It feels a bit like there has been a shortage of really well-preserved mid-century homes coming on the market over the last month in our area, but perhaps that is simply because there were so many wonderful examples the month before. In any case, we have been feeling like we need a fix, and so we are very pleased have a thoughtful architect-designed Orinda home to share today.
Perhaps Jim Lucas’ most familiar building today is the Berkeley Yacht Club at the end of the Berkeley Marina, but his personal residence in Orinda is definitely noteworthy as well. Lucas designed this home in 1960 and lived in it for the next 42 years – a fact that probably largely accounts for its excellent state of preservation today. All of the redwood paneling is intact inside and out and the huge expanses of glass open up dramatic views from almost every room. The master bedroom is a particularly nice space with the large skylight in the center of the room bisected by an exposed joist.