Modern Homes
Modern Philadelphia Residential Architecture Philadelphia LEED for Homesprojects Recent Center City Philadelphia Modern Residential Architecture Early Prefab TECH built modern homes in the area
Philadelphia Architects currently designing innovative modern homes