Category Archives: Architect-Designed

13015 Skyline, Oakland

Today we feature a beautifully detailed Bay Region modernist residence designed by John Ostwald. The home is made up of two wings oriented around a towering central living space which itself is built around a skylight-surrounded hearth from which the … Continue reading

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21 Norwood, Kensington

Our featured home today is another beautiful post and beam mid-century by Harry Nakahara. Nakahara’s designs have an understated elegance and simplicity that is missing in the more rustic work of some of his contemporaries. This home is no exception … Continue reading

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2959 Northwood, Alameda

Period revival architectural had largely fallen out of favor after the Second World War, but this showy Alameda Monterey colonial revival is a rare exception. It is an exuberant repudiation to the growing tide of modernism that was making its … Continue reading

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910 Indian Rock, Berkeley

The Marrenner house is a distinguished First Bay Region shingle style designed by Walter Ratcliff. Its long façade is another of his deft amalgamations of seemingly disparate elements. Symmetrical end gables are tied together by a perpendicular plane containing an … Continue reading

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2515 Buena Vista, Berkeley

This lovely Spanish colonial revival is attributed to Edwin Snyder who was one of the first architects in the Bay Area to practice in this now ubiquitous style. It is a charming home full of great period embellishment and Snyder’s … Continue reading

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1725 Estudillo, San Leandro

Our featured home today is an intriguing postmodern residence tucked away in the San Leandro hills. Its unusual asymmetrical brick façade cuts an exceptionally striking figure from the street. Brick was not a particularly common material choice for postmodern residences … Continue reading

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217 Hillside, Piedmont

This stately Piedmont colonial revival was designed by Louis Upton for early PG&E manager Edwin Leach. Upton is perhaps best known for the massive homes he designed in Pacific Heights on the other side of the bay (one sold earlier … Continue reading

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