This type of home is best exemplified by the average real estate dealer’s offering in a city or suburban development. House is usually pretty new, though it may need some repairs. Designed for efficient modern life, although rooms are likely to be small and boxlike compared with older houses. Many electrical gadgets to reduce the drudgery of household chores. Often comparatively new materials will have been used. Ceilings likely to be low, and little space between your house and your neighbors’. You may be able to mutually “enjoy” each other’s Hi-Fi and TV sets. It is a fairly standard American home–clean, convenient–but not inspiring in spirit. ~ Mary Jean Alexander, Decorating Begins with You, 1958.
I grew up in a contemporary conventional suburban ranch-style house (I couldn’t find any exterior photos of our house–even online! My mother must have them all). The housing development was built in the mid-1950s and my family moved into our house in 1962. Back then, our neighborhood was considered the boonies and was still surrounded by citrus groves and ranches. By the time my mother sold the house almost 40 years later because my dad had died, Los Angeles development had not only overtaken our neighborhood but it had progressed another 20 miles northward.
Are you a “contemporary conventional” person?
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