The Landfall Estate

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Edificionado is pleased to have represented the buyers of the Landfall Estate, the only known residence built in the Sierras by Bay Area Case Study architect Beverley David Thorne. Originally called Thorneyrock, the home was designed as a small cabin for radio and television pioneer Paul Bartlett. When he and his wife Mary decided to live in the home full time in the 70’s, they changed the name to Landfall and had Thorne design an addition to make it more comfortable as a full time residence.

Like all of Thorne’s homes, this one is built on a steel frame creating opportunities for large expanses of glass and wide open spaces. It is supported on substantial concrete columns, appearing to float effortlessly above the rocky terrain from certain vantages. Here Thorne demonstrates clearly that his innate talent for creating exceptional structures for challenging sites was not limited to the environs of the Bay Area. His designs, it turns out, feel as at home in the snow as they do in the fog.

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564 El Dorado, Oakland

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Today we feature an unusual hybrid residence that blurs the line between Victorian and colonial revival. It is reportedly the work of prolific East Bay architect Leo Nichols who was known to work in a variety styles but rarely to combined them so freely. Here Victorian scale and verticality blend seamlessly with traditional colonial hipped roofs, bays, and dormers. It is a surprisingly successful amalgamation of turn of the century styles.

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5486 Kales, Oakland

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This Rockridge bungalow has a new kitchen and bath since the last time we saw it on the market a few years ago, but thankfully all of the beautiful dark woodwork, stained glass, and period light fixtures are intact. It remains an especially charming example of the familiar form for which North Oakland is best known.

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35 Hillcrest, Berkeley

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Our featured home today is a beautiful Viennese Secessionist residence designed by John Hudson Thomas at the height of his creativity. Thomas designed in a variety of styles over the course of his long career but his Secessionist homes are by far the most striking and original. This one is surprisingly modern for 1915 with minimal ornamentation aside from the judicious use of Thomas’ trademark four square motif. It is John Hudson Thomas at his very best.

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13320 Skyline, Oakland

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Today we feature an exceptional mid-century residence designed by local architect Jack Robbins. Robbins was educated on the East Coast so his influences were somewhat different than many of his local contemporaries that trained at Berkeley, but his innovative experiments in Bay Region modernism were no less impressive. Here he has organized four vaulted volumes around a central core, each one splaying out on a different axis much like a pinwheel. It is a particularly elegant solution that allows for light to enter almost every room from multiple sides while still maintaining privacy and good separation of spaces.

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2664 Shasta, Berkeley

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This intriguing Berkeley home is one of a trio of structures built as a small community on the edge of Glendale-La Loma Park in the early 20s. It is a fairly late example of the rough-hewn Swiss chalet style that Bernard Maybeck was best known for early in his career. By the 20s, Maybeck’s homes had begun to move more and more in a period revival direction, but these three homes built by Daniel Gibb clearly hearken back to the time before the Berkeley firestorm of 1923. They are wonderfully rustic with large hand-adzed beams and a simplicity of design that would have made Charles Keeler proud.

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50 Linda Vista, Orinda

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This unusual mid-century residence was designed by Southern California design-builder Les Guthrie for his own family during a brief period when he lived in the Bay Area. Guthrie homes often featured a living room with curved laminated beams, but here he has used them throughout the entire house. The roof undulates like waves over the top of the spaces, dipping down to pour water into the pond between the back decks when it rains. The home is full of interesting and often experimental details like this that make it clear that Guthrie was designing for himself. Some have fared better than other over the years but above all else the home remains a wonderfully inventive and individual expression.

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