Travel Back in Time

Live and breathe the MCM life­style in Starlight Vil­lage.

Atomic Ranch - - Contents - By Han­nah Al­ston Pho­tog­ra­phy cour­tesy of Starlight Vil­lage

The Space Age vi­sion, MCM dream homes and a com­mu­nity pool called The Lido. It all sounds like a dream neigh­bor­hood from 60 years ago, but this Texas de­vel­op­ment is be­ing built right now.

IMAG­INE A WORLD FULL OF CUS­TOM­IZ­A­BLE MID­CEN­TURY-STYLE HOMES

built in a com­mu­nity of retro en­thu­si­asts. Good news— this dream is a re­al­ity. Starlight Vil­lage con­sists of 29 de­tached homes sit­u­ated near Austin, Texas. Eight dif­fer­ent mod­els, vary­ing from 1,300 to 3,000 square feet, em­brace all as­pects of mid-mod liv­ing. And the neigh­bors? Ex­pect them to be fans of mid­cen­tury de­sign.

De­vel­op­ers Theresa and Michael Kopecky en­vi­sioned this com­mu­nity and put it into play in 2016. Kopecky says, “We are now well into Phase II build­ing, and have sev­eral fam­i­lies liv­ing in their MCM dream homes. Among our Starlight neigh­bors, we’ve got ev­ery­thing from sleek Dan­ish Mod­ern, to ‘50s flair and ‘vil­lain lair.’ We also cre­ated per­sonal gar­den spa­ces for each home, which have been vi­su­al­ized by our res­i­dents as a koi pond, a sun deck and even a liv­ing plant wall,” Theresa ex­plains.

“The Lido” is the neigh­bor­hood pool and pavil­ion. Like the rest of the planned com­mu­nity, its style is iconic and un­mis­tak­ably mid­cen­tury. But per­haps the most in­trigu­ing part about Starlight Vil­lage is the “lock and walk” idea. Th­ese homes were built with the mind­set that any­one can lock up and leave for a month and the com­mu­nity will take care of the ex­te­rior of the home; per­fect for on-the-go liv­ing and a jet set life­style.

Each home is “tech­ni­cally a condo unit, tended and cared for by the HOA,” ex­plains Theresa. “Yet, it was im­por­tant to us that peo­ple re­late to this project as their per­sonal home.”

Even though the homes have 21st cen­tury ameni­ties and floor plans, there are many nods to clas­sic mid­cen­tury style. In each home, one can find ac­cents such as cus­tom cab­i­nets, light fix­tures and back­splashes that are ap­pro­pri­ate to the Space Age vi­sion. Cus­tom dé­cor pieces have been spe­cially sourced by the Kopeckys. “Starlight uses lo­cal builders and sup­pli­ers, ex­ten­sively re­search­ing and sourc­ing au­then­tic MCM de­tails to cre­ate beauty around ev­ery cor­ner,” Theresa says.

Along with the stun­ning fea­tures of this com­mu­nity comes the close prox­im­ity to down­town Austin. That might mean a night out for din­ner and live mu­sic, or for ca­nines, there’s a half-acre off-leash pri­vate park and a scenic trail to be en­joyed very close to Starlight. Starlight is a mid­cen­tury dream com­mu­nity, re­made for to­day.

THE TELSTAR MODEL BRINGS GLASS, STONE AND DRA­MATIC AN­GLES INTO THE MIX. AN ICONIC OR­ANGE DOOR TAKES THE HOME TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND THE HAND-PAINTED FENCE PANEL IS IT­SELF A WORK OF ART.

4 4: THE PALM SPRINGS MODEL STAYS TRUE TO ITS NAME. THE LOW ROOFLINE AND BREEZEBLOCK WALL ARE REC­OG­NIZ­ABLE CAL­I­FOR­NIA MID­CEN­TURY ESSEN­TIALS, STRAIGHT FROM THE STATE’S FA­VORITE DESERT OA­SIS.

3 3: THE APOLLO LAY­OUT COMES EQUIPPED WITH LARGE WIN­DOWS LEAD­ING TO HIGH CEIL­INGS FOR PLENTY OF NAT­U­RAL LIGHT AND IM­PRES­SIVE VIEWS.

1: THE APOLLO IS 2,066 SQUARE FEET OF MID­CEN­TURY MA­NIA. VER­TI­CAL AND HOR­I­ZON­TAL LINES AND PLANES IN­TER­SECT WITH TEX­TURE AND COLOR FOR STUN­NING CURB AP­PEAL. THE BOLD BLUE DOOR, AS BRIGHT AS THE TEXAS SKY, ACTS AS THE EX­TE­RIOR’S HIGH­LIGHT. 2: COZY COMES TO MIND WITH TH­ESE WARM AND NEU­TRAL TONES AND DREAMY PLAT­FORM BED IN THE MIX. 2 1

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