Are you ready for a blast from the past? We recently came across the original (from1984!) marketing slick sheet for our Ryan-built colonial home dubbed The Shenandoah “A”… Take a look at what you could get back then for (a penned-in) $149,900:
Brochure Front – Click to Enlarge
Brochure Back – Click to Enlarge
The text on the second brochure is quite amusing:
The elegance of yesteryear is tastefully combined with modern spaciousness and luxury in this two story Colonial which features Western Reserve styling.
The Shenandoah offers a master suite and your choice of 3 or 4 additional bedrooms.
Downstairs you’ll find a powder room, with large living and dining rooms and a paneled family room. Fireplaces are optional in family and living rooms. And, there’s wall-to-wall carpet to enhance the luxurious atmosphere of this home.
The kitchen includes a breakfast room, a pantry and handsome custom cabinets. In addition, there’s a laundry or mud room, a full basement–and options for a one- or two-car attached garage. Ryan’s Standard Energy Package super-seals and insulates your home against the elements.* And we conduct presettlement and six-month service inspections to assure complete satisfaction.
Some of the elegance of yesteryear included dark wood paneling and matching spindles between the rooms (both are now gone)… and isn’t it interesting that wall-to-wall carpeting added to the luxurious atmosphere? Sounds like pretty good salesmanship to us 🙂