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Renovate or Restore: Would You Keep Or Remodel These Vintage Rooms?

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These six retro rooms have stood the test of time, but is their vintage style a selling point or an eyesore?

While upgrading a home’s interiors can bring new life to a vintage space, sometimes an older design can feel fresh in a world full of (beautiful but trendy) whitewashed cabinets and bamboo wood floors. Just search “time capsule homes” for sale on Trulia, and you’ll find relics from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s alive and well in homes for sale from Atlanta, GA, to Washington, DC. These six homes have spaces that are a major blast from the past. Some homebuyers might consider them charming and worth restoration, but others would want to rip them out and start fresh.



Check out the time capsule homes below and then weigh in: Which ones would you keep or restore, and which ones would you renovate?


Want to learn more about these time capsule homes? Browse their listings below!


  1. Little red townhome built by a British skipper in the 1700s: 1222 28th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
  2. A 1940s custom Dutch Colonial in Little Falls, NJ: 38 Ridge Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424
  3. Sunny Mid-Century Modern ranch in Camarillo, CA: 865 W. Highland Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
  4. An adorable early 1900s bungalow in Duluth, MN: 4302 McCulloch St., Duluth, MN 55804
  5. Geometric-front brick home in Oakwood, OH, that’s straight off the set of Mad Men: 500 E. Schantz Ave., Oakwood, OH 45409
  6. A 1917 craftsman bungalow in Atlanta, GA: 470 Sinclair Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307