Do you ever have deja vu? 8 classic home features that are hot again


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Not everything old is new again.

But just like Sinatra-style hats and skinny ties, some classic home features are timeless. From glass bricks to free-form pools, midcentury glamor is back.

And those midcentury modern homes “are (some) of our hottest houses now,” says Pat Vredevoogd Combs, past president of the National Association of Realtors and Realtor with Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt Realty in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As a result, builders are incorporating some of those design features into new homes, she says.

What’s old is new

“We’re seeing people ask for a contemporary look, from the ’50s,” says Combs.

Look for clean lines, smaller and more organized spaces, and energy efficiency. “We’re going back to usability. Not froufrou stuff — a clean look,” she says.

Tastes are regional, too, says Ron Phipps, principal with Phipps Realty of Warwick, Rhode Island, and past president of the National Association of Realtors.

“While there are features that come back and have a great resurgence, they’re very influenced by geography,” he says.

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Some things happen over and over again, as in the movie “Groundhog Day.” These 8 home features were big in decades past and are hot again.