If you have twelve minutes to spare, you can watch a YouTube video (above) which shows the house of the future as it existed sixty years ago The video is well worth twelve minutes of your time. Among the features cited are the atomically irradiated food center; the supersonic dishwasher which cleans dishes by ultrasonic waves; a refrigerator comprised of three cells for regular cold food storage, frozen food, and irradiated food. The kitchen included a microwave "range". The walls, ceiling, floors, and kitchen cabinets, counter-tops, and bath fixtures were made of various forms of plastics. The furniture was also made of plastic - even the man-made fabrics. The Climate Control Center was designed to control heat, air conditioning, ventilation, and also provide scent control by adding the scent of roses or salty sea air to the home. The new age telephone offered push button dialing (as opposed to the rotary dial so familiar at the time) as well as being able to speak without a handset. There was a wall unit device in the bathroom with a closed circuit TV screen where an owner could see who was at the front door and provide two-way communication. The bathroom also had a built-in razor for dad and an electric toothbrush for the family. The shared wall between the boy's bedroom and the girl's bedroom was a collapsible accordion-style room divider. I can't imagine any teenage boy or girl wanting a sibling to open a wall like that without warning - or even with warning.
Today home buyers in Key West want buy older house constructed of solid wood. They want a place with character - not module that looks like every other module - the way the house of the future would have looked. Some buyers prefer little cigar maker cottages while others want to buy large Grand Conch Houses. Most of our homes were built well over a hundred years ago. The Old Town area of Key West has street after street after street with all kinds of historic old homes that were built over the decades of varying styles. Many of the old homes have been renovated while a few are still relatively untouched. Some buyers prefer to buy a house that needs renovated just so that they can incorporate their sense of design and style into their particular house of the future. It is the lack of uniformity that attracts buyers to Key West to find the perfect old home which buyers can transform into their new home. Even houses of more recent construction mimic the building styles of the past to some degree (bottom photo below).