An Award-Winning Midcentury Home Just Hit the Market for the First Time
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An Award-Winning Midcentury Home Just Hit the Market for the First Time

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By Kathryn M.
Built in 1958 for a reported cost of just $32,000, the Balogh House is now seeking a new buyer for $750,000.

In the late 1950s, noted architect and professor Tivadar Balogh began building a residence for himself on a forested 2.7-acre lot in Plymouth, Michigan. Not long after he moved in with his family, the home—formally known as the Balogh House—won a Progressive Architecture Award.

Designed by late architect Tivadar Balogh as a personal residence for his family, the Balogh House is a striking cube-like structure located in Plymouth, Michigan. The award-winning property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

The meticulously preserved midcentury home comprises several main living areas, two bedrooms, and a home office. According to Michigan Modern, the total cost of the project was $32,000, which was largely possible because the Balogh Family completed much of the work themselves.

The home features beautifully restored wood paneling, and it’s filled with unique midcentury furniture. Here, a retro dining set complements the geometric elements found throughout the interior.

Comprised of a simple cube clad in richly textured redwood, the 1,911-square-foot home is described as a "light box floating in the woods." The main floor holds the master bedroom and kitchen, along with a two-story living room featuring a stunning wall of windows.

Steps away from the formal dining area is a light-filled two-story living room, which looks up to an open family room on the second level. 

Various covered outdoor areas allow the home to feel much larger than its actual size.

An additional bedroom and bath is located on the upper level, in addition to a cozy nook area illuminated by skylights. The lower level holds another family room surrounded by windows, which was formerly used as the owner’s studio. 

This family room—which was previously used as a work studio—contains custom-designed shelving and built-in cabinets. 

Nicknamed the Cube, this single-family residence is now listed for the first time ever on the open market. In preparation for the sale, the home was painted, stained, and treated to new carpeting throughout. However, all of its unique details remain intact. Scroll ahead to see more of the property, which is currently listed for $750,000.

Large, angled windows at the end of the family room usher in natural light while establishing an intimate connection with the surrounding forest.

Presenting an open, free-flowing floor plan, the 1,911-square-foot property showcases the beauty of clean lines and simple geometric forms. 

A look at one of the two bedrooms, complete with a built-in desk area and plenty of storage.

On the upper level, a glass-enclosed outdoor area looks out into the secluded 2.7-acre lot.

A large, flat gravel area at the back of the property offers an idyllic spot for alfresco dining.

Balogh, who died in 2006, was a celebrated local architect. He was also credited for designing an estimated 150 structures throughout Michigan, Illinois, and Arizona.

49800 Joy Road is currently listed for $750,000 by John A. Goetz of Real Estate One.

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