3913 Happy Valley, Lafayette

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Ashley Battersby, Village Associates

This sprawling Lafayette mid-century is a bit reminiscent of the work of Richard Danskin who built a great number of homes in Lafayette and Orinda during the 1960s. His trademark low slope roofs interrupted by a high peak are easy to spot among the more traditional ranch homes that line the winding streets there. However, this home was actually designed by William Wurster while Danskin was still in school. Obviously, its skillful incorporation of adobe and steel, wood and glass made quite a lasting impression on the young Mr. Danskin.

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1035 Shattuck, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of David Gunderman, Alain Pinel

Our featured home today is an early and exquisite shingle style craftsman by prolific local designer John Hudson Thomas. Thomas is perhaps best known for his later Secessionist structures but he began his career, like many of his contemporaries, working in the First Bay tradition. Even then in his earliest designs, Thomas’ fondness for heavy timbers and exaggerated details is already apparent. Here the public spaces are lavishly wooded with board and batten, boxed beams, built-ins, and a beautiful inglenook. It is an impressive showing from a burgeoning East Bay talent.

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336 Castle Crest, Alamo

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Jordan Mossa, J Rockcliff

Today we feature an interesting Alamo home designed by influential Bay Area architects Fisher Friedman. The home was built quite early in the firm’s history and it is designed in a decidedly Third Bay Region style. It was widely featured in the shelter press when it was new because of its compelling spaces and ample views. Fisher Friedman was absorbed by the firm NBBJ in 2010 but their impact on the shape of the Bay Area in the 70s and 80s cannot be overstated. This early example of their residential work is a nice reminder of where the company began.

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1321 Bay View, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Bebe McRae, Grubb

This exceptional First Bay Region home was designed by Bernard Maybeck for Berkeley German professor JH Senger. It is a complex structure showcasing Maybeck’s playful and creative use of unusual combinations of details. Here he has combined Tudor half timbering and traditional shingle style exterior elements. The house is lavishly appointed inside with grand public spaces that showcase Maybeck’s immense talent for the dramatic. It is this immense creativity and unbridled love of invention that makes Maybeck’s work so admired still today.

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123 Monte, Piedmont

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Jane Anderson, Grubb

Our featured home today is a lovely and highly symmetrical shingle style built at the turn of the century for three generations of Stratton women. Jeannie Stratton was a young widow at 34 when the home was constructed, but she was obviously fairly secure financially since she was able to build such a substantial house for her young daughter and her mother. The home would remain in the Stratton family for many years with little alteration to its impressive period detailing and today it is a charming reminiscence of early Piedmont.

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739 Bay Tree, El Cerrito

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Anne Politeo, Marvin Gardens

This beautiful post and beam mid-century is tucked away on a short street in the El Cerrito Hills. The home is clearly the work of a talented designer with carefully choreographed spaces and a variety of interesting textures – yet another of the many impressive modernist residences for which El Cerrito is best known.

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8648 Thors Bay, El Cerrito

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Karen Moss, Marvin Gardens

Today we feature a fairly understated late Bay Region mid-century perched atop the El Cerrito Hills. The home boasts beautifully wooded interiors carefully arranged to capture long views across the bay. The living room is a particularly compelling space with an inviting hearth flanked by towering windows on two sides.

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