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
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
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.
five community pools and Village Greens built in Levittown.
Levittown's five community swimming pools. Collections of the State
kitchens had electric appliances, which was considered safer, compared
to gas that was
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.
Image from Lesley Jackson's, Contemporary.