Top 10 signs you're in a house that was built in the 50's - 60's

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Phoenix Real Estate in the 50's - 60's

There are a lot of new homes in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Face it, Phoenix has not been around as long as many of the east coast cities. I can go six months showing homes at not see a home that was built before 2000. This statement would not be true in many cities from across the United States.  So, if you live on the east coast and are reading this blog just bear with me.

Lately I've been showing lots of homes to clients who want to live in Tempe, Arizona.  I came up with an idea to write about the "Top 10 signs you're in a house that was built in the 50's - 60's."  Here we go:

10. The electrical power reaches your home from a cable dangling over your head.
 9. The trash is picked up in an alley from behind your house.
 8. The water heater is outside.
 7. The power box is 18 inches square.
 6. Armstrong linoleum tile matches your pink toilet.
 5. All of the interior cabinetry is quarter inch stained plywood.
 4. The windows crank open.
 3. The gas heater is in the hallway closet.
 2. The doorbell is a Nutone chime.
 1. The stove does nothing but get hot.

50's - 60's power lines50's - 60's homes with alleys

50's - 60's homes with exterior water heaters50's - 60's homes with small power boxes

50's - 60's homes with Armstrong linoleum 50's - 60's homes with Quarter inch plywood cabinetry

50's - 60's homes with Cranking windows50's - 60's homes with gas heaters in the hallway closet

50's - 60's homes with Nutone chime doorbells50's - 60's homes with old stoves

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Celia Maddox
Solutions Real Estate-The Celtic Connection - Gilbert, AZ

All true.  Thanks for posting. I always learn a lot from Active Rain blogs. Best Regards,

Feb 16, 2010 09:22 AM #1
Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

I had to laugh at the window cranks! I'm from Northern California - my parents' house was built in the mid-50s. It's actually not that antiquated but the window cranks are a match!


Feb 16, 2010 09:28 AM #2
Ron & Kristina Wilczek
Metro Phoenix Homes - Phoenix, AZ
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Feel free to add more to the list.

Feb 16, 2010 09:34 AM #3
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Ron - Thanks for the list.  I love inspecting older homes.  They have great "character"!

Feb 16, 2010 12:24 PM #4
Darrell Walters
W. Darrell Walters - Newnan, GA

That list reminds me of my grandmother's old home. Gotta love the electrical.

Feb 16, 2010 06:35 PM #6
Jim Palmer
Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777 - Sunny Hills, FL
Washington County, Florida

Very good list. We still see some of the same features (crank out jalousie windows, terrazo floors, orange shag carpet, etc.) in the Deltona Corp. homes built in Sunny Hills during the early 70's.

Feb 16, 2010 09:57 PM #7
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
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Don't forget that every 50's home had a "pencil sharpener" mounted to a wall stud somewhere in the basement.  Really.

Feb 17, 2010 12:12 AM #8
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and Evenen Ron

Around these here parts, no matter ifen the from the 50's and 60's or build today. The power get to 99.9 of the from overhead.

Baker Home Energy Audit and Commercial Properties Inspections

Feb 17, 2010 12:53 PM #9
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