2758 Piedmont, Berkeley

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Last month we featured a lovely Leola Hall shingle style at the corner of Piedmont and Stuart in Berkeley. That home has since sold, but rather surprisingly another Leola Hall house right across the street is on the market today. This one was in pretty rough shape a few years ago, but it appears to be all fixed up now and ready for a new owner. So if you missed your opportunity before, the new year brings with it a rare second chance.

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6201 Westwood, Oakland

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This thoughtfully composed Oakland Hills new modern residence is the work of local architect Robert Swatt of Swatt Miers Architects. Swatt has been designing residences in the East Bay for over a quarter of a century and the purity of his modernist vision and conviction in his aesthetic seems to have grown stronger with each passing year. This particular home is designed as a series of blocks that amble down the gentle slope. Swatt’s trademark bands of glass and wood juxtaposed against swaths of plaster are evident here as are his wood soffits that pass from the interior to the exterior – an oft used device for visually linking inside and out.

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229 Bishop, Richmond

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Happy New Year from Edificionado! To start 2018 off right we have a striking mid-century home perched at the edge of Point Richmond to share. It was designed by influential Bay Area designer William Wurster and is part of an enclave of modernist architect-designed residences overlooking the bay. The home has seen a bit of updating over the years, but fortunately much of the original detail remains. Its showy butterfly roof is a particularly intriguing feature not encountered in many Wurster designs.

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2800 Piedmont, Berkeley

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This charming Elmwood shingle style home is a quintessential Leola Hall residence complete with her trademark side entrance and grand central staircase all packed into a tiny fractional lot. The home appears to retain almost all of the original detailing which is a wonderful treat – a lovely example by one of the East Bay’s most flamboyant First Bay Region designers.

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1465 Vista, El Cerrito

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Our featured home today is lovely mid-century jewel box perched atop the El Cerrito hills with broad panoramic views of the bay below. It was designed by local standout Henry Hill at the peak of his productivity and it demonstrates very readily his mature grasp of scale and massing and his uncanny ability to add unexpected pops of visual interest at will. It is a beautiful piece of architecture by one of the Bay Area’s best.

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89 Southampton, Berkeley

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This sizable Berkeley hills mid-century was on the market a few years ago and was just as impressive then. It was originally designed by Gerald McCue but it was substantially remodeled by Joanne Koch of Koch Architects within the last decade. McCue’s trademark glazed gables are still present as is a good deal of exposed wood but almost nothing else has been left untouched. Fortunately the modifications are quite sensitive to the original aesthetic so the home still feels like a unified composition rather than a series of conflicting tableaus. It is rumored that McCue himself even blessed the alterations once complete.

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145 Duncan, Oakland

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This lovely compact mid-century designed by John Hans Ostwald has some great features. It is sited on the bank of the Temescal creek with access to the house via a small truss foot bridge that spans the waterway. The home itself takes the form of a pyramid with a skylight at its apex and plenty of redwood lining the walls. The public rooms on the open upper level benefit from the views through the trees while the bedrooms down below enjoy the sounds of the creek rushing past.

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