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For Sale: A Midcentury House Where You Least Expect It

Single-level homes in Meridian-Kessler are starting to become an endangered species as renovators are finding a market (controversially) for “pop-tops,” or second-story additions. This ranch house, though, appears to avoid that fate. In a neighborhood of head-turning Tudors and sweet little cottages, this three-bedroom, three-bath limestone property might not be the first to catch your eye, but thanks to a thorough renovation and some original midcentury-modern features, it deserves a serious look. Realtor Kyle Williams points to the pitched roof, tall windows that meet at a corner, open living and dining space, and multiple access points to outdoor areas as elements that should appeal to those shopping for a midcentury-modern home. The updated kitchen might disappoint purists, but who can argue with the picturesque front lawn, circular drive, attached garage, and backyard playhouse?

Want to Buy It?

Address: 5610 Central Ave.

List price: $462,500

Agent: Kyle Williams, Century 21 Scheetz, 317-445-0701


Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now the director of editorial operations, she lives in Garfield Park.