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Home whose interior is a relic of the 1970s sells for $425,000

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/30/2020 Lauren Edmonds For Dailymail.com
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Retro burnt-orange shag carpeting and bright daisy-themed wallpaper adorn the inside of a newly purchased Michigan home that hasn't been redecorated since the 1970s. 

The lakeside home nestled on Lake Orion in Orion Township, a community on the outskirts of Detroit, recently sold for nearly $424,900 to new homeowners after staying in the same family for 47 years. 

A blast from the past, the property at 1250 Miami Path is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that spans 2,154sqft.

The two-story house was modeled after the waterfront homes along Massachusetts' Cape Cod, but the interior is a groovy aesthetic reminiscent of 'The Brady Bunch' or 'The Partridge Family.'

a small house in a body of water: The property at 1250 Miami Path in Orion Township, Michigan, was sold for nearly $425,000 after not being redecorated for almost 50 years

The property at 1250 Miami Path in Orion Township, Michigan, was sold for nearly $425,000 after not being redecorated for almost 50 years
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The living room's explosive orange carpet was paired with patterned wallpaper, as well as luscious velvet furniture, striped window curtains and a red-lined staircase.  

The kitchen had auburn floor tiles that contrasted beautifully with the pale yellow appliances and painted white cabinets.

The laundry room, with hardwood walls that matched the wooden molding, had a similar far-out style that truly encapsulated the bold 1970s flair. 

The Orion Township home was built in 1930, and much of its current fashion is thanks to Al Banys. 

He bought the property in 1973 as a weekend getaway spot and transformed it into his bachelor pad.

'We had an absolute blast in that house growing up; it was definitely our party house,' Al Vaitas, Banys' nephew, told The New York Post.

'My uncle was a true bachelor. He never married, he had his fair share of girlfriends and he never wanted to settle.' 

When Banys died at age 82 in 2018, he left his beloved home to Vaitas and his brother, Ray.

a kitchen with a dining room table: The laundry room, with hardwood walls that matched the wooden molding, had a similar far-out style that truly encapsulated the bold 1970s flair

The laundry room, with hardwood walls that matched the wooden molding, had a similar far-out style that truly encapsulated the bold 1970s flair
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 Vaitas told The Post that Banys chose all the funky décor himself, including funky crochet-knit blankets and red shag carpets on the second floor. 

Banys didn't live in the vacation home permanently, and as a result never considered redecorating as the 1970s slipped into the 90s and eventually the 2010s.

'He never, ever thought of redecorating...ever,' Vaitas told The Post. 

'He loved that look. This was his look! He actually thought the look was contemporary. He never even realized that décor had evolved throughout the years. He was so proud of the way he decorated it, and liked it exactly the way it was.'

Vaitas explained that his family fled to the United States from Lithuania in 1941 during World War II.  The family settled in Detroit, Michigan, and Banys grew up in a five-bedroom home in Bloomfield Hills. 

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: This dining room was created with an orange and yellow color-scheme that extended to the gold light fixture and pieces of art work placed on the patterned walls

This dining room was created with an orange and yellow color-scheme that extended to the gold light fixture and pieces of art work placed on the patterned walls
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The Lake Orion home, just 30 minutes away, became Barnys and the family's escape from the small town.

'My parents had so many parties there, and we would spend the summers swimming and the winters ice fishing,' Vaitas told The Post.

'Here in Michigan, we’re outdoors people, and my uncle and my dad especially loved that sport. The lake would freeze over, and we’d go out there and we’d drill our holes, and they’d have their drinks and lots of fun.' 

Vaitas told The Post that he's thankful new owners were willing to buy the home after his uncle died. 

a bedroom with a large window: Vaitas explained that his family fled to the United States from Lithuania in 1941 during World War II and that his uncle purchased the home in 1973. Pictured: the bathroom's shower appeared to have pink trimming and wooden cabinets paired nicely with the chestnut-colored floor

Vaitas explained that his family fled to the United States from Lithuania in 1941 during World War II and that his uncle purchased the home in 1973. Pictured: the bathroom's shower appeared to have pink trimming and wooden cabinets paired nicely with the chestnut-colored floor
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'Before my uncle died, he told my brother and I that the house was probably going to be a teardown — but the new owners are actually going to renovate it, instead!' he said.

'They are going to put insulation in the house and preserve the moldings and the layout — so the house will be given new life.'

It's not clear if the new homeowners will keep the hip 1970s décor. DailyMail.com has reached out to Max Broocks Realtors for more details.

'We have great memories in that house, but life has to go on,' Vaitas told The Post. 'It would’ve been a great set for a ’70s movie, though!'

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