2967 Avalon, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Karen Nelsen, Alain Pinel

Today we feature a sizable and highly symmetrical colonial revival residence. This one was reportedly designed by Edward Seely for well-to-do Berkeley builder J A Marshall. Seely favored the gable roof and here he has blessed the home with two front facing gables as well as a shed dormer over the front door. Inside the home is lavishly appointed with ornate wood embellishments and grand public spaces.

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115 Highland, Kensington

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Ruth Frassetto, Grubb

This lovely Kensington mid-century has a fairly modest exterior but inside it is simply aglow with warm wood. Its reserved detailing serves to accentuate the natural textures within and highlight its thoughtfully composed spaces. The modernist take on the familiar inglenook is a particularly nice feature – clearly the work of a capable designer.

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1900 Meadow, Walnut Creek

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Paul Moreton, RE/MAX Accord

Our featured home today is a handsome mid-century looking for its second owner. It boasts a charming breezeway, loads of wood paneling and a massive masonry hearth with rhythmic protruding bricks and flanking clerestory windows. Walnut Creek is not particularly known for custom modernist homes but this one is definitely a nice exception.

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700 Hillside, Albany

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Today we feature a very unusual postmodern residence perched on the side of the Albany Hill. It is the first home in the Bay Area designed and built by Berkeley designer Christopher Alexander who is best known for his revolutionary book on architectural theory “A Pattern Language”. The home features many of the oversized classical details and bright colors that postmodern architecture is known for, but Alexander’s postmodernism also incorporates post-structuralist literary criticism’s distaste for authorial import. The basic materials and methods were determined by Alexander, but the home itself was largely designed by the client. It is a highly intellectual take on architecture and the result is both challenging and unconventional.

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5999 Grizzly Peak, Oakland

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Andrea Gordon, Red Oak

This exceptional Third Bay Region residence was designed by none other than Joseph Esherick who was responsible for the first homes at Sea Ranch and who is probably (along with MLTW) the designer most often associated with the movement. Now looking for only its third owner, the house is a particularly fine example of his work. It was originally a two bed, two bath home, but it was designed to expand below as the owner’s family grew, which it apparently did. The massive concrete columns that support the fireplaces are a particularly interesting addition to a structure that is otherwise almost completely wood.

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109 Hillcrest, Berkeley

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Today we feature an unusually symmetrical one and one half story shingle style home designed by Charles Sumner Kaiser. Kaiser only practiced in the East Bay for about a decade, but during that time he became fully immersed in the First Bay Region movement that was flourishing here. This particular example is fairly reserved by period standards but it still demonstrates a great deal of creativity and attention to detail – a nice example by a designer better known for his work on the other side of the bay.

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3401 Noyo, Oakland

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Deidre Joyner, Red Oak

This charming Woodminster mid-century is perched just above Holy Names University with long views across the bay. The home has remained in the same family since it was new and therefore boasts loads of unpainted original detail. From the substantial masses of masonry to the large expanses of wood paneling, there is much to be enamored with here.

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