Midcentury Modern, Timeless Cool

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On this last weekend of summer, we thought we'd keep things cool. And not much is cooler than the classic homes of the mid-20th Century.

Midcentury Moderns have it all: great bones, lots of light, innovative materials and a connection between inside and out that can make them feel much larger than their actual square footage. Then there's that unmistakable Sixties vibe that never goes out of style (just ask Banana Republic and NBC). Click through the gallery to see midcentury properties from across the country. And remember to stay cool this Labor Day Weekend.

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Midcentury Modern, Timeless Cool

Nothing says cool and breezy like a midcentury modern with a pool. As fans of the wildly popular “Mad Men” TV series can attest, there’s something singularly chic about 1960s Americana -- not least of all the architecture. So fret not, hipsters -- while Don Draper and the gang might be on hiatus until next year, the bitchin' homes that evoke the turbulent era are trapped in amber in the slides that follow. Click on for some far-out listings.

Location: Boulder, Colo.

Price: $1.995 million

Beds/Baths: 4/4

Sq. Ft.: 5,804


Imagine January Jones' character pacing the halls of this Boulder beauty, situated on merry old "Christmas Tree Drive." Melancholia never looked so good!

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While tail fins and beehive hairdos might have gone the way of the stereo console, indoor pools are still way cool.

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Retro need not be dated or dull. This modly appointed living room embodies the best of mid-century decor.

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Location: Bronxville, N.Y.
Price: $3,295,000
Beds/Baths: 6/5
Sq. Ft.: 5,807


Set in the Westchester County suburb of Bronxville, this sprawling home has six bedrooms and five bathrooms dressed in quintessential mid-century decor.


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Skylights flood the open-plan living room with natural rays. 


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They made houses pretty big back then too. This blast-to-the-past home stretches over 5,807 square feet.


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With a central fire pit, two seating areas and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the living room is cool and cozy at the same time.


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Location: Mercer Island, Wash. 
Price: $2.3 million
Beds/Baths: 5/3
Sq. Ft.: 3,370

This picturesque modern basks in its lush setting, looking over water and up at mountains.

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The 3,370-square-foot home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and three fireplaces. 

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The understated front facade gives little hint of the spectacular water views out the back.

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See what we mean? 

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Location: New Canaan, Conn. 
Price: $2.795 million 
Beds/Baths: 3/3
Sq. Ft.: 1,773

A significant work by famed architect Philip Johnson, this cream-colored mod rests elegantly on two acres of coveted New Canaan real estate. 

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The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence features a guest cottage and walled gardens, in addition to the main house. 

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Behind its stone and glass exterior, high ceilings, period fixtures and custom cabinetry imbue the premises with authentic midcentury character.

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Can ya dig it?

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Location: Redondo Beach, Calif. 
Price: $1.325 million 
Beds/Baths: 4/3
Sq. Ft.: 2,723

The home's interior boasts 12-foot-high wood ceilings, 8-foot ash doors and walls of glass through which to admire the view.

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Built in 1966, the 2,700-square-foot house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. 

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Even the decor seems frozen in time.

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Location: San Rafael, Calif. 
Price: $920,000
Beds/Baths: 5/2
Sq. Ft.: 1,942

This updated home, built by famed midcentury developer Joseph Eichler, blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living. 

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The home's entrance is an atrium flooded with natural light and bursting with plant life. 

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A Saarinen-style table and molded plastic Eames chairs -- just the right look for the breakfast nook! 

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Though its interior spans only 2,170 square feet, the home's lush landscaping seems to expand its reach. 

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