Category Archives: Architect-Designed

2800 Piedmont, Berkeley

This charming Elmwood shingle style home is a quintessential Leola Hall residence complete with her trademark side entrance and grand central staircase all packed into a tiny fractional lot. The home appears to retain almost all of the original detailing … Continue reading

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1465 Vista, El Cerrito

Our featured home today is lovely mid-century jewel box perched atop the El Cerrito hills with broad panoramic views of the bay below. It was designed by local standout Henry Hill at the peak of his productivity and it demonstrates … Continue reading

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89 Southampton, Berkeley

This sizable Berkeley hills mid-century was on the market a few years ago and was just as impressive then. It was originally designed by Gerald McCue but it was substantially remodeled by Joanne Koch of Koch Architects within the last … Continue reading

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145 Duncan, Oakland

This lovely compact mid-century designed by John Hans Ostwald has some great features. It is sited on the bank of the Temescal creek with access to the house via a small truss foot bridge that spans the waterway. The home … Continue reading

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95 Parnassus, Berkeley

This striking art moderne residence was a very forward looking piece of design when it was built in 1935. It was the result of a competition funded by General Electric to create a model of the “New American Home” complete … Continue reading

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686 Mariposa, Oakland

There is no mention of it in the listing, but according to at least one reliable source, this lovely shingled craftsman is the work of Julia Morgan. It is without doubt a highly symmetrical and very finely detailed home, so … Continue reading

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771 San Diego, Berkeley

It has been a little over three years since Donald Olsen passed away, but the impact that he had on the architecture of the Bay Area is still palpable. Olsen cut his own path at a time when modernism in … Continue reading

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