91 Evergreen, Oakland

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This charming Bay Region mid-century was designed by Israeli architect Amiram Harlap. Harlap received his graduate degree in architecture at Berkeley in 1953 but only remained in the area until 1970. During that period he managed to make a name for himself locally and was published in several of the national shelter magazines before returning to Israel. This home is fairly characteristic of his work which was generally fairly restrained but carefully composed with low gables and lots of glass – a nicely preserved example.

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2060 Manzanita, Oakland

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Martin Davis built a number of beautiful homes on Manzanita Drive of which this may be the latest. He is best known for his expressive and rustic residences built in the 70s but this home was designed around a decade later. Even so, it still displays vestiges of the heavily wooded interiors that characterized his earlier homes, but the simplified geometry and greater prevalence of drywall is indicative of the changing tastes of the 80s. Davis of course handles both designs with his typical aplomb and manages to integrate his own unique voice into the tastes of both decades.

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1985 Tunnel, Oakland

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The home we feature today is one of the most unusual of the many interesting postmodern structures built in the aftermath of the Oakland Hills Fire. It was designed by Ace Architects who were a local firm with a well-deserved reputation for over the top design. This particular example was composed for a jazz enthusiast so naturally it is adorned with enormous horn shaped stair towers and a distinctly Art Moderne revival sensibility. It is Ace Architects at their most outlandishly joyous – a true East Bay original.

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41 Oakvale, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is an early and exceptional shingle style residence designed by John Hudson Thomas. The Leo and Ella Dungan house is one of Thomas’ most endearing and creative early designs. Its conglomeration of highly peaked roofs straddle a burbling brook creating an almost surreally picturesque setting. The exterior of the home was originally all shingle which likely would have only served to accentuate its riparian charm, but at some point plaster was added lending it a bit more Tudor flavor.

The home owes a clear debt of gratitude to the early work of Bernard Maybeck, but in the heavily wooded interiors, Thomas’ trademark oversized details and tendency toward simplifying geometric abstractions is readily apparent. It is a truly inspired piece of First Bay Region architecture by one of the East Bay’s best.

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1910 Yosemite, Berkeley

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Today we feature an impressive post and beam mid-century attributed to A Steiner. This likely refers to Carlton A Steiner who worked in the office of Vernon DeMars before starting his own practice in the early 40s. Steiner is probably best known for a rather flamboyant A-Frame church he designed in Palo Alto, but his office was located in Berkeley where he went to school so there are a number of his commissions around the East Bay. His early work tended to be fairly reserved, but by the 1950s when this home was built he was practicing a full-throated and robust Bay Region modernism like many of his contemporaries. We don’t see his homes come on the market too very often so this is a rare treat.

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4032 Brighton, Oakland

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Our featured home today is a lavishly appointed Glenview bungalow that may be familiar to some because it was featured in Paul Duchscherer’s well regarded book entitled The Bungalow: America’s Arts and Crafts Home. The book was published in the mid 1990s at a time when interest in craftsman design was on the rise and it was one of the first of a number of similarly themed coffee table tomes to hit the market over the next decade or so. The home itself remains beautifully preserved and is as impressive today as it was a quarter century ago when it was first introduced to readers across the country.

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540 Dwight, Oakland

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Edificionado is pleased to have represented the buyers of this lovely Bay Region mid-century perched on the edge of Panoramic Hill. There was no mention of it in the listing, but the home was designed by respected San Francisco architect John Christian Belz shortly after he began his solo practice. Belz is best known for his long running partnership with Berkeley classmate Matt Copenhaver that focused mainly on multi-residential and commercial projects, but there was a brief five year period at the beginning of his career when he worked on his own and designed a number of interesting homes around the Bay Area. This example is no exception with its reverse floorplan and oversized balconies oriented to capture the beautiful views across Berkeley to the Bay. It is a rare design by one of our lesser known local architects.

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