This Groovy, Untouched 1970s Condo Was Up for Sale, and It’ll Take You Back to the Past

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Everywhere you look, patterned wallpaper plays havoc with your eyes. A huge, bright green circular couch waits to welcome guests, while bottles of vintage perfume line the bathroom walls.

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It’s like stepping straight onto a 1970s movie set – or, indeed, an Austin Powers-style spoof. But this apartment is real, and it was recently put up for sale.

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It was a built in 1972, which was an eventful year by all accounts. After all, the Watergate scandal was just kicking off, Jane Fonda toured Vietnam, and The Godfather was released into theaters. Could the construction of this glorious pad by added to that list?

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Maybe not. Still, the condo is part of the Winston Towers complex in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, and it boasts three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an interior that’s definitely got people talking.

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This is because the condo, which was recently put on the market for $158,000, has kept its original décor and furniture for more than 40 years. And at 1,877 square feet, any potential buyer could be set to get a lot for their money.

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Along with a well-to-do North Chicago address, a buyer would also get their hands on a veritable treasure trove of 1970s design. Indeed, it could be a dream come true for fans of the famously over-the-top decade.

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And these photos, initially shared by regional architecture site Curbed Chicago, revealed the psychedelic condo in all of its glory. The original owners certainly had a taste for outlandish design, and this can be seen throughout the various rooms of the place and, of course, the dine-in kitchen.

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Two of the bedrooms have been joined up to create a large family room. There, a giant green circular sofa takes pride of place, and original 1970s art hangs on the walls.

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The room also boasts a dining area perfect for entertaining guests. In it, six green chairs are set around a dining table made from, naturally, mirrored glass.

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The kitchen further benefits from a walk-in pantry, as well as one of many examples of patterned wallpaper that line the walls throughout the condo. Encompassing several vibrant shades of yellow and turquoise, it is offset by an elaborate chandelier.

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The master bedroom features a walk-in closet decorated with more colorful wallpaper in the condo’s signature shade of bright green. It also comes complete with built-in storage and, appropriately enough, a retro television set.

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In the bathroom, several vintage perfume bottles line the mirrored shelves. According to real estate agent Lauri Rosenbloom, they were left behind by the previous owners and predate even the condo. Who knows what they smell like today?

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Elsewhere in the apartment, thick patterned rugs cover the wooden and linoleum floors. Cabinets are filled with glassware ready to entertain guests, while family portraits still sit on the shelves as if the owners simply upped and left, never to return… around 40 years ago.

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Beyond its unique décor, the condo also has plenty of other features that boost its appeal. For example, sliding doors lead to a balcony that overlooks the complex’s outdoor pool, while a heated garage space is available for just $35 a month.

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It also seems to represent fantastic value for money. A similar apartment in the same area was recently listed for $199,900 – some $30,000 more than the asking price for this groovy time capsule.

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Mind you, the condo was originally listed for $125,000 back in 2012. At the time it passed under the radar, with only a moderate level of interest. In February 2013, then, it was removed from the market.

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However, on January 21, 2016 the condo was put back up for sale, and this time it was a different story. In fact, the pictures of the place started to go viral online, and potential buyers were now everywhere.

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“Suddenly, it’s all the rage,” Rosenbloom told the Daily Mail. “I’ve got people who love the wallpaper and furniture.”

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The condo’s popularity could be due in part to the current fashion for all things 1970s. Clothing inspired by the era has been seen across the catwalks over the last few years, for instance, while experts predict that the decade is set to have a strong influence on interior design trends.

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After attracting almost 200,000 views on property website Zillow, the condo was withdrawn from sale just a week after making its first appearance. Currently, the future of this time capsule apartment remains unknown.

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