13015 Skyline, Oakland

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Today we feature a beautifully detailed Bay Region modernist residence designed by John Ostwald. The home is made up of two wings oriented around a towering central living space which itself is built around a skylight-surrounded hearth from which the entire structure seems to radiate. It is an exceptional room even by Ostwald’s high standards. Here he has created a home where the centrality of the hearth is not just a vague ideal, it is built into the very fabric of the structure.

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21 Norwood, Kensington

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Our featured home today is another beautiful post and beam mid-century by Harry Nakahara. Nakahara’s designs have an understated elegance and simplicity that is missing in the more rustic work of some of his contemporaries. This home is no exception with his trademark spare detailing and carefully crafted spaces on display around every corner.

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2959 Northwood, Alameda

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Period revival architectural had largely fallen out of favor after the Second World War, but this showy Alameda Monterey colonial revival is a rare exception. It is an exuberant repudiation to the growing tide of modernism that was making its way across the Bay Area.

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910 Indian Rock, Berkeley

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The Marrenner house is a distinguished First Bay Region shingle style designed by Walter Ratcliff. Its long façade is another of his deft amalgamations of seemingly disparate elements. Symmetrical end gables are tied together by a perpendicular plane containing an inset door, a bay window, and an unusual clipped gable dormer. Inside, the home is lavishly detailed with unexpected flourishes in every room.

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2515 Buena Vista, Berkeley

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This lovely Spanish colonial revival is attributed to Edwin Snyder who was one of the first architects in the Bay Area to practice in this now ubiquitous style. It is a charming home full of great period embellishment and Snyder’s trademark understated detailing.

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1725 Estudillo, San Leandro

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Our featured home today is an intriguing postmodern residence tucked away in the San Leandro hills. Its unusual asymmetrical brick façade cuts an exceptionally striking figure from the street. Brick was not a particularly common material choice for postmodern residences in the Bay Area but a number of highly regarded commercial architects such as Mario Botta (who designed SFMOMA) favored brick for their work. Here too we can see the surprising pliability of unit masonry aptly demonstrated on a smaller scale as walls curve and jut at will. It is a surprisingly inventive form in an unexpected locale.

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217 Hillside, Piedmont

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This stately Piedmont colonial revival was designed by Louis Upton for early PG&E manager Edwin Leach. Upton is perhaps best known for the massive homes he designed in Pacific Heights on the other side of the bay (one sold earlier this month for $27 Million), but he made his own home in Berkeley so we are fortunate to have a few of his showy residences here in the East Bay as well. This one is a beautifully balanced composition with loads of creative detailing. It has been in the Leach family since it was built so it remains exceptionally original – ready for restoration by its second owner.

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