Tour a 1970s California home: Look back through these family photos

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Do you remember how some homes looked in the 1970s? Not the model homes featured in print magazines of the era, but the real, honest-to-goodness houses everyday people lived in?

Here, you can take a tour of my grandfather and grandmother’s house, which was located in Santa Rosa, California — part of Northern California’s Sonoma County — and built around 1971. – NJP

Front of this 1970s house: Small porch and double front doors

1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Front doorsl


The kitchen of this ’70s suburban house in Northern California

So much nostalgia in one photo — from the daisy motif decor to the super seventies mugs on a rack to the avocado green breadbox.

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Kitchen (3)

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Kitchen (2)


The eat-in kitchen/small dining area

The real dining room (and the living room) was just through that doorway straight ahead on the right.

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Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Kitchen (1)


Fresh veggies from the garden on the kitchen countertop

Fresh garden vegetables - 1970s home tour


Family room with a full wall of bookshelves

Santa Rosa family room bookshelves


The living room, looking toward the front door & foyer

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Living room (3)

Here’s almost the same angle as above, but this photo was taken during its construction.

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Under construction


Front entryway with Christmas cards adorning the walls

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Living room (4)

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The living room at Christmas time, with holiday decor & plants

1970s Living room, looking east


Knickknacks in the corner of the living room

Along with the stereo console, there are a couple of applehead dolls!

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Living room (2)


Family Christmas memories from the ’70s

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Living room (1)


The retro home’s backyard – lawn, patio deck and lots of flowers and trees

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Backyard (1)

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Backyard (2)

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Backyard (4)

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The street and driveway – early 1970s

The street and driveway - early 1970s


More exterior shots of this vintage home in Santa Rosa – Sonoma County, California

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Front yard - exterior (3)

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Front yard - exterior (4)


Back when this suburban house was under construction (1970-1972)

Vintage 1970s house in Santa Rosa California - Front yard - exterior (5)

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3 Responses

  1. This is so awesome. This makes me think of my own Grandparents house that was built in 1975. There are dozens and dozens of photos of it. Nobody documents and photographs their brand new homes from start to finish anymore. . My parents didn’t either. I love the nostalgia here. Brings me back wonderful warm memories.

  2. Hi, I am a huge house nut and ‘specially from the 1970’s. I located this house at 2946 Jason Dr in S. R. It looks almost nothing like it did back in 1972 though, sadly. But thankfully it survived all the fires since. I have family that just survived (very thankfully) the LNU fire in Vacaville.

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