1 Montrose, Berkeley

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From the street, this Robert Ratcliff mid-century appears much like a typical oversized ranch. But as one draws nearer, Ratcliff’s hand becomes more evident in the fine detailing and wonderful combination of materials. The brick and glass and exposed wood that are merely a suggestion outside, are fully revealed within the massive home. Ratcliff is a masterful creator of spaces both intimate and grand and he does not disappoint here. The public spaces are almost entirely glazed with one end dominated by a mass of brick that contains an interesting corner fireplace and a large notch around the clerestory. The spaces are flooded with natural light and the glazing is so complete that there is really a true sense of continuity between the spaces outside and in.

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1 Response to 1 Montrose, Berkeley

  1. Mary says:

    I’m glad that you wrote about this house, because I happened upon it yesterday and saw the interior, which is stunning. They were exhibiting glass sculptures by David Ruth which really fit well with the house. The house integrates indoors and outdoors so well, it feels quintessentially Bay Area.

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