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At $209K, this Midcentury 'Jewel' is a Funky Time Capsule

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This low-slung midcentury artifact is one of those divisive houses that pits preservationists and forward-thinking flippers against each other. Depending on your tastes, it's either woefully dated or exquisitely preserved. One thing's for sure: For $209,900, it's a lot of house (3,400 square feet), and it all looks, as the listing agent says, "meticulously maintained." Located in historic Collier Heights, near the westside intersection of Interstate 20 and I-285, this three-bedroom, two and ½ bathroom house dates to 1956 and remains, in the agent's estimation, a "chic … jewel" of the era. It has mahogany ceilings for miles, and plenty of old-school flagstone flooring in the breezeway, which leads to the cavernous rec room with a wet bar. The party potential extends outside, too, where glass doors reveal — count 'em — three patios and plenty of yard for a funky garden or pool. It's not without quirks (the mid-house garage, the rampant cacti), but it's got soulful style that's tough, if not impossible, to duplicate.

· 591 Waterford Road NW [Harry Norman Realtors]