5664 Merriewood, Oakland

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This intriguing Montclair home was originally built in 1920 but appears to have been substantially enlarged sometime in the 1970s. The renovation was so complete that almost none of the original structure is recognizable within the new larger whole. In its place is a rather compelling piece of Third Bay Region design, quite different from the modest bungalow it once was.

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227 Wayne, Oakland

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Today we feature a statuesque Cleveland Heights colonial revival foursquare. The home’s imposing facade is unusually extravagant with paired demilune windows and a multitude of brackets. Inside, it is no less impressive with paneling in almost all of the public rooms, loads of built-ins, and a surprisingly original kitchen.

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2501 Hilgard, Berkeley

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This unusually creative take on the fourplex form is attributed to Walter Ratcliff whose prolific practice was responsible for a great number of showy residences and commercial structures across Berkeley. Here he has tackled a type of structure generally focused more on utility than aesthetics, but he has managed to impart on it his own love of the surprising detail and loose symmetry as a means to create visual interest – yet another indication of Ratcliff’s immense talent as a designer.

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1154 Cragmont, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is another of Wally Reemelin’s trademark A-Frame residences. Reemelin is often credited as one of the originators of the mid-century A-Frame phenomenon and since he was based out of Berkeley, we are fortunate to have quite a few of his homes sprinkled around the East Bay. This one is a fairly prototypical example with the exception of the rather sizable hip roofed protrusion on one side. It is a nicely preserved specimen and a great testament to Reemelin’s outsized contribution during the period.

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875 Oak, Alameda

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This handsome colonial revival bungalow may not have its original siding exposed outside, but inside almost all of its great period detail remains. Even the separate washroom in the kitchen is still intact which is exceedingly rare.

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95 Sandringham, Piedmont

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The Lipkin house is an impressive mid-century residence designed by John Hans Ostwald in the prime of his career. Ostwald was responsible for a number of homes around Piedmont, but this one has survived with more period detail intact than many of the others. Even here, a good deal of the original exposed woodwork has been painted over the years, but Ostwald’s immense creativity and great talent for crafting compelling spaces still shine through.

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1613 Sonoma, Albany

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This once modest shingle bungalow has undergone a substantial second story addition, but fortunately most of the public spaces on the first floor have been left intact. The addition itself is fairly sensitive as well with an attempt made at replicating period woodwork and light fixtures which is a nice touch.

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