8731 Don Carol, El Cerrito

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

Today we feature an understated El Cerrito mid-century attributed to an architect named Yale Wright. Wright is not a designer we are otherwise familiar with, but the home has charming spaces filled with plenty of exposed wood. It is not as adventurous as some of the neighboring residences by other local architects of the period, but is certainly thoughtfully composed and nicely appointed.

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1556 Verdi, Alameda

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

This lovely Queen Anne cottage is the work of prolific Alameda design-builders Marcuse and Remmel. It was reportedly the home of Felix Marcuse himself which makes it particularly special. Marcuse and Remmel built a great number of speculative homes around the island, so Marcuse potentially had many options from which to choose when he selected this one. The home has since been divided up into multiple units, but fortunately a good deal of the original fabric remains.

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91 La Bolsa, Walnut Creek

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of John Millino, Stokley

Our featured home today is a nicely preserved Third Bay Region home in Walnut Creek. It appears almost entirely original with plenty of great 60s flavor including an unusual sunken inglenook and mostly intact period kitchen – lots of vintage detail for the second owner to work with.

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20 Bellevue, Piedmont

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This substantial Norman revival was designed by Albert Farr and built by Axel Cederborg who were the team responsible for some of the most exceptional residences in Piedmont. This particular example was actually the second home built by the pair for the George Jensen family. The first home, which is at 37 Bellevue, ended up being too large for the family after Mr. Jensen passed away, so this more “modest” 4,486 SF residence was built a few years later.

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2835 Ashby, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Mark Hardwicke, BHG Mason-McDuffie

Today we feature a handsome Berkeley craftsman bungalow. The home is lavishly wooded inside with high paneling and box beams throughout the public rooms. It is a bit similar to a home down the street that was designed by John Hudson Thomas at the very start of his career – a nice example of early Berkeley design.

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573 Spruce, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Dee Plunkett, Marvin Gardens

Our featured home today is an especially picturesque Norman revival. Not only does the home have the typical turret at the entrance, but it boasts a second turret on a corner for good measure. Inside, it is fairly reserved but with interesting box beams and a charming period bath.

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145 Duncan, Oakland

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Gunilla Lehmkuhl, Dudum

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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