7111 Pinehaven, Oakland

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Anthony Cassel, Golden Gate Sotheby’s

Today we feature an interesting Third Bay Region residence in the Oakland hills. The home is very thoughtfully conceived with large glazed openings and plenty of wood (much of it oriented on the diagonal which was a favored conceit in the 70s). No architect is mentioned in the listing but the home is clearly the work of a talented designer well-versed in the vernacular of the period.

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5 Arcade, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Joan Brunswick, Coldwell Banker

This exquisite Bay Region mid-century is a particularly inventive design by local architect David Kerr Burton. Here, Burton made the most of a relatively modest triangular lot by designing a triangular home with a central stair topped by a pyramid skylight. The home is full of unconventional details including prominent corner windows and numerous small skylights in the roof. David Kerr Burton was not a particularly prolific designer but his homes are immensely creative and this one is no exception.

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8449 Terrace, El Cerrito

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Mark Choi, Compass

Our featured home today was originally a fairly modest bungalow that was significantly expanded and remodeled in 1964 by local architect Jack Anderson. Anderson and his partner Lyman Jee began their partnership working out of the garage of Anderson’s home in El Cerrito and from that modest start, the partners would go on to have a hand in many homes in the area over the years. Here we see Anderson’s ability to expand and thoroughly recreate an existing space with his distinctive modernist voice.

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2 Bien Venida, Orinda

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Tony Conte, Coldwell Banker

Today we feature another compelling piece of Bay Region modernism without design attribution. The home features an interesting modified pinwheel plan with glazed gables and deep wood soffits. The central gable roofs that flatten at the perimeter were a motif adapted from Japanese architecture by a number of designers during the period, but here it is handled with particular aplomb.

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496 Highland, Danville

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Sandra Fortayon, Keller Williams

This intriguing mid-century residence has a fairly understated façade but inside it is full of interesting details. No architect is credited in the listing but it is clearly the work of a talented designer. The ridgeline skylights and suspended translucent light well are particularly unusual touches.

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1311 Clinton, Alameda

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Our featured home today is a beautiful Alameda Colonial revival designed by California architectural pioneer David Farquharson. Farquharson is probably best known today as the designer of South Hall, the oldest remaining building on the UC Berkeley campus, but his impact on the state’s early built landscape was immense. Starting in Sacramento in the 1850s and then moving to San Francisco shortly thereafter he was responsible for some of the most influential early buildings in Northern California. By the time he designed this particular home, he was 80 years old and had enjoyed a long and successful career but he was clearly still well versed in the latest styles of the day as well. It is no wonder that his influence was so great on the generations of architects that would follow in his footsteps – architects who would as a group create what we call today the Bay Region Style.

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106 Forest, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Ernie Sexton, Sexton Group

Edificionado is pleased to have represented the buyers of the Torres-Rioseco house. There was no indication in the listing, but the home was originally designed for Poet and Berkeley professor of Latin American Languages, Arturo Torres-Rioseco and his wife Rosalie by influential local architect John Funk. Funk was a bit of a design celebrity at the time. One of the first homes that he designed after opening his own practice in 1938 was featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York among works by Neutra, Wright, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Aalto, and Saarinen. Funk’s influence on our local Bay Region modernism is difficult to overstate. He was one of only a handful of Bay Area architects who were embracing modernist ideals before World War II and as a result his influence on the generation of architects that came out of Berkeley after the war was immense.

The Torres-Rioseco house is in many ways very typical of Funk’s best work with its simple plan and boxy visage. Also prominent are the trademark sunscreens that Funk managed to incorporate into many of his designs for both functional and aesthetic purposes.

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841 San Luis, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Anne Culbertson, Compass

This modest mid-century jewel box was designed by prolific local architect Henry Hill fairly early in his long and productive career. It has seen a bit of modification over the years so that the colorful flash that Hill liked to incorporate into every home is not readily apparent today. Even so, Hill’s thoughtful organization of space and careful placement of glazing shines with each room oriented to best capture the views outside. It is a lovely example by one of the Bay Area’s most talented and versatile modernist designers.

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440 Camino Sobrante, Orinda

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This exquisite Orinda mid-century is a beautifully preserved design by local East Bay architect Roger Lee. The home has only been on the market once before and it looks as though it has remained essentially unchanged since it was new. Lee was known for his modest modernist homes and this one is a perfect example of his striking ability create stunning environments in relatively compact spaces. For a bit of context about how amazingly little the home has changed over the years, we have included a few photos that were taken when the home was originally published in 1956.

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14100 Skyline, Oakland

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Martha Hill, Compass

This impressive Bay Region mid-century is another thoughtful design by the partnership of Lyman Jee and Jack Anderson. It was designed during the brief period when fellow Berkeley grad Wit Willer was part of the firm before he became principal architect for the UC Office of the President. The home is in need of a bit of love but it is full of great period fabric and could be quite exceptional with a little work. Most of Jee and Anderson’s homes are in and around El Cerrito where their first office was located so it is a treat to see one a bit farther afield in Oakland.

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