Though the architect of this lovely Berkeley cottage is not identified in the listing, this house was most certainly designed by a professional. The home is very modern for 1936. It is somewhat reminiscent of some of William Wurster’s homes of the period, and is at a minimum by someone who was aware of Wurster’s work. It is an interesting amalgam of styles. The horizontal emphasis of the divided light windows is a very moderne detail, and the wonderful plate glass ceiling light fixtures look very prairie-style. The exposed beams and plywood ceilings would be at home in a mid-century modern home.
All in all, the home is very successful. It is quite small, and on an exceedingly small lot, but it feels very spacious and comfortable due in large part to the ample fenestration and relatively open floor plan. The house has a very modern feel despite its 75 year age. With a bit of research, the new owners might be able to determine who was responsible for this very thoughtfully-designed Second Bay Tradition home.