50 Linda Vista, Orinda

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Suzi O’Brien, Coldwell Banker

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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