Category Archives: Architect-Designed

1 Orchard, Berkeley

This unusual cluster of homes at the foot of Panoramic Hill was designed by Walter Steilberg for his family shortly after he opened his own architectural practice in Berkeley. Steilberg was a longtime associate of Julia Morgan, working as both … Continue reading

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6 Nogales, Berkeley

Today we feature a lovely shingle style bungalow designed by Walter Ratcliff. The bungalow was not a form that Ratcliff favored, preferring instead creative amalgamations of period revival styles, so this home is a bit unique. It is a rare … Continue reading

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132 Alpine Terrace, Oakland

This exceptionally refined Upper Rockridge new modern residence is the work of Randy Ruiz of AAA Architects. Ruiz cut his teeth with a number of respected firms before going out on his own a little over a decade ago. Here … Continue reading

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29 Tappan, Orinda

Our featured home today is a fairly reserved Orinda mid-century attributed to Harry Nakahara. Nakahara was fortunate to be heir to the very successful practice of John Warnecke in whose office he worked as a draftsman for many years. When … Continue reading

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4420 Bridgeview, Oakland

This showy Spanish colonial revival was designed by Guy Brown for Oakland lawyer and mountaineer Bestor Robinson. It was one of the very first homes built in the Oakmore neighborhood when it was first opened for development, making it a … Continue reading

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73 Tara, Orinda

Today we feature another exceptionally well-preserved Orinda mid-century. This one was designed by the always impressive Roger Lee and is being sold by the original owner who had it built in 1958. It features a carefully considered assortment of interior … Continue reading

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139 Hillcrest, Berkeley

Our featured home today is a fairly squat shingle style four square attributed to George Plowman. The home has had a number of modifications over the years but fortunately much of the original interior detailing is intact including plenty of … Continue reading

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