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"Everyone wanted these home,
it was overwhelming."

There were five different models to the Levitt ranch and the only difference between the five was exterior colors, roof lines and where the windows were placed, they all measured 32' x 25' on a concrete slab with radiant heating coils in the slab. The houses were only 750 sq. ft., two bedrooms, living room and kitchen, with an unfinished second floor . All the same, compared with the cramped arrangements of the cities, even a place that size seemed like paradise  and full of potential. The attic areas could be expanded, but at this time it had no garage, just an attached carport. The kitchens contained stainless steel sinks and cabinets, GE stove,
GE refrigerator, a Bendix washer and a York oil burner. Everyone wanted these homes, it was overwhelming, so they had to incorporate the way they built the homes via the assembly line production and incorporate that into the way they sold the homes. So with the mix and match method, you could sign and buy the house in minutes.

Comparison of Levitt Cape Cod and Ranch Houses, courtesy Newsday

As the young families began to  settle into well-paying jobs and families began to grow, the Levitt models and the surrounding community were changed to suit the needs of the families.  1950 ranches came with an attached carport and a 12 1/2 inch Admiral TV set which was built under the living room staircase.  The 1951 model had a partially finished attic.  The magazine,Thousand Lanes, was published for decorating, expanding, and remodeling of Levitt homes.  This magazine was a must-have for residents of Levittown.  Shopping centers, playgrounds, and a community center was built for $250,000 for the active families. 


"Levittown's fame has spread so widely, both in America and abroad that it now ranks near the Statue of Liberty among the seven wonders which New York City visitors want to see!" -Nassau Daily Review Star, July 1951

Levitt centered the homes around "Village Greens" which consisted of a community pool and a strip of stores which were occuppied by mom and pop stores.  Carrying everyday essentials, and drug store with a soda fountain, all in walking distance from home.

There were five community pools and Village Greens built in Levittown.


One of Levittown's five community swimming pools. Collections of the State Museum
 


Levittown’s kitchens had electric appliances, which was considered safer, compared to gas that was used in the city.  General Electric, which supplied the appliances of Levittown kitchens. The advertised that its ranges and refrigerators were the lastest style and very efficient. The refrigerator had a revolving stainless steel “Lazy Susan” shelves for easy accessibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Colorful Kitchen
 Image from Lesley Jackson's, Contemporary.

 

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